The Water Scarcity and Markets Strategy Director oversees the development and implementation of strategies designed to address widespread water scarcity that is threatening nature and people. S/he provides strategic leadership and support for development of an organizational-wide strategy to focus action at multiple scales, and establishes strategic priorities and leadership within the Global Water team.
The Water Scarcity and Markets Strategy Director sits within The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Global Water Team. S/he develops global strategies to address water scarcity and leads the team to oversee those strategies’ implementation. The Director serves as the principal contact with government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, and the academic community for issues pertaining to water scarcity. S/he establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within this area of responsibility, defines conservation priorities, leads and manages a team which supports and improves conservation efforts, and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. S/he engages global community support to scale innovation, negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, agriculture sector leaders, cities, and corporations, and scales these partnerships to advance policy and practice changes that can measurably alleviate water scarcity. This includes encouraging changes in policy and cultural norms to better value water, and encouraging new mechanisms for financing conservation. The initial focus is on developing and testing a coherent strategy for the development of water markets, identifying the specific barriers to valuing water appropriately for the benefit of nature and people, and devising ways to scale and improve the functionality of water markets. The Water Scarcity and Markets Strategy Director will work closely with field teams already engaged in developing mechanisms to value and flexibly manage water in the face of scarcity, and explore new geographies with field leadership. The Water Scarcity and Markets Director will work closely with the NatureVest team in executing impact investment water market deals, by setting priorities for the portfolio of projects that supports the market strategy, and by ensuring maximum value to conservation and the markets strategy during project design. The Water Scarcity and Markets Strategy Director develops a community of practice for the Conservancy around water markets in collaboration with field teams, disseminates best practices, provides training and analyses to best implement organizational measures of success, and develops key partnerships with public & private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analysis, tools and frameworks to address freshwater ecosystem needs. The Director will work closely with the other TNC global, regional and system teams working in agriculture, cities and climate adaptation to explore ways to further promote the efficient use of water and its allocation to the environment. S/he may play a leading role in donor identification, cultivation and stewardship for the program. This position reports to the Managing Director for Water Security.
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For more information and to apply, please visit www.nature.org/careers and search for job ID#45431 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST June 12, 2017. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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