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The Nature Conservancy Seek Manager of Forestry Investments

August 29, 2019

Position Description                                                                                                                                            182c089b-dd82-4486-87ab-1897b8332874-resume_upload-logo                                                                       

Manager of Forestry Investments

 

Job Summary

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. 

The Manager of Forestry Investments will be a member of the NatureVest Team, working closely with the Senior Director of
Forestry Investments to identify, structure, close and manage investments globally that support The Nature Conservancy’s forest
conservation priorities to further land and water protection and climate change mitigation goals.
 
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in
more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of the Conservancy is to conserve
the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are
committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. For more information, please visit http://www.nature.org
NatureVest is the impact investment unit of The Nature Conservancy. NatureVest’s mission is to create and transact investable
deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. Our vision is based on the conviction that capital markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more efficient economy. For more information please visit http://www.nature.org/naturevest

The Manager of Forestry Investments will report to the Senior Director of Forestry Investments. The Manager’s role will be
to mobilize private capital to support the Conservancy’s priority strategies of protecting land and water and tackling climate
change, particularly as it relates to forest conservation, sustainable forest management and reforestation. The Manager will
work closely with staff from across the Conservancy who work on issues of forest conservation. The Manager will conduct
market analysis to inform NatureVest’s forest investment strategies and develop recommendations for strategy alternatives
for review by the Senior Director of Forestry Investments and the NatureVest Management Team. In addition, the Manager
will prepare budgets, pro formas and conduct financial analysis to inform asset management and decision making related to
NatureVest’s forestry investments. This includes investment and business design; financial analysis and modeling; capital
structuring; market analysis; investor market-testing; and risk assessment and mitigation. In this capacity, s/he will prepare
financial models, investor pitch decks, and other materials.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

Origination and Pipeline Development:

 Work with the Senior Director of Forestry Investments and NatureVest’s Investment Origination team to source, evaluate and
prioritize new forest investment strategies and opportunities.
 Work closely with Global and Regional TNC colleagues to identify potential pipeline transactions and ensure transactions are
aligned with TNC’s conservation priorities and investor interests.
 Conduct financial assessment of new investment opportunities including: detailed business model, financial model and cash
flow analysis; regulatory and business risk assessment; and stakeholder engagement and negotiation.
 Make independent decisions frequently based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
 Incorporate cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
 
Fundraising:
 Develop investment strategies and associated financial and legal structures that satisfy TNC’s conservation and
reputational priorities while meeting investor needs.
 Conduct detailed negotiations with potential investors, operating partners and key stakeholders
 Develop detailed presentations, investment memorandums and any other necessary investor materials.
 Participate in fundraising meetings and investor presentations.
 
Acquisitions and Capital Investment:
 Work closely with the Senior Director of Forestry Investment and other Conservancy colleagues to negotiate forest acquisitions
and manage the transaction process.

Asset Management:
 Develop annual budgets for NatureVest forestry investments.
 Work closely with Conservancy field staff and contractors involved in forest management.
 Prepare regular market analysis and associated reports to support asset management decisions.
 Work closely with Conservancy finance staff to prepare quarterly and annual investor reports.
 

MINIMUM
QUALIFICATIONS
 BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in the private sector, such as management consulting and investment banking, or in
business-facing activities at a conservation organization or government entity.
 Work experience or coursework in forestry, agriculture, carbon, energy and/or other natural resources management.
 Experience preparing budgets, financial models and conducting financial analysis to inform decisions.
 Experience conducting market analysis and developing business and/or investment strategies based on that analysis.
 Experience developing and implementing complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
 Fluency in English.
 
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
 M.B.A. or other degree with significant course work in business, finance or economics.
 Forest management experience, including knowledge of forest inventory techniques and forest operations.
 Commitment to the mission and values of The Nature Conservancy.
 Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with Conservancy
partners.
 Ability to successfully develop and implement complex projects in an unstructured environment.
 Outstanding analytical and project management capabilities.
 Superior written and oral communications.
 Private sector fundraising and/or marketing experience, including involvement in investor or thought leadership roadshows
and development and delivery of pitch presentations.
 Investment experience including transaction structuring, cash flow modeling and experience in securing capital from investors
such as investment banks, private wealth managers, public pension plans, endowment funds, private trusts and high-net worth
individuals.
 Experience developing and using complex financial models to assess project potential.
 Experience applying business strategy considerations in investment design
 Demonstrated experience using diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships and motivate staff and partners.
 Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global
affairs.
 Proficiency in a language other than English.
 Requires willingness and ability to travel both domestically and internationally, and to work occasional weekends and
evenings.
 
ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES
 
Accountability for Outcomes
Pushes for excellence. Establishes challenging goals for self and others to drive performance in support of
the Conservancy’s mission. Rewards behavior that achieves these standards and is aligned with the
organization’s mission/ values. Takes action to address performance problems in a timely and appropriate
manner.

Builds Organizational Capability
Builds or adapts organizational structures to accomplish the mission and to improve performance. This
includes reorganizing organizational systems, structures, processes, procedures, communication channels or
reporting relationships. With the Conservancy’s strategic filter in mind, determines who can contribute,
gets the right people involved, and builds bench strength for the future.
 
Collaboration & Teamwork
Shows a willingness to put the needs and goals of a global organization before personal/local/departmental
needs. Works with others across organizational boundaries. Makes decisions, sets priorities, and allocates
resources to help the organization as a whole achieve results.
Communications Effectively expresses messages verbally and in writing. Actively listens to others. Fosters open exchange
of issues. Is timely with information.

Courage &Decisiveness
Makes decisions and stands by them. Makes timely decisions even under pressure and when lacking complete information. Has the courage to modify decisions and admit why and how they were wrong.
 
Flexibility & Innovation
Flexible to changing circumstances. Takes innovative approaches towards work. Takes calculated risks and makes dependable decisions in the fact of uncertainty.
 
Influences for Results
Achieves results by persuading, convincing, or influencing others. Adapts approach to the individual or group and knows how and when to use complex influence strategies. Uses success stories and passion for the mission to generate enthusiasm and support.
 
Open to Learning
Versatile learner and committed to self-improvement. Employs strengths effectively. Willingly shares knowledge with others. Seeks coaching on areas needing improvement. Adjusts behavior/performance as needed. Views mistakes as learning opportunities.
 
Organizational Awareness
Understands the basics of our business. Knows how local job relates to the big picture & contributes to the overall strategy. Knows how/why things work inside TNC. Easily moves through internal networks and channels for success. 
 
 
To apply to position number 47936, log onto https://www.nature.org/en-us/connect/careers/
and submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons.
All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 27, 2019.
 
Please note that preference Chicago, Denver or New York

 

 

 

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law. 

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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