TITLE:Director, Global Fire Initiative

SUPERVISOR:Director, Southeast Division

LOCATION: Negotiable

DATE PREPARED: July 18,2002


The Director is responsible for leading anorganization-wide Global Fire Initiative (GFI) to abate the threat of alteredfire regimes to biodiversity in countries where The Nature Conservancy (TNC) isactive. The GFI is one of five TNC-wide conservation initiatives. The goals andactivities of the GFI will include: 1) assessing the nature of the threatglobally and establishing priorities; 2) working with all TNC units to alignefforts and resources around a set of the most highly leveraged strategies,including policy, science, education, capacity building, adaptive management,and community-based conservation; 3) assessing GFI progress and measuringsuccess; and 4) managing risks to the organization resulting from firemanagement of TNC lands. S/he will develop, maintain and build collaborativepartnerships with the key international and national multi-lateralorganizations, agencies and NGOs capable of bringing TNC’s efforts to scalemost rapidly. The Director will work closely with TNC senior leadership andother initiative directors in developing and implementing strategies identifiedin the initiative business plan. The Director will manage and recruit a smallprofessional staff of 10-15 professionals dispersed across the organization, aswell as lead several organization-wide teams related to the initiative. S/hewill manage an annual budget of $1.5-3 million and will have significantfundraising responsibilities, with an emphasis on securing public-sectorsupport. The GFI Director is supervised by the Director, Southeast Division.This position is full-time and exempt.


1.Build and lead a GFI team responsible for catalyzing, focusing andcoordinating efforts and resources across the Conservancy with the goal ofimplementing highly leveraged conservation strategies to measurably abate thethreat of altered fire regimes in some 35 countries. Of highest priority will beestablishing teams to take effective action in countries with the most immediateand severe threats.

2.Ensure that GFI goals and actions are consistent with TNC’sorganizational strategy (Conservation by Design), are communicated across theorganization, and are integrated with and complementary to the plans and actionsof TNC Country and State Operating Units, Departments, and other TNCconservation initiatives, by actively working with management at all levels.

3.Effectively improve and implement the GFI business plan, includingsupervising and recruiting staff, building an initiative team, managing astart-up budget of $1.5 million, identifying needs and resources beyond thestart-up phase, assessing progress against the business plan, and makingstrategic course corrections as needed. 

4.Work with the TNC Philanthropy and Marketing teams to identify andattract private and public funds in support of organization-wide initiativegoals as well as support the core initiative budget, with an emphasis on publicsector and multilateral organization funding.

5Work with TNC External Affairs and State and Country Operating Units to increasethe effectiveness of targeted government programs by strengthening biodiversitycomponents of fire policies and promoting the implementation of existingprograms (e.g., US National Fire Plan).

6.Take the lead in building and maintaining partnerships and establishingcollaborative projects with key players in the fire arena that clearly advanceGFI goals and threat abatement, including international NGOs (e.g., IUCN, CI,WWF), multilateral organizations (e.g., UNEP, World Bank) and governmentagencies (e.g., USAID).

7.Work with TNC Conservation Marketing Department to develop and implementtimely and proactive public-private education campaigns that convey the urgencyof the issue and the promise of real progress through practical action. 

8.Overseedevelopment of meaningful performance measures for the GFI. Use these measuresto track accomplishments and, where necessary, work with the GFI team to makemid-course corrections to the business plan.

9.Foster development of strategically targeted TNC demonstration projects,where best practices in ecosystem-scale planning, community-based restoration,and ecologically based fire management are used to engage and educate partners.

10.Oversee staff activities related to managing the fire-related risks ofTNC land ownership and management, including developing, updating andimplementing standard operating procedures, training and compliance tracking.


1.Advanceddegree in natural sciences, public policy or related fields, with a demonstratedunderstanding of fire-related threats to biodiversity. 

2.Exceptionalleadership, vision and communication skills, and a successful record of hiringand motivating strong staff to achieve results. Experience in successfullyleading high-achieving teams linked by a common purpose rather than lines ofauthority. 

3.Provensuccess in planning and implementing large-scale projects and strategies usinganalytical and strategic thinking.

4.Provenunderstanding and experience in working effectively with public officials andprivate sector leaders to garner program support. Demonstrated organizationalagility and savvy, successful use of informal and formal networks, and abilityto maneuver through complex political and organizational situations.

5.Demonstrated ability to produce tangible results and deal effectivelywith ambiguity.

6.A strong belief in the mission of The Nature Conservancy.

7. Willingness and ability to travel frequently, sometimes on short notice.

8.Experience working in a number of different countries and culturesstrongly preferred.

9.Multilingual skills preferred. 

Send letter and resumeto:

Jeff Hardesty, TheNature Conservancy (GFI), PO Box 118526, 

Dept. of Botany, Univ.of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611



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