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Chief of Staff - Office of the CEO

Arlington, VA
Feb 15, 2022
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Arlington, Virginia, USA

A Little About Us

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

In addition to the minimum requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

All TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason, or claim an exemption under applicable state law will be considered.


The Chief of Staff provides leadership to the Office of the CEO and serves as a key strategic advisor to TNC’s Chief Executive Officer. Working in close partnership and in coordination with the executive leadership team (ELT), the Chief of Staff drives execution of progress on key organizational priorities, leads and manages projects with skillful active management, and manages the Office of the CEO and staff, ensuring effective operations, communication, and CEO engagement strategy.

Responsibilities And Scope

  • Manage a small team of administrative and professional staff, including responsibility for training, professional development, establishing clear directions, setting “stretch” objectives, and overseeing the execution of day-to-day work;
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with executives, senior leaders, and colleagues at all levels to achieve project objectives and deliverables and positively impact TNC’s culture;
  • Document and communicate decisions and action items from meetings and ensure follow-up and closure of action items;
  • Actively support a culture of accountability for execution and results;
  • Assist CEO in coordinating critical priorities, including: (1) serve as a strategic advisor and counsel to the CEO ; (2) assume day-to-day responsibility for assigned projects and tasks; and (3) plan and participate in ELT meetings and retreats that advance the CEO’s executive agenda;
  • Maintain and communicate regarding the ELT’s top priorities, ensuring outcomes and action steps are clearly communicated and tracked appropriately ensure that projects stay on track;
  • Maintain a management reporting tool (dashboard) to track progress on the ELT member OKRs/KPIs;
  • Keep a pulse on the organization, ensuring that there is good flow of communication between functions and assisting, as necessary, to connect the dots with others across TNC;
  • Prepare and/or contribute to the preparation of reports, briefings, presentations, etc. for meetings and other priority issues involving the CEO;
  • Ensure the CEO is properly briefed on strategic calendar events (in close coordination with the CEO’s Advance Team);
  • Identify issues that impact the successful execution of plans, including elevating issues of which the CEO, and/or the executive leadership should be aware, and framing ideas to solve the problem/mitigate the risk;
  • Oversee the successful on-boarding of new executive leaders reporting into the Office of the CEO;
  • Help to facilitate teamwork and communication at all levels within TNC.
  • Be humble and curious; and lead with compassion, embrace the power of trust, and be kind!
  • Have fun and bring joy to the work you do!

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years relevant experience, including previous experience supporting leaders in a complex organization.
  • Experience managing a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and senior level staff.
  • Experience proactively managing complex, high profile or sensitive initiatives.
  • Experience in working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to achieve objectives in an inclusive way.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English
  • Communication and presentation skills experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Proven ability to be resilient in a fast-paced environment.
  • Previous success as a Chief of Staff to a senior leader.
  • Extensive management experience including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a large multi-disciplinary team. Keeps staff informed and expresses appreciation.
  • Proven managerial talent in budgeting, staffing, and performance management. Delegates responsibility and authority to staff and clearly defines expectations.
  • Proven track record of success in handling confidential information.
  • Experience with meeting facilitation and management.
  • Demonstrated systems thinker.
  • Ability to foster an environment of creativity and professional growth.
  • Well organized and self-directed.
  • Proven technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus. Demonstrated operational, implementation and detail-oriented perspective.
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in conservation, government relations, fund raising and non-profit management.
  • Desire and ability to travel periodically (5-10% of year) to support CEO or ELT priorities.


To apply for job ID 51035, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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 people 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.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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