Program Director – Urban Greening

The Nature Conservancy



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The Program Director will manage a new Urban Greening program that delivers natural climate solutions in European cities. These solutions will be designed to directly address climate risks and increase biodiversity initially within Germany and to influence similar projects throughout Europe. Currently, the Urban Greening Program is responsible for projects with three different municipalities throughout Germany, and the dissemination of lessons learned from those projects across interested European cities. The first project will be with Berlin Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf District, the two other cities are still to be selected. The Program Director will be responsible for growing the portfolio of projects beyond these initial 3 municipalities. They will be part of TNC’s Germany team based in the TNC office in Berlin, Germany. This position will direct protection, science, stewardship and community relations for the Urban Greening program of TNC within Europe. The Program Director reports to the Germany Director & Climate Risk and Resilience Lead of TNC Europe. The Program Director will serve as the principal contact for dissemination of technical information and fundraising to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, corporates and the academic community for the Urban Greening program. This position is fixed term for two years, with opportunity for extension up to 5 years.


The Program Director will establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the area of technical focus and geographic responsibility for TNC in Europe, define conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies, build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the municipalities, and develop key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. They will be responsible for the management of the program, including all sub-contracting to partners. They will work with the project scientists hosted by each of the three municipalities, which are part of the Urban Greening program.  The Program Director will also work with TNC US-based colleagues to develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs, engage local community support for local urban greening efforts, and negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural ecosystems and create green space.


  • Manage the Urban Greening program encompassing three municipality projects within Germany
  • Manage cross-boundary work and relationships, and ensure ideas and work are shared across several cities in Germany and Europe and with EU Institutions.
  • Build and maintain a network of urban climate resilience and biodiversity in Europe 
  • Co-lead the Urban Greening program in Germany jointly with the Germany Director & Climate Risk and Resilience Lead of TNC Europe region.
  • Project manage all work products within program scope to support and improve conservation efforts.           
  • Establish and maintain optimal standards of performance for the department or program while controlling costs and administering budgets.
  • Responsible for ensuring that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs.
  • Build network of cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% within Europe and potentially internationally. 
  • Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in urban and conservation planning, natural resources management, architecture or other cities related disciplines, as well as knowledge of climate and environmental issues.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of urban planning and urban resilience initiatives or related field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners under deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience with scientific methods and science projects, either as lead and / or part of a team.
  • Experienced in proposal writing.
  • Skilled and experienced in negotiation skills.
  • Fully bi-lingual (written and spoken) in both German and English.


  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Leadership experience, ideally within a multicultural setting or work environment.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in urban management, urban planning, climate adaptation
  • Experience facilitating learning engagements in virtual and in-person environments.
  • Past history of public presenting and writing on technical matters for a diverse audience.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising
  • Politically savvy.

Please apply through the TNC Careers Website, Job Number: 48834

All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 9, 2020.

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Job Number: 48834
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