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Global Director, HR Field Programs

The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, Virginia 22203
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  • Employee Relations
  • HR Generalist
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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is in the midst of its most significant and important evolution in a generation as we shift from focusing primarily on land and water protection to addressing global problems that affect people and nature around the world. This evolution requires a similar shift in our culture, leadership, and HR systems and processes. The Field Programs team is at the center of this shift, providing critical strategic HR tools, services, and advice to leaders across TNC. More specifically, HR Business Partners and the Field Programs team provide strategic guidance and support to managers and employees in the following areas: Strategy Development, Change Management/ Organizational Design, Performance Improvement, Employee Relations & Risk Management, and HR Processes, Systems, and Tools. The Global Director, Human Resources Field Programs manages a team of HR Business Partners and generalists to provide excellent service, collaborate with colleagues across TNC, and accelerate the implementation of our organizational priorities.



The Director plays a key role in developing and implementing the people strategy and practices across the organization. The role provides leadership, management and coaching to HR Business Partners working at international, regional, functional and operating unit levels. The Director oversees a large network of operations staff across the organization to design and implement priority HR projects and initiatives. The Director leads high risk, unusual employee relations cases and sensitive internal situations, and serves as the HR liaison to the Diversity & Inclusion, Ethics & Compliance and HR Legal teams to develop & administer HR standards, Policies & Procedures. The Director also serves as the HR Business Partner to the Conservancy’s Executive Team, which includes up to 50 staff in the Office of the President and Chief Conservation Office. This position oversees a program area of 15 staff, directly supervises 8-10 HR Business Partners in different locations throughout the US, and manages an annual budget of $2.6M. The Director serves on the People Leadership Team and reports directly to the Chief People Officer.




Strategic Leadership


  • Partner closely with the People Management Team, HR Business Partners, and Senior Leaders to identify annual priorities for the Field Programs team.

  • Conduct performance analyses on existent strategies, procedures, and policies, identifying areas for improvement and developing actionable and sustainable solutions where needed. Lead the Annual People Survey team to analyze data, benchmark year on year and produce an Action Plan to address areas of concern.


    Management and Team Building


  • Manage a team of HR Business Partners and HR Generalists and support them to develop in their roles and careers and to implement their individual and collective priorities.

  • Create and use consistent management processes, such as quarterly project reviews, team retreats, and 1:1 meetings.

  • Develop the team’s acumen in change management, organizational design, and internal consulting to complement their HR expertise.

  • Interact with the network of Directors of Finance and Operations (DFOs) to build their capabilities to implement HR strategies in their respective business units. Assess each unit against HR goals; perform gap analysis of HR skill sets, and develop/implement plans to build skills & field capacity.

  • Design and conduct semi-annual trainings for Directors of Operations.


    Executive Support


  • Provide strategic HR support to the Office of the President and Chief Conservation Office. Build strong and lasting relationships with executive team members and senior leaders throughout the organization. Collaborate with these individuals to spearhead the development of HR field strategies.


    Employee Relations and Compliance

  • Work closely with the People Team, regional attorneys, and regional staff to develop successful work processes and ensure legal compliance abroad.

  • Design standardized HR policies & procedures, methods of documenting performance, management of internal investigations, termination procedures, severance plans, and performance management guidelines across all operating units and functional areas. Lead the effort to strengthen compliance processes and manage risk associated with job eliminations, group lay-offs, and terminations for cause or other disciplinary actions and high-profile situations.   Develop and maintain the Conservancy’s severance agreement template, review and approve all outgoing severance agreements. Oversee EEOC investigations and claims. 

  • Work closely with the Ethics and Compliance Office to ensure that all HR policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and continue to reflect both up-to-date employment laws and best practices.



  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years related experience as a senior leader in HR. (Advanced degree in Human Resources Management or related discipline and SPHR certification may be required.)

  • This role requires a strong understanding of the HR fundamentals & employment laws (i.e., FLSA, FMLA, EEO, HIPAA, ADA, ERISA, COBRA and other federal and state laws covering discrimination and equal opportunity employment).

  • Experience at director level in Field Programs or Employee Relations. Strong client service orientation and ability to produce results in a high-performing environment.

  • Strong business acumen and ability to work well across different functions in order to integrate HR and business strategies.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Effective problem solving ability.

  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders.

  • Experience in managing and coordinating the work of 7-10 HR professionals.

  • Experience in working directly with senior leadership on HR issues.

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