Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships - Location Flexible

The Nature Conservancy

Toronto, Canada

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive

About Us

Nature United is a national organization committed to reimagining conservation across Canada. Our mission is to create solutions for people and nature by building diverse partnerships to protect lands and waters and to ensure nature is the foundation of healthy communities, economies and future opportunities. Our areas of focus are to advance sustainable management of lands and waters by supporting Indigenous leadership and authority and responsible resource use, and to harness the power of nature to address the climate crisis by advancing natural climate solutions.

Our organization is honoured to work with many Indigenous partners. We recognize and respect the Indigenous Peoples of Canada—First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nations—as the original rights-holders of the lands and waters in Canada. We have an ongoing commitment to continue to strengthen our awareness of the history and enduring impacts of colonialism, and to build partnerships based on reconciliation, as well as respect, equity, open dialogue, integrity and mutual accountability.

As an affiliate of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), what we do is informed by the best global science and supported by the leadership of the world’s largest conservation organization. Nature United is headquartered in Toronto and builds on the Conservancy’s long history of conservation achievements in Canada.

Position Summary

The Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships leads the Strategic Partnerships program of Nature United. They provide leadership of corporate engagement, national and subnational government relations, and organizational management to deliver against Nature United’s conservation, funding and brand awareness goals.

With the launch of its new Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) program and continued history in supporting Indigenous-led conservation, stewardship, and economic development, Nature United is poised for significant growth over the next year. The Interim Director of Strategic Partnerships will play a critical role in advancing highly visible and influential government, corporate and NGO partnerships, leveraging:

  • Federal government commitment of $4 billion for NCS and planting 2 billion trees.
  • Commitments by corporate leaders for net-zero emissions and deploying NCS in Canada.
  • $20+ million Bezos Earth Fund grant for NCS in British Columbia.
  • Ground-breaking NCS science led by Nature United/TNC launching in Spring 2021 followed by an ambitious corporate, government and Indigenous community awareness campaign.

This is a 12-month term position, with possible extension. Location is flexible.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, business or related field and 6 years of senior management level experience in government relations, corporate sector, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Federal agency or congressional staff experience or equivalent experience for positions with a global focus and/or experience in a corporate environment with business development, banking, corporate social responsibility, or corporate sustainability.
  • Experience working with partners and government agencies.
  • Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization.
  • Proven experience in strategy development and implementation.
  • Experience negotiating complex high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Experience with written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Fluency in English.

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