Sustainable Debt Associate, NatureVest (Arlington, VA or NYC)

The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, Virginia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive

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NatureVest, TNC’s impact investment unit, is part of its Impact Finance & Markets (IFM) division. NatureVest’s mission is to create and transact investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. Our vision is based on the conviction that capital markets, businesses and governments must invest in nature as the long-term capital stock of a sustainable, equitable and more efficient economy. To achieve our mission, we source and structure investment products that support TNC’s global strategies, raise capital for these investments, and share our knowledge and experience with the investment and conservation communities to amplify our efforts in this emerging area. To learn more, visit:

The Sustainable Debt Associate will be a core member on multidisciplinary transaction deal teams working to develop and implement sovereign debt transactions focused on conservation outcomes. They will engage in all aspects of deal origination, structuring, and negotiation, as well as internal approvals, capital raising, and investor relations. Key responsibilities shall also include developing flexible and transparent financial models (including the incorporation of credit enhancements and blended finance), performing due diligence and risk assessments, developing internal and external information memoranda, and structuring and closing deals. The initial focus of the position will be to support a senior transaction lead and contribute to the entire deal development and closing process, with the aim of eventually taking ownership over specific transactions with Director or Managing Director oversight.

Location is Arlington, VA, or New York, New York with the opportunity to work from home some of the time.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree and 5 years’ experience in a private sector environment, such as investment or commercial banking, debt investment management, or consulting or with a leading conservation organization or government/multilateral entity, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience developing and implementing complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
  • Experience working with diverse groups in a matrixed environment.
  • Must have played at least a supporting role in debt capital markets or related deal origination.
  • Experience negotiating complex legal agreements from a business/financial perspective.

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