The Marine Conservation Director is a new position that will lead development and implementation of The Nature Conservancy’s coastal and marine strategies, with a focus on providing expertise on conservation policy and planning efforts and leading complex partner-based conservation projects within the South Carolina Chapter and the South Atlantic Seascape. S/he serves as a principal marine contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, academia, and local communities.
The Marine Conservation Director establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within South Carolina’s offshore and nearshore marine environments. S/he defines conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies, builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. S/he develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs, engages local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and stakeholders to conserve and protect natural marine and estuarine communities. S/he leads the Chapter’s coastal adaptation and resilience strategies and offshore marine strategies to include ocean planning efforts, offshore energy engagement, fisheries, and sediment management. S/he works closely with Philanthropy and other staff to raise project funding support by identifying opportunities and developing proposals and grant applications.