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Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion!
The Senior Attorney will provide legal services on complex matters to advance Conservancy priorities and appropriately manage risk for assigned programs and ensure that transactions and activities are legally sound and consistent with the Conservancy’s mission, authority, policies and procedures. The Senior Attorney will clearly articulate complex legal concepts and options to assigned programs. They will be responsible for providing legal advice and support regarding matters relating to all aspects of the Conservancy’s programs for assigned business units within the western United States. These matters include conservation real estate matters (such as licenses, leases, easements, purchases, and sales). The Senior Attorney may also provide advice on complex non-real estate conservation projects; carbon credit and climate change initiatives; contracts and grants; legal support for the Conservancy’s engagements and relationships with large corporations; advice regarding intellectual property, marketing, tax-exempt law issues and philanthropy. They will own primary responsibility for particular substantive legal areas (for example, groundwater sustainability).
The Senior Attorney is responsible for providing legal support for other aspects of the Conservancy’s programs and for interpreting and administering the Conservancy’s corporate policies and procedures as they apply to the Conservancy’s work. They may review organizational documents that have legal significance, offering opinions on modifications that will enhance the organization’s position legally. The Senior Attorney works as part of a team of attorneys, paralegals and support staff. This position may have supervisory responsibility for paralegals and may be asked to supervise other attorneys.
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

• Assists in structuring activities to most effectively achieve Conservancy goals.
• Reviews organizational documents and prepares and examines agreements, which may involve government grants, funding agreements, leases, licenses, purchases, sales, insurance, easements, construction, and procurement of goods and services.
• Influences decision-makers in assigned programs through strong communication skills.
• Manages outside counsel effectively.
• May supervise and/or provide guidance to less experienced attorneys and/or paralegals and other support staff.
• Performs special projects as requested by department management.
• Serves as the primary legal contact for various clients.
• Travels occasionally; works long and/or flexible hours as needed.


• Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.
• Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.
• Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.
• Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.
• Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder.
• Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.
• Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

• Juris Doctorate or equivalent and license to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.
• Five (5) years relevant legal experience or at least three (3) years relevant legal experience coupled with assumption of significant responsibilities for a geographic area or subject matter expertise.
• Experience negotiating complex transactions and agreements.
• Experience advising clients on evaluating and managing risk.
• Experience in transactional law (real estate and/or water), including drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements in a manner that manages legal risk and facilitates legal compliance.
• Experience in real estate law and legal issues relating to land management, including acquisitions, leases, easements, encroachments, restoration, and coordination with public agencies.
• Experience in tax-exempt law, intellectual property, and negotiating contracts with large corporations.
• Experience in additional areas of practice, such as water law, nonprofit law (including philanthropy, marketing and tax/private benefit issues), and government grants.
• In-house experience and/or law firm experience advising sophisticated clients and senior management.
• Experience training business staff on legal issues and training other legal staff in areas of expertise.
• Ability to cultivate the creative ideas of others to identify potential solutions to complex and less-defined problems.
• Ability to identify process improvements in order to more efficiently manage legal risk for an organization.
• Experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
• Experience supervising staff such as other attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff.
• Legal research and writing experience.
• Working knowledge of current trends in relevant discipline.
• Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.

TNC Job ID: 51731 Position Close: July 20, 2022
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