Manager, Conservation Finance - Toronto, Ontario

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 14 million hectares (35 million acres) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description

Reporting to the Director, Conservation Finance, the Manager, Conservation Finance will play an important role in supporting and shaping the conservation finance programs underway and in development within NCC.  A primary responsibility will be to provide strong technical support for NCC’s Carbon Program.  In addition, the Manager will assist in reviewing and developing business cases to support new conservation finance models and approaches to achieving conservation at scale across a broad array of landscapes within Canada.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the negotiation and drafting of carbon offset purchases agreements.
  • Undertake suitability review of potential counterparties.
  • Assess carbon market supply and demand, including monitoring pricing.
  • Financial modelling of scenarios as may be required.
  • Tracking of credits internally and through a public Registry system.
  • Direct client solicitation, ongoing contact and supporting relationship management.
  • Review of social impact finance models and concepts.
  • Review, assessment and development of investment structures and vehicles to attract external investment.
  • Develops and implements  pay for performance models of program delivery.
  • Review other creative finance-based approaches, to catalyze conservation at scale.
  • Assist in design of flood and fire risk mitigation approaches to attract external capital.
  • Managing related projects/events ex; upcoming conservation finance conference
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Director. 

Accountability

  • This management role carries with it a high degree of personal responsibility.
  • Contract terms and conditions are negotiated with sophisticated counterparties, and carry risk to the organization, requiring strong skills.
  • The Manager’s role is expected to be key in developing future programs and conservation finance approaches, requiring strong organizational commitment.

Required Skills and Attributes

  • Undergraduate Honours Degree in Business (B.Comm) or M.B.A. or comparable studies.
  • 2 to 3 years minimum working experience, preferably with some financial markets exposure
  • Background in studying natural resource concepts/management would be an asset.
  • Project management experience and ability to multi-task.
  • Proficient with different applicable  software (ex; Excel, Project management software,  Powerpoint, etc.).
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Great verbal and written communications skills.

To Apply

NCC is an equal opportunity employer.  If you are interested in joining our team, please forward your resume and cover letter and salary expectations indicating “Manager, Conservation Finance” in the subject line to the Nature Conservancy of Canada via e-mail:  careers@natureconservancy.ca no later than 5:00pm on Friday February 28, 2020.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) we strive to promote diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.
NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

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