blog postsSouthern Illinois Program Director (The Nature Conservancy)Sep 5, 2018 10:30 am35 views The Southern Illinois Program Director defines conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies. Develops and manages opportunities for conservation partnerships, collaborations, and community engagement with local, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and private entities. Seeks out and manages public/private partnerships and grants and donor support to implement conservation actions. Responsible for advancing stewardship, applied science and community relations across southern Illinois. Serves as the principal contact with government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community. Develops innovative methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address conservation issues, engage local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiate potentially complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities.