The Program Lead, Cities oversees all aspects of our Cities program area, currently focused in Chennai but with the future possibility of expanding to other cities in India. The Program Lead, Cities provides technical, strategy and managerial leadership to our emerging urban conservation work in India and serve as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community. She or he manages a small team of dedicated conservationists and coordinates with other departments and teams within the organization.
The Program Lead, Cities oversees our broader cities conservation work, currently focused in Chennai. S/he provides technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert for urban conservation in a variety of initiatives, including urban water body restoration, green/nature-based infrastructure, urban conservation planning and other priority urban conservation initiatives. She or he will build upon the current body of work to have a cohesive and comprehensive cities conservation strategy focusing on Chennai with the option to expand to additional cities in the future.
S/he builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and collaborates with other scientists, practitioners and institutions to enhance Conservancy practices. The Program Lead, Cities also negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, corporations, and local partners to conserve and protect natural communities and develops and implements conservation strategies. As the lead of this work, s/he will also manage the team members, consultants, and partnerships in order to ensure effective and successful delivery of our priority projects. The Lead will also help establish the Conservancy as a major partner within the Indian urban conservation space and represent the organization in a variety of fora.