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Wildlife Conservation Society 7 days ago
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Program Manager, Marine 30×30

New York City

Global Conservation Full-Time


Job Description

Position: Program Manager, Marine 30×30

Reports to: Director, Marine 30×30
Position Managed: None
Location: Global WCS country program or regional hub
Country Program/Sector: US/GCP/Marine Conservation
Scope: Global
Position Type: Full-Time

Job Summary:

Program Manager, Marine 30×30 oversees the daily operations of the Marine 30×30 Program across nine WCS regions and provides coordination support for external partnerships with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), researchers, funders, and other stakeholders. This position will administer internal funds through the WCS Ocean Accelerator to advance the Marine 30×30 program in WCS country programs.

The position will work closely with a team of area-based conservation experts, practitioners, and WCS specialists in other fields, including small-scale fisheries, coral reefs, sharks and rays, ocean giants, international policy, and rights and communities. This position will report to and work closely with the Director, Marine 30×30, to develop and implement streamlined project management tools. This position will support the Marine 30×30 Director in communicating progress to internal and external partners and lead reporting on several global grants to deliver a collaborative, science-based, and cutting-edge area-based conservation program.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Ensure effective project management of the WCS Ocean Accelerator and ensure timely delivery of calls for proposals from WCS country programs; develop and manage a system for transparency and tracking of progress, coordination, and delivery on projects, work plans, and deadlines; and maintain program files, databases, and project portfolios to ensure proper document management.
  • Manage the delivery of the WCS Global Marine 30×30 program strategy. This involves leading internal WCS information flow and collaboration, helping translate the global Marine 30×30 strategy into actionable plans and initiatives, and monitoring and communicating outcomes.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of the Equitable 30×30 mentorship program.
  • Facilitate effective communication across WCS regions and WCS global programs, including support for internal and external communications with the Director, Marine 30×30, and filter and prioritize information to organize a timeline of critical issues, decisions, and deadlines.
  • Lead regular reporting on the Marine 30×30 Programs progress, including tracking performance metrics and reports to funders for centrally managed area-based conservation grants.
  • Support partnership and communication by fostering collaboration and teamwork within the Marine 30×30 program team and across the organization. Build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to advance the implementation of the global Marine 30×30 program strategy. Facilitate regular coordination, collaboration, and active dialogue with key stakeholders and WCS regions.
  • Work with the Director, Marine 30×30, to develop and implement fundraising strategies to secure financial resources for the program. Develop timelines and lead strategic engagement with WCS regional programs on new funding proposals and reporting on existing funding: develop timelines, lead writing and review by WCS programs, and take responsibility for delivering submissions in coordination with the WCS Global Resources team.
  • Develop summary documents, policy notes and other relevant documents on topics of interest to the Marine 30×30 Program.
  • Coordinate Marine 30×30 teams participation in relevant events and conferences, including the Convention of Biological Diversity, various taskforces, committees, working groups, and internal meetings and gatherings. Including coordinating events, strategic communications, and travel logistics and representing the program at conferences when needed.
  • Work with the Business Manager, Marine Conservation, to support the development of financial reviews and budget management of global grants and programs, including preparing and reviewing proposals, reports, and quarterly budget reviews and financial reporting.
  • Oversee the preparation and management of consultancy contracts and sub-grant agreements for the global Marine 30×30 program and the Ocean Accelerator. Coordinate regular Marine 30×30 team meetings to ensure the team is on track to meet program goals and deadlines. Set up shared and collaborative online processes to manage deadlines and scheduling for the team.

Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelors degree, preferably in natural and/or social sciences, international environmental policy, environmental economics, or equivalent work experience. Masters degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in writing fundraising proposals and project management with demonstrable expertise in writing technical reports, preparing and monitoring budgets and contracts, and overseeing project reporting.
  • Understanding of area-based conservation management. Experience in inclusive and equitable decision-making processes, effective management evaluation, conservation finance, and /or ecological integrity monitoring is a distinct advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and teams, including communicating information across stakeholders and efficient reporting to funders.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, reviewing, and editing reports (technical and donor-facing).
  • Must be able to work effectively and efficiently to donors requests in a timely manner.
  • Ability to be proactive and anticipate challenges while identifying potential opportunities and solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including working with people from different backgrounds and cultures and within a remote and globally distributed team across WCS programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining effective partnerships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Additional Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel internationally is required.

WCS is an equal opportunity employer, and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and engaging a erse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value. The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on gender, race/ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information or any other covered status or characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.

It is everyones responsibility to ensure that we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based upon a persons membership in one of these protected categories in areas such as recruitment, selection, job assignment, supervision, training, promotions, job grading, transfers, termination, compensation, benefits, educational opportunities, WCS sponsored recreational activities and facilities.

Note that the salary offer will reflect the selected candidates inidual experiences, skills and qualifications, internal equity, work location and country of work.

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