Assistant Director, Field Programs

New York, United States
Mar 18, 2015
Mar 31, 2015
Employment Type
Full time, Permanent
Salary Type

Position title: Assistant Director, Field Programs
Location: New York, NY
Reports to: President

The Organization

Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the most imperiled large cats – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, cougars and leopards. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities and governments around the globe. For more on Panthera, visit

Summary/Position Overview

Panthera seeks a full-time, experienced Assistant Director of Field Programs to be based in the New York City office. The Assistant Director will be a key member of Panthera’s scientific team assisting the President with the planning, management, analysis and communication of Panthera’s field conservation activities. Responsibilities include: providing technical and scientific support to field staff; program strategic planning and assisting with program work-planning; assisting in the preparation of Panthera scientific and popular literature; managing external grantees; managing Panthera’s Scientific Advisory Council; managing Panthera’s camera-trap program; and liaising with Communications, Fundraising, and Finance divisions in the NY office.

Principal responsibilities and duties

• Collate and manage field-datasets collected by external grantees, partners and Panthera field staff, in coordination with Species Program staff,
• Contribute to the analysis of a wide variety of field survey data to derive estimates of felid population size, site occupancy and movement along corridors etc,
• Lead the collation of information on distribution and population status of large cats, to contribute to regular ‘State of the Cats’ reports in collaboration with the IUCN Cat Specialist Group,
• Support the coordination of the organisation’s Scientific Council, including assisting in the preparation of Council outputs including position statements and white-papers,
• Assist in the preparation of Panthera literature, including contributing to peer-reviewed publications, popular articles and coordinating the production of scholarly edited volumes,
• Manage Panthera’s external grants programs, including coordinating application, review and decision process,
• Oversee allocation and tracking of the organisation’s custom-made camera traps; coordinate with Chief Technology Officer in the production of camera-traps,
• Structure grant agreements and other legal agreements such as Memoranda of Understanding; act as point of contact for MOUs and other legal agreements with range state governments and NGO partners,
• Represent Panthera through contacts with host country governments, donors, governmental agencies and other NGOs through meetings, speaking engagements, media interviews, writing, and general communications,
• Assist the Development Department with content for grant proposals
• Assist the Communications Department in the creation of programmatic materials, brochures, and reports; assist in production of print and online media covering field activities; help produce content for Panthera’s website and social networking sites

Qualifications and experience required

• PhD or equivalent in relevant field (conservation, ecology, wildlife biology, natural resource management etc) with at least three years of project management experience; relevant experience in large carnivore conservation issues strongly preferred,
• Proven publication record in various fora, including peer-reviewed scientific writing, position statements, popular articles, and funding proposals,
• Proficiency in contemporary statistical analytical tools such as Spatially Explicit Capture-Recapture, Occupancy Analysis, Resource Selection Functions, etc.,
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including effective presentation and strong interpersonal skills; additional language skills are desirable,
• Demonstrated working knowledge of concepts and practices in management of conservation programs.

Please apply through the following link. The application deadline is March 31, 2015