International Programs Manager

Bat Conservation International
Austin, Texas
$45,000-$60,000 + Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/AD&D/PTO/401k
May 12, 2017
Jul 11, 2017
Biology, Ecology, Mammology
Job Level
Senior level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

POSITION TITLE:                               International Programs Manager

DEPARTMENT:                                  Conservation

FLSA STATUS:                                    Exempt/Salaried

Location:                                            Austin, Texas or Washington D.C.

Closing Date:                                     Open until filled


Our mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.

Essential Functions:

The Coordinator of International Programs is responsible for managing Bat Conservation International’s international initiatives for achieving conservation of bats around the world.  S/he will work closely with the Chief Conservation Officer and the Senior Director of Conservation Science to strategically manage and implement conservation initiatives that effectively address global conservation priorities. S/he will be responsible for program management at multiple levels from strategic planning to program administration, including writing proposals, building collaborations with other conservation organizations and researchers, managing program budgets, traveling to conduct ‘on the ground’ conservation work with local partners, and tracking deliverables for achieving conservation outcomes. The International Programs Coordinator’s core responsibility will be to effectively implement BCI’s international conservation initiatives, ensuring they are in alignment with BCI’s Strategic Plan, and achieving effective conservation impact at scale. The Coordinator works with BCI senior leadership to set goals, monitor collaborative projects, and evaluate conservation impact to ensure departmental and organizational objectives are met and in line with BCI’s strategic priorities. Further, the Coordinator works with senior leadership to develop grant proposals to secure funding for programmatic activities, develop and manage program budgets, collaborate with biologists, scientists, natural resource specialists, and land managers from other organizations and agencies to develop and implement species conservation efforts. The Coordinator helps disseminate information to the scientific and conservation community as well as the general public through news releases, program presentations, professional presentations, workshops, and other public outreach and educational opportunities.

The International Programs Coordinator will report directly to the Chief Conservation Officer and will work closely with the Senior Director of Conservation Science and Senior Director of Networks and Partnership.


  • Manages collaborative bat conservation initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania
  • Represents BCI to international partners, bat conservation networks, and donors
  • Develop and maintain positive, collaborative partnerships with key agencies and organizations
  • Coordinates with international partners to achieve conservation goals
  • Develops and implements priority conservation projects, including management of external partners on collaborative initiatives
  • Supports partners in their own conservation or resource management missions, and assist partners with project planning and management and their on-the-ground work as needed
  • Administers all aspects of collaborative projects and grant management, including financial and narrative reporting
  • Works with Development to identify, develop, and submit grant proposals to fund priority initiatives
  • Assists in development of an annual budget for BCI’s international programs
  • Helps disseminate knowledge about global bat conservation
  • Plans and arranges logistics related to international programmatic work

Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree in relevant field such as biology, ecology, natural resources, or related field preferred  
  • Demonstrated experience in international collaborative work
  • Ability to develop and implement priority conservation projects, including management and coordination with external partners
  • Demonstrated ability and interest to identify, develop, and write proposals to support international conservation work
  • Ability to administer projects, including budget development, financial management, and reporting
  • Strong interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity, and approachability
  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated, and self-starter
  • Excellent organizational capabilities and time management skills
  • Proficiency in data management, including use of spreadsheets and databases
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to produce quality work on a deadline and creatively solve problems with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel to rugged and remote areas
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Familiarity with bat ecology and conservation, including awareness of challenges of bat conservation and international bat conservation issues
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of staff, government agencies, industry, and other partners
  • Fluency in at least one other language besides English is preferred, with special emphasis on the primary languages in BCI’s priority global regions (e.g. Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc.).
  • Field experience working with bats in international contexts preferred

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work could require moderate physical exertion and/or physical strain in a broad range of settings
  • Willingness to work long hours to meet deadlines when needed


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