Manager, Fisheries Conservation
Working out of the Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office, the Manager – Fisheries Conservation will be a key member of the Marine and Coastal Conservation team and will manage the implementation of the Foundation’s sustainable fisheries programs including, but not limited to the Fisheries Innovation Fund, Electronic Monitoring and Reporting grant program, and the Oceanic Fish Restoration Project. S/he is responsible for assisting in securing funding opportunities, managing applicable funding sources, management of advisory committees, interacting with existing and potential grant/contract recipients, coordinating proposal review, managing contractors, providing technical assistance to grantees, reviewing/approving reports from grantees, coordinating with the project administration team to assure the effective implementation of the Foundation’s grant administration policies, drafting recommendations for staff and Board action, and closely coordinating program efforts with the Director, Marine and Coastal Conservation (Director), with the Science and Evaluation team, and other Foundation staff. S/he is also responsible for other duties as assigned by the Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Manage the design and implementation of fisheries conservation programs in coordination with the Director and other marine team members, various advisory committees, Foundation program staff including Science and Evaluation team, Government Relations, contractors, agency liaisons and the Board.
- Establish fisheries program priorities, including measurable goals, strategies, and objectives in coordination with the Science and Evaluation team;
- Work with the program advisory committee to solicit, review and develop funding recommendations; work through established NFWF processes to finalize grant award decisions; develop, coordinate and implement site-specific technical assistance plans/strategies with grantees; negotiate milestones with grantees; and monitor progress of each grantee (using Foundation technical and financial tracking databases).
- Manage project contractors to meet deadlines and accomplish objectives associated with a multi-year federal partnership.
- Manage applicable funding source(s) as appropriate, including preparation of grant applications and amendments, preparation and submission of financial and programmatic reports and coordination with agency project officers.
- Assist in securing additional funding for fisheries programs (including subgrants) and the operations of the Foundation.
- Serve as spokesperson for the Foundation with regard to the programs, the conservation objectives and accomplishments. Coordinate the fisheries program activities with others involved or affected by project decisions.
- Establish and maintain networks with the myriad organizations and interests engaged in fisheries work.
- Keep abreast of scientific and policy developments that may impact efforts to promote sustainable fisheries.
- Seek opportunities for information sharing among grantees and with policy makers about lessons learned and accomplishments of grant-funded projects.
- Assure compliance with all requirements of cooperative agreements, including quality assurance for data and the environmental results policy, and assure that all activities are communicated and coordinated with the Director, other Foundation staff as appropriate and Foundation agency liaisons.
- Review and evaluate submissions by grant/contract recipients and applicants assuring that results are in full compliance with Foundation and funding source requirements.
- Track and monitor proposals and active grants/contracts in coordination with the project administration team.
- Work with the Science and Evaluation team to compile project metrics from grants to help populate scorecards and assess impact of initiatives.
- Manage the program’s external technical review of proposals in accordance with Foundation policy.
- Prepare briefing materials and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation’s staff and Board.
- Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of various descriptive and evaluative reports as directed.
- Subject to programmatic objectives and budgetary considerations, propose and conduct site visits in accordance with Foundation policy.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.
SECONDARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Recommend new processes where needed to improve existing processes.
- Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS)
- Advanced degree or equivalent experience with concentration in fisheries biology, fisheries economics, oceanography or marine biology preferred.
- Experience working in fisheries management and liaising with the fishing Industry preferred.
- Experience in building coalitions.
- Three years experience in program management.
- Demonstrated success in fundraising or program development.
- Experience working with federal resource agencies, with experience managing cooperative agreements preferred.
- Grants management and administration experience preferred.
- Professionalism and leadership qualities.
- Driven by a desire to meet and exceed goals.
- Thrives in a rapidly changing environment.
- Strong listening and communication skills.
- Strong analytical and reasoning skills.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
- Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
- Computer proficiency. Experience using GIS and database software desirable.