Director of Global Outreach and Engagement-Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard Program
In recognition of the imperiled status of biodiversity, and given the many vital ecological, economic, and cultural values of biological diversity to human well-being, most countries of the world are signatories to one or more multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that aim to implement actions to halt biodiversity loss. Examples include the Convention on Migratory Species, the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands, and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The United Nation's recently-adopted Sustainable Development Goals include targets for maintaining the viability of terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity and the essential goods and services it provides to human societies. In addition to these international agreements, national, regional, and global assessments of the status and trends of biodiversity are underway, such as the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. All of these critical efforts involve commitments on the part of the world's governments to take effective and urgent action to stem the decline of biodiversity and the life-sustaining goods and services it provides.
These efforts share fundamental information needs. Targets set by MEAs require comprehensive and easily understood information on the status and trends of biodiversity at appropriate spatial scales, both to assess and communicate progress toward goals. There is high demand for biodiversity indicators to address these needs. Yet access to biodiversity indicators at the appropriate spatial scale that successfully convey technical information to diverse stakeholder audiences has been a long-standing challenge.
With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and in collaboration with a suite of leading organizations generating biodiversity indicators, NatureServe has created the Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard (dashboard.natureserve.org) to help meet this significant need. The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard ("Dashboard") is an interactive, user-friendly tool that provides analysis, visualization, and communication of data on biodiversity status and trends at multiple spatial scales. Indicators are organized following the CBD pressure-state-response-benefit framework. The Dashboard allows users to select among dozens of indicators to visualize at one of several spatial scales. In addition, national dashboards provide summary indicators for every country and territory. The current focus is on indicators that track progress toward Aichi targets of the CBD's 2020 Strategic Plan, and the tool is transitioning to support the visualization of indicators developed by members of the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP, www.bipindicators.net).
NatureServe seeks a Director of Global Outreach and Engagement for the Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard. Working closely with both NatureServe and the BIP, s/he will lead strategic outreach, communication, and fundraising efforts to:
- Expand the user base by educating relevant organizations and communities about the ability of the Dashboard to meet biodiversity information needs;
- Interact with the biodiversity indicator user and producer communities to ensure the Dashboard is serving the most comprehensive and relevant indicators that meet the needs of key MEA and biodiversity assessment communities;
- Develop relationships with targeted agencies and efforts where the Dashboard is poised to provide significant benefits, such as the CBD, where the Dashboard could aid in meeting reporting requirements by signatory countries that must produce National Reports and National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans, or the GEF, where the Dashboard could support assessment and communication of the effectiveness of conservation investments;
- Develop funding streams by cultivating adoption of the Dashboard as a biodiversity information service for targeted organizations;
- Strategically develop and pursue opportunities to build off the existing platform and its infrastructure to create customized Dashboards for organizations or large-scale projects with indicator visualization and communication needs, such as customized national or regional Dashboards co-developed with multilateral banks, foundations, or government agencies;
- Represent the Dashboard project and its potential for solving indicator communication and monitoring needs at international meetings and conferences attended by potential users; and
- Coordinate activities with the NatureServe and BIP marketing and communications team.
Required Experience and Qualifications
The successful candidate for this position will possess the following skills, expertise, and characteristics:
- An advanced degree or equivalent experience in biodiversity science or policy;
- A solid understanding of international biodiversity policy;
- An extensive network of contacts in both international biodiversity agencies (e.g., relevant secretariats such as the CBD; in international biodiversity conservation organizations such as IUCN, UNEP-WCMC, BirdLife International, or the BIP; in international development agencies such as USAID or the EU Commission for International Cooperation and Development; and in multilateral development banks such as the GEF, Asia Development Bank, or Inter-American Development Bank) and national government agencies responsible for biodiversity management;
- Outstanding oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including experience preparing and delivering presentations to large and small audiences;
- Proven track record of leading on and contributing to successful funding proposals;
- Understanding of the value of developing, applying, and communicating metrics for learning, evaluation, and adaptive management of conservation actions;
- Passionate commitment to biodiversity conservation and advocate for delivering the best available biodiversity science to inform and incentivize conservation actions;
- Entrepreneurial, motivated, ability to work productively and independently without frequent direct supervision;
- Ability to collaborate respectfully and effectively with team members and colleagues from other institutions from diverse backgrounds and possessing disparate skill sets;
- Flexibility to travel globally and for extended periods.
Preferred Experience and Qualifications
- Experience working with biodiversity data;
- Multilingual, with Spanish preferred;
- Experience using social media platforms to advance programs and connect with user groups.
Essential Physical Requirements
- Ability to travel independently worldwide to attend meetings and conferences with partners and others.
- Ability to converse verbally and in writing with others regarding organizational goals and needs.
- Ability to use organizational technology and multi-phone systems.
Review of applications will begin Friday, 29 September 2017. The application requires a CV and cover letter, which you will submit together with other information on the application site. We will only review applications submitted online.
Position Start Date
As soon as possible.
This is a full time, two-year position with potential for regular status contingent upon funding.
Ideally, the position will be located either embedded within the BIP secretariat at the offices of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK, or at NatureServe's home office in Arlington, Virginia, USA. Alternative locations will be considered if justified.
NatureServe, a nonprofit conservation science and technology organization, provides the scientific basis for effective conservation action. With nearly 70 staff and an international network of over 80 natural heritage programs across the United States, Canada, and Latin America, we are the leading source of information on terrestrial ecosystems and at-risk species. We provide information and tools to conservation groups, government agencies, corporations, academia, and the public to help them make informed decisions about managing our natural resources. NatureServe holds a unique niche, by providing scientifically sound guidance for major conservation investments across the hemisphere.
NatureServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.