Manager – Pollinator Programs
This position will manage strategic development and implementation of programs, with an emphasis on pollinator conservation, in the Foundation’s Central Region and other areas as appropriate. This position will be responsible for leading existing Central Region programs including, but not limited to, Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund, Monarch Butterfly Regional Conservation Partners Program, and Pulling Together Initiative. In addition, this position will work with the Central Regional Office Director (Director) to develop and lead other prospective pollinator programs that align with Foundation priorities and opportunities. S/he is responsible for developing strategies and programs, participating in securing funding opportunities, managing applicable funding sources, management of advisory committees, interacting with existing and potential grant/contract recipients, overseeing proposal review, providing technical assistance to grantees, reviewing/approving reports from grantees, managing the project administration team to assure the effective implementation of the Foundation’s grant administration policies, drafting recommendations for staff and Board action, and working closely with the Director and other Foundation staff. S/he is also responsible for other duties as assigned by the Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Expand and strengthen the NFWF presence/reputation as an essential leader in pollinator conservation in the Central Region and other areas as appropriate.
- Design and implement conservation strategies for NFWF, with emphasis on pollinators, in coordination with the Director, various advisory committees, Foundation program staff including Science and Evaluation, Government Relations, contractors, agency liaisons and the Board.
- Establish program priorities, including measurable goals and objectives; work with the program advisory committee to solicit, review and approve grant awards; develop, coordinate and implement site-specific technical assistance plans/strategies with grantees; negotiate milestones with grantees; and establish systems to monitor progress of each grantee (using Foundation technical and financial tracking databases).
- 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 Central Regional Office programs (including subgrants) and the operations of the Foundation.
- Serve as spokesperson for the Foundation with regard to Central Regional Office programs, its conservation objectives and accomplishments.
- Establish and maintain networks with the myriad organizations and interests engaged in agricultural work.
- Keep abreast of scientific and policy developments that may impact efforts to promote Central Regional Office programs.
- 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.
- Review and evaluate submissions by grant/contract recipients and applicants to ensure 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.
- Compile project metrics from grants to help populate scorecards and assess impact of initiatives.
- Oversee 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 and lead efforts to improve existing processes.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS)
- Advanced degree or equivalent experience with concentration in natural resources management
- Experience working on pollinator and plant issues preferred.
- 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.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Computer proficiency. Experience using database software desirable.