Manager, Marine Conservation

Washington D.C.
Oct 05, 2018
Dec 04, 2018
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type


Working out of Washington, D.C., the Manager - Marine Conservation will be a member of the Marine and Coastal Conservation team will have programmatic, communications, and administrative responsibilities for grantmaking programs for marine conservation, with focus on coastal and ocean ecosystems. This includes, but is not limited to initiatives to address coastal resilience, coral reefs, and marine debris.   S/he is responsible for assisting in the development of funding opportunities, managing 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 grantee or contractor reports, 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) and the Program Director, Marine Conservation, with the Science and Evaluation team, and other Foundation staff.  S/he is also responsible for other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Manage and assist in the management of implementation of coastal resilience and other coastal and ocean ecosystem conservation programs in coordination with the Director and other marine and coastal conservation team members, advisory committees, Foundation program staff including Science and Evaluation team, Government Relations, contractors, agency liaisons, and the Board.
  • Undertake issue research, strategic planning and evaluation, development of grant application materials, oversee individual project administration and project identification and development;
  • Assist in soliciting, reviewing, and developing 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 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 coastal and marine conservation programs (including subgrants) and Foundation operations;
  • Establish and maintain networks with individuals and organizations engaged in work related to the marine portfolio and keep abreast of relevant scientific and policy developments;
  • Seek opportunities for information sharing among grantees and other interested parties about lessons-learned and accomplishments of NFWF-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;
  • Work with the Science and Evaluation team to compile project metrics from grants to help develop scorecards and assess the impact of initiatives;
  • Manage 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 the Board;
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of various descriptive and evaluative reports as directed to a variety of audiences;
  • Subject to programmatic objectives and budgetary considerations, propose and conduct site visits in accordance with Foundation policy; and,
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.





  • Recommend new processes where needed to improve existing processes.
  • Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes.





  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience with a concentration in marine or environmental science, economics, or policy.
  • Minimum three years relevant experience in project administration, grant administration, and/or program management related to natural resources conservation.
  • Experience working with federal resource agencies, with experience managing cooperative agreements preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work quickly and accurately in a complex and dynamic work environment; demonstrated excellence in professionalism and teamwork.
  • Demonstrated ability to think proactively and independently, including ability to independently assess information and clearly express results of assessment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising or program development.
  • Grants management and administration experience preferred.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational, and follow-through skills.
  • Knowledge of marine and coastal ecosystem conservation issues.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, etc.), and ability to quickly learn other programs used at NFWF.

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