Summary:  Working out of the Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office, the Program Manager – Seabird Conservation will be a key member of both the Bird Conservation and the Marine and Coastal Conservation teams and will manage strategic development and implementation of the Foundation’s seabird program. S/he is responsible for developing strategies and programs, assisting in securing funding opportunities, managing applicable funding sources, managing advisory committees, interacting with grant recipients and applicants, coordinating proposal review, providing technical assistance to grantees, reviewing and 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, Bird Conservation (Director) and other Foundation staff.  S/he is also responsible for other duties as assigned by the Director.


*       Design and implement conservation strategies for seabird and
other related conservation initiatives in coordination with the Director and other Foundation staff members, government and nongovernment partner organizations, and the Foundation Board of Directors.
*       Establish program priorities, including measurable goals and
objectives; work with Foundation staff and government and nongovernment partners to solicit and review grant applications; make recommendations for project funding; assist grantees in developing and implementing projects that are aligned with program goals and objectives; work with grantees to identify rigorous project milestones, outputs, and outcomes; and establish systems to monitor progress of each grantee (using Foundation technical and financial tracking databases).
*       Manage applicable funding source(s) to ensure appropriate
programmatic and temporal use of those funds; review and approve as appropriate requests for grant amendments; prepare and submit internal and external financial and programmatic reports on a timely basis.
*       Develop regular reports and presentations that detail and
rigorously analyze and summarize programmatic activities, challenges and accomplishments relative to overall goals and objectives of the seabird conservation program.
*       Regularly analyze existing procedures, processes, and
activities of seabird conservation program and recommend new approaches for those when shortcomings are identified.
*       Assist in securing additional funding for seabird conservation
program and the operations of the Foundation.
*       Serve as spokesperson for the Foundation with regard to this
program, its conservation objectives and accomplishments. Coordinate the seabird conservation program activities with others involved or affected by project decisions.
*       Establish and maintain networks with the other organizations
and individuals interested in and engaged in seabird conservation.
*       Keep abreast of scientific and policy developments that may
impact efforts to promote seabird conservation, and bird conservation in general.
*       Seek opportunities for information sharing among grantees,
policy makers, and other partners about accomplishments and challenges of grant-funded projects, and adaptive modification of techniques and approaches implemented through those grants.
*       Assure compliance with all requirements of agreements with
funding and other partners, including quality assurance for data and the environmental results policy, and assure that all activities are communicated and coordinated with the Director and other Foundation staff.
*       Review and evaluate submissions by grant applicants and
recipients assuring that activities are in full compliance with Foundation and funding source requirements.
*       Track and monitor proposals and active grants in coordination
with the project administration team.
*       Coordinate the program’s external technical review of proposals.
*       Prepare briefing materials and recommendations to support
decision making by the Foundation’s staff and Board.
*       Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.


*       Master’s degree or equivalent experience with concentration in
environmental biology, wildlife management, ornithology, or marine biology preferred.
*       Strong analytical skills.
*       Five years relevant experience in seabird conservation or
research; or strong background in practical application of bird population biology.
*       Strong communication skills and demonstrated experience in
organizing and leading goal-oriented work teams.
*       Ability to analyze details of complex, large-scale programs
and identify means of improving performance of those programs.
*       Experience in program management, including financial,
reports, and work group management.
*       Experience working with federal and state resource agencies,
nongovernmental organizations, and industry.
*       Ability to lead adaptive changes in complex programs.
*       Strong organizational skills.
*       Strong and personable public speaking proficiency.
*       Ability to effectively communicate in writing to both
technical and popular audiences.

Compensation:  Commensurate with experience.

Location:  Washington, DC

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about this position, contact Dan Petit at