Project Coordinator (Global Science)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Arlington, VA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.




The Global Science Team works to support the Shared Conservation Agenda through ensuring strong scientific foundations in strategies, outcomes and measurement and evaluation and connecting, elevating and amplifying the voices of scientists across the organization. The Project Coordinator, Global Science will work within the Global Science Business Unit coordinating resources across a range of projects and programs.  They will report to the Managing Director of Global Science and work closely with many members of the Global Science team, particularly the Chief Scientist, Director of Finance, and Director of Strategic Initiatives




The Project Coordinator enhances the work and communication of the team, including, but not limited to, developing documentation, providing recommendations and targeted training related to the functional area of the team, and/or enhancing the systems and tools used by the team. They will also disseminate important Human Resources related information to the team in a timely manner, in close partnership with the Managing Director. They may coordinate logistics for organization wide meetings and/or special events. They will create program materials and perform analysis and research related to program activities. They will keep up to date on market trends and best practices in order to improve services.

The team will rely on the Project Coordinator for the following activities:

  • Managing knowledge sharing and team communications.
  • Coordinate the contracting process for universities, grantees and vendors with input from program and project managers.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders for program success and they may serve as the lead liaison with partners and vendors.
  • Communicate with staff in various programs across the Conservancy, as well as with donors, volunteers, vendors and business relations.
  • Work closely with the Director of Strategic Initiatives to organize and support Diversity in Science Pathway programs such as the NatureNet Science Fellows program.  They will manage program documentation, organize and support events, and draft grant agreements.
  • Communicate with staff across the Conservancy programs, respond to Global Science relevant university partnership communications, conduct organization-wide surveys, and maintain a database of university partnerships and needs across the organization.





  • Act independently within broad program goals to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information;
  • May be responsible for the work of peers on departmental project teams;
  • Ensure compliance with Conservancy policies and procedures, and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements; Decisions may bind the organization financially or legally;
  • Financial responsibility includes purchasing, processing invoices and transfers, and negotiating and contracting with vendors, and participating in budget preparation;
  • Liaise with World Office Human Resources Global Benefits team as necessary on locally provided employee benefits, liaise with World Office Human Resource Business Partners on hiring, onboarding and other HR transactions as needed.
  • Manage projects with several variables - set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, and ensure accountability;
  • May participate in complex negotiations;
  • Provide input through project teams for the development and implementation of new initiatives or the improvement of existing programs;
  • Travel and work flexible hours, as needed;
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain;
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines; and
  • Work within scope of program’s strategic goals.




  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience or equivalent combination;
  • Experience generating reports and analyzing and interpreting the data;
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple projects;
  • Experience with business process analysis and/or improvement;
  • Experience with current technology in relevant field; and
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.


  •     Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  •     Ability to implement complex processes;
  •     Ability to collaborate effectively with stakeholders;
  •     Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results;
  •     Demonstrated experience using diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships and motivate staff;
  •     Experience coordinating projects;
  •     Experience interpreting guidelines to achieve desired results;
  •     Knowledge of current trends in the specific field;
  •     Strong organization skills, accuracy, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks; and/or
  •     Successful experience implementing strategic program goals.




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