Manager (Chesapeake Program)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Washington, DC, US

Working out of Washington, D.C., the Program Manager will manage strategic development and implementation of the Foundation’s grantmaking programs focused on protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and its supporting contracts related to program communications, technical assistance, and environmental monitoring and assessment, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay programs. This work will be multi-disciplinary and involve significant internal and external coordination to evaluate and adapt program-level investment strategies, continually assess the technical and programmatic merits of potential investments, and oversee effective program implementation through the cumulative efforts of grantees and contractors. 

Assist and advise the Director in developing strategies and programs to achieve the Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Business Plan outcomes;
Serve as a key Foundation liaison with partners from the Chesapeake Bay Program and other regional watershed restoration partnerships in communicating program activities and outcomes, soliciting insight on program improvements, and coordinating with partner implementation and investment efforts;
Assist the Director in securing and managing public and private funding sources contributing to the Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay-related programs, including production of associated descriptive and evaluative financial and programmatic reports;
Manage grant and contract solicitation, review, and selection processes, including development of grant and contract solicitation materials, administration of fair and open competitions consistent with the Foundation’s procurement policies and relevant agency guidelines, interaction with existing and potential grant/contract recipients, and coordination of external review processes;  
Manage the Foundation’s grant and contract oversight and risk-based monitoring processes, including coordination of field visits and standardized data collection efforts, troubleshooting of grant administration and reporting issues, and identification of exogenous factors impacting project performance;
Coordinate with the Foundation’s Compliance and Grants Administration teams to assure the effective implementation of the Foundation’s grant administration policies and consistency with requirements for contributing funding sources; and
Lead in planning and coordinating information sharing events (e.g., workshops, roundtables, conference calls) for grantees and program partners. 

Assist the Director in developing and maintaining relationships with corporate partners, working closely with NFWF’s development staff; and,
Monitor partnership activities, scientific literature, and federal, state, and local policy activities for new developments in watershed management that could impact the Foundation’s strategies for the Chesapeake Bay.
Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes, including development of new processes.

Minimum bachelor’s degree, master’s or equivalent experience preferred in biology, ecology, environmental science, public policy or related field.
Minimum three years experience working with government agencies and/or nongovernmental organizations on issues related to conservation and natural resource management. Candidates with specific experience working with or on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership and member agencies and organizations are strongly preferred.
Demonstrated skills in the areas of project management, program management, project budgeting, collaboration with scientists and other technical experts, and development of decision support processes preferred.
Experience working with federal resource agencies, with experience managing cooperative agreements preferred.
Grants management and administration experience preferred.
Experience building consensus and managing conflict among diverse partners.
Knowledge of watershed and estuarine management issues.
Knowledge of environmental and policy challenges facing the Chesapeake Bay.
Experience working with environmental indicators and performance metrics.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. 
Experience building consensus and managing conflict among diverse partners.
Ability to work independently in a rapidly changing environment.
Ability to work successfully in a team environment.
Computer proficiency, including databases, spreadsheets, word processing, and graphics. Experience with web content management and Geographic Information Systems is preferred.