Forests and Climate Coordinator – The Nature Conservancy


The Program Coordinator supports the Nature Conservancy Forests and Climate team through management of large funding grants, execution of the team’s knowledge management initiative including research and synthesis of reports, planning and coordination of public events, and general administrative duties. The Forests and Climate Strategy, one of the Conservancy’s top global priorities, is working to reduce global deforestation and degradation with a goal to reduce carbon emissions, improve the livelihoods of communities who live in and around forests, protect critical watersheds, and conserve biodiversity.  The Forests and Climate Team focuses on demonstrating successful models of low-carbon development in the Brazilian Amazon, Indonesia and Mexico; draws from these demonstration efforts to inform a broader group of countries building national programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+); and works to expand the political commitment and funding for forest protection globally. The Forests and Climate program is an eight-person team based in the Conservancy’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and works closely with over one hundred field and policy staff involved in this strategy around the world.  The Program Coordinator supports the eight-person, Arlington-based Forests and Climate team through the following key functions:

  • Grants management (~20%), including coordination and preparation of large grant proposals, coordination and production of grant reports, and tracking the financial and technical progress of grants.  The program coordinator will need to work collaboratively and develop effective relationships with Conservancy staff in different countries.
  • Knowledge management and communications (~40%), including synthesizing and adapting existing materials for diverse audiences, conducting high-quality research, analysis and production of new knowledge products such as case studies, Web articles and reports, managing the program’s internal and external web presence, and executing other elements of the program’s emerging knowledge management and communications strategy.
  • Events planning and coordination  (~20%) in support of the knowledge management strategy including developing agendas and content, managing invitations and attendance, and coordinating logistics for the program’s annual learning exchange, quarterly speaker events, team retreats, and other events.
  • Administrative support (~20%), including scheduling meetings, processing expense receipts, and other miscellaneous administrative tasks to support the team.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related experience. 
  • Experience conducting research and producing professional outputs such as case studies, memos, and reports
  • Experience supporting and coordinating teams
  • Experience in written/verbal communication with a wide range of people including employees, the public, vendors, or others.
  • Experience using MS office, Word, Excel and Power Point, including database management skills.
  • Experience using advanced computer functions including navigating the Internet.  Experience manipulating, analyzing and/or interpreting data.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience managing budgets and grants
  • Experience designing and managing information resources
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English. 
  • Ability to set objectives and manage performance.
  • Service oriented.  Courteous, personable, tactful and able to deal effectively and sensitively with all levels of staff and public.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to organize time and manage diverse activities.  Meets deadlines.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to changing situations and priorities.

To apply, submit a writing sample along with your resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 10, 2013.

Read more about the position here.