The Program Manager directs and manages all aspects of key science-based programs that are essential to developing thought leadership in select TNC science staff, to building community between staff scientists and the broader science community, and to support scientific development and leadership within The Nature Conservancy on key conservation and conservation science issues. S/he serves as principal contact for these key programs and, through her/his program leadership, helps establish the Conservancy as a major scientific thought leadership organization.
The Program Manager defines priorities and long-term strategies for TNC’s science thought-leadership training and post-doctoral programs, with an eye to increasing the diversity of scientists in thought leadership positions. S/he creates a culture of innovation, adaptive learning, risk-taking and cohort supportiveness within these programs. S/he initiates and develops key partnerships with mentors and public and private organizations that spur participants within these programs and across the programs as a whole to maximum impact. S/he directs and manages the programs’ ongoing activities, specifically:
  • Developing curricula for early- and mid-career science staff that increases the rigor, impact and effectiveness of their scientific research, improves their communication skills, promotes their ability to lead conservation through new ideas to better practices and more effective partnerships, and raises their profile in the external science community.
  • Developing curricula for post-doctoral scholars that improves ability to conduct cutting-edge science that is useful for conservation, increases understanding of academic and NGO cultures, improves communication effectiveness in multiple media forms, and builds community among young conservation scientists and the broader conservation science and practice communities.
  • Coordinates communications trainings and curricula with The Conservancy’s Science Communications Department
  • Growing a network of university partners that establishes The Conservancy’s science staff and post-doctoral fellows as top notch colleagues, and improves opportunity creation for university partners to inform Conservancy practice on the ground
  • Organizing and running workshops and conferences for the key programs that provide opportunities for participants to build community with each other and to benefit from interactions with program mentors.
  • Bringing a fresh lens and inspiring creativity to all activities.
  • Creating and identifying opportunities to use the programs to create a more inclusive and diverse conservation community.
  • Programmatic scope requires working with scientists from across many country programs and global strategy teams.
  • Responsible for leading two key, innovative thought leadership programs for internal scientists and for post-doctoral fellows, and providing support for an inclusive conservation online community.
  • Leads and manages groups to support and improve conservation efforts.
  • Establish and maintain optimal standards of performance for the program while controlling costs and administering budgets.
  • Contributes to fundraising to meet program needs.
  • Builds cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Frequently makes independent decision based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).
  • Negotiation experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. and at least 1 year experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Passion for use-based science, and connecting science to policy and practice.
  • Demonstrated experience with both academic and conservation cultures, with clear understanding of necessary requirements for success in both realms.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant conservation science – related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated creativity in bringing communities together, building relationships, and using all forms of media to improve connections and information flow between disparate groups of people.
  • Knowledge of levels of rigor, common methods and communication modes expected in academic and conservation practice settings.
  • Communicates clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (especially university and NGO partners).
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