[Coral-List] Vacancy: WCS Marine Program Manager
llauck at wcs.org
Thu Jun 21 09:47:31 EDT 2007
Position: Program Manager, Global Marine
Division: Global Conservation Program
Reports to: Director, Marine Program
Location: New York City, New York
Starting date: As soon as possible
Benefits: WCS standard package including
retirement packages, health insurance, etc.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been dedicated to conserving the
earth's biodiversity since its establishment in 1898 as the New York
Zoological Society (NYZS). Our efforts are concentrated in many of the
world's developing countries, where biological diversity is greatest and
pressure on nature is most intense. The WCS Global Marine Program focuses on
conserving outstanding seascapes - large marine and coastal areas of
outstanding significance and conservation potential, principally in coral
reef ecosystems - and wildlife species iconic of wildness in the seas and
essential for healthy, resilient ocean ecosystems. Headquartered in the
Bronx Zoo, the Program employs approximately 100 people and has an annual
operating budget of about $5.5M. Current major projects include seascape
conservation in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Fiji, Belize, Kenya, and
Madagascar, and species conservation focused on sea turtles (Nicaragua,
Panama, western Africa), marine mammals (Africa and Southeast Asia), and
sharks (Belize, Madagascar).
The Program Manager plays a vital role within the four-person management
team for the Global Marine Program, which both supports and guides the
individual Program projects. The primary function of the Program Manager is
to coordinate and oversee the administration and financial management of the
Program and its component projects, working closely with field staff located
around the world. The Program Manager assists with the development of
annual project budgets and the preparation of funding proposals, coordinates
grant and other reporting, and manages the Program's annual budget of
approximately $5.5 million. The Program Manager also serves as a linchpin
linking the Marine Program field staff with those in other WCS departments
as needed to ensure smooth and coordinated operations, and liaises with
external funders and other partners. This position also is responsible for
day-to-day management of the Program Assistant.
* Coordinate and oversee financial management of the field and New
York operations of the Marine Program. Work closely with field-based
Program Managers and ensure that field offices are aware of financial
policies and procedures, and liaise with other WCS departments and external
parties as needed to ensure smooth financial operations.
* Lead annual development of Marine Program budget.
* Track budgets and funding, and reconcile finances on a monthly
basis. Investigate and resolve discrepancies.
* Working with closely with field staff and various WCS departments,
serve as grants manager for the Marine Program. Assist in the preparation
of proposals; coordinate grant reporting (narrative and financial) and
ensure compliance with grant guidelines and requirements.
* Maintain and cultivate good working relationships with funders.
* Help identify and cultivate new funding opportunities.
Administration and Program Management
* Serve as first point of contact between field staff and other WCS
staff as needed to ensure Marine Program and broader organizational goals
and needs are met, including working with Human Resources, Office of General
Counsel, Development, Public Affairs, and other departments, such as
financial and budgeting offices.
* Provide day-to-day supervision of Program Assistant
* Ensure efficient and reliable daily operations of NY office.
* Provide a point-of-contact for WCS staff while the Director and
Assistant Director are traveling.
* Plan and organize conferences, seminars and meetings in NY and the
region, including bi-annual Marine Program Meeting.
* Participate in strategic planning and program development.
* Contribute to, enlarge, and uphold the Society's policies toward
Equal Employment Opportunities for women, veterans, the handicapped and
other protected groups.
* On occasion, represent the Marine Program internally and
* As time permits, play a central role in improving strategies,
mechanisms and materials for internal and external communications, including
improvement and updating of fact sheets, website materials, presentations,
Dynamic, energetic individual with a passion for and commitment to marine
conservation. MA/MS degree or BA/BS degree with minimum 3-5 years of project
administration experience. Demonstrated experience in financial management,
including budget development, tracking, and reporting. Excellent
organizational skills, including ability to set and follow priorities, work
on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines. Excellent
interpersonal and communications skills, including writing and editing.
Meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality. Computer literacy
in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software. Effective at
both collaborative and independent work, able to take direction but work
with modest level of supervision. Comfortable operating in a dynamic
environment and responding quickly to sudden needs and opportunities.
Willingness to travel occasionally. Knowledge and understanding of
international marine conservation issues preferred. Experience working or
traveling in developing countries a plus. Fluency in written and spoken
Spanish or French helpful but not required.
To apply, please email a letter describing your interest in the position,
fit with the position qualifications, availability, and salary expectations,
and current curriculum vitae to: hr at wcs.org & llauck at wcs.org. Please type
PWPM in the subject line.
Assistant Director, Marine Program
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460 USA
t: +1 718 220 2151
f: +1 718 364 4275
e: llauck at wcs.org
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