[Coral-List] Meso-American Reef Project Director
Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov
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From: Carol Hodge <chodge at tnc.org>
Subject: Meso-American Reef Project Director
The Nature Conservancy
Saving the Last Great Places on Earth
POSITION TITLE: Meso-American Reef Project Director
SUPERVISOR: TBD: Belize Program Director or Central America Division
JOB NUMBER: 3037
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
DATE: November 2003
Through a combination of targeted scientific research and deep community
involvement, the Nature Conservancy’s Meso-American Reef (MAR) Program
has helped to achieve globally significant conservation results,
including the recent declaration of 11 new Marine Protected Areas in
Belize. This priority conservation program is currently in a mode of
expansion, as we move to coordinate and instigate conservation action in
all four countries (Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras) of the MAR,
while also expanding the range of conservation strategies to reflect the
full complexity of marine ecosystems and the threats they face.
Concomitant with this growth in the program is a corresponding need for
increased fundraising, coordination and management capacity. Therefore
the Conservancy is looking to hire an accomplished Project Director to
lead this program – someone who is capable of guiding its strategic
direction, while also developing key stakeholder relationships and
actively managing the program’s activities.
Responsibilities associated with expansion of the MAR Program:
· Guide a process to complete a “conservation blueprint” and to refine
the overall vision, goals, conceptual structure and strategies of the
Conservancy’s Meso-American Reef Program
· Install enhanced project management, measures and coordination systems
· Develop the size and capacity of the core and extended MAR Program team
· Further develop relationships, and shared conservation vision, among a
wide array of partners across all 4 countries of the Meso-American Reef
· Enhance the fundraising and communications plan and capacity of the
Responsibilities associated with ongoing management of the MAR Program:
· Coordinate, maintain support, and integrate the activities of a
variety of internal and external stakeholders in the program’s success.
(Key stakeholders include a variety of local partners, together with
WWF, WCS, CI, MBRS, ICRAN; as well as TNC Country Program
Directors/staff in Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Proarca,
together with Central America Divisional, South Central and Mexico, and
Atlantic Regional technical staff, Marine Initiative and Greater
Caribbean Ecoregional Assessment)
· Supervise and motivate the MAR Program “core team” composed of a
Senior Marine Scientist and several Conservation Specialists, and build
capacity as appropriate to deliver on the program’s conservation objectives
· Oversee annual implementation planning, budgeting, reporting and
· Meet fundraising goals, including cultivation and direct solicitation
· Directly lead policy-related conservation efforts
· Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple
projects, developing and implementing strategic program goals and
· Supervisory experience including ability to motivate, lead, set
objectives and manage performance, including conflict resolution and the
ability to build a cohesive collaboration among a diverse array of
· Excellent communications in English and Spanish.
· Graduate degree in natural resources (marine focus preferred),
organizational management or related field and 5+ years' experience in
conservation project management, or equivalent combination.
· Negotiates complex high profile or sensitive agreements.
· Diagnoses complex problems and identifies creative solutions - thinks
out of the box.
· Designs, implements and directs multiple complex projects, setting and
meeting deadlines, ensures program accountability and fiscal management.
· Coordinates the work of other professionals inside and outside the
DISCRETION/ LATITUDE/ DECISION-MAKING:
· Significant opportunity to act independently within broad program goals.
· Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
· Decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
· Errors in judgement could have wide scope and lasting effect.
RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT - FINANCIAL & SUPERVISORY:
· Manages multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff,
responsible for performance management, training and career development.
Establishes clear directions and sets stretch objectives.
· Ensures regional program meets country-specific legal requirements.
· Responsibility and accountability for meeting program strategic goals
· Financial responsibility includes setting and meeting fundraising
objectives, developing and operating within budget and developing
corrective strategies as needed.
· Responsible for ensuring that MAR Project complies with TNC policies
and external (donor, USG grant) requirements.
· Communicates professionally with a wide variety of people of diverse
cultural professional and economic backgrounds for the purpose of
developing, negotiating and/or implementing programs and projects.
· Prepares, presents and negotiates project proposals with bilateral
and/or multilateral agencies.
· Identifies, cultivates and solicits major donors in support of country
· Strong communications and presentation skills, ability to persuasively
convey Project priorities to diverse groups, including donors, partners,
media and TNC domestic audiences.
· Sensitivity to working in an advisory role with partner organizations
and TNC country programs.
· Effectively directs/participates in complex negotiations. Ability to
work well under pressure.
· Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate
and lead the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet
in-country and regional program needs.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
· Willing to travel 25 - 40% of time, as needed.
· Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain.
Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
Send cover letter and resume by January 12, 2004 to Jobs at tnc.org (please
indicate job title in subject line)
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