[Coral-List] Employment: Conservation Programs Manager II, Coral Reef Alliance

Rick MacPherson rmacpherson at coral.org
Fri Apr 5 18:06:09 EDT 2013

 The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) (www.coral.org) is an international,
donor-supported, non-profit organization, dedicated to protecting the
health of coral reefs by integrating ecosystem management, sustainable
business practices, and community partnerships.  CORAL is based in San
Francisco and employs field staff in coral reef destinations globally. Our
theory of change involves building reef resilience by working with
communities to identify and solve local conservation challenges that
undermine reef health. CORAL has set an aggressive vision for growth and
increased conservation action throughout this decade to meet the serious
threats affecting coral reef ecosystems and the human communities they

*Position Description: *The Conservation Programs Manager II is part of the
Conservation Programs Department, providing strategic, administrative, and
operational support to the global Field Manager teams as well as specific
support to the Director and Assistant Director of Conservation Programs, to
ensure the utmost organization and efficiency in operational
processes. The Conservation
Programs Manager II is responsible for supporting the operations of *up to
two Field Programs* (specific portfolio to be based on skills and
experience), representing the Conservation Programs team in cross
departmental networks and meetings, developing work plans and country
specific strategic plans within their portfolio, compiling and synthesizing
reports from the field, compiling and synthesizing targeted research and
making recommendations on potential interventions, and supporting the
implementation of their Conservation Programs portfolio overall.

This position requires initiative, a high degree of accuracy, the ability
to work in a fast-paced environment, to prioritize and accomplish
simultaneous tasks, the ability to synthesize and communicate information
(scientific, social, economic, policy) in a conservation framework,
sensitivity and acumen for community-based conservation in developing
countries, and the ability to critique and effectively communicate
information about program progress and effectiveness.

The Conservation Programs Manager II must have the ability to make
independent judgments related to project and administrative matters and
communicate effectively with all levels of management inside CORAL, good
relationship-building skills, and an ability to handle confidential and
sensitive information with the highest degree of professionalism. This
position will require a broad and comprehensive knowledge of CORAL’s
policies, standard operating procedures, and values.

*Reports Directly To:* Assistant Director of Conservation Programs

*Location:* San Francisco, CA; will require some domestic/international

*Terms and Compensation:* Full-time, six-month contract (non-benefitted)
position; Conversion to salaried/benefitted status contingent on
performance and funding; Salary commensurate with experience and in-keeping
with non-profit organization
* *

*Primary Duties:
**Project Management (50%)***

·       Assist in the development of program specific (project site)
strategic plans and funding proposals, write reports, project documents,
and other material

·       Ensure that conservation activities are carried out within the
scope, timeframe, and budgets of CORAL’s site-specific five-year strategic
plans; work with Field Managers to develop work plans and track project
budgets; monitor project progress; and assess project effectiveness;

·       Assist Conservation Programs and CORAL Field Teams in planning,
coordinating, implementing, and tracking project activities

·       Provide critical knowledge to Field Staff and enable them to fully
and autonomously utilize CORAL’s tools and services in achieving
conservation outcomes

·       Cultivate strategic alliances with community groups, government
agencies, and other partners

·       Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies
among program areas

·       Interact respectfully and thoughtfully with community partners

·      Respect community dynamics in a thoughtful, tactful, and diplomatic
manner when communicating with community groups and individuals

* *

*Directorial Assistance (15%)*

·       Support the Director and Assistant Director of Conservation
Programs in program oversight

·       Liaise with other CORAL divisions and division leadership to
coordinate and commutate all functions smoothly. This includes:
administrative tasks, scheduling, logistics, travel arrangements, and some
clerical finance tasks

·       Interact with CORAL guests, board, and donors, and convey marine
conservation information

*Communications (10%)*

·       Provide support to the Field Programs Management team by updating
the CORAL intranet, producing communications products, maintaining the
Field Programs calendar, coordinating synergies between divisions, filing
paper and electronic documents, and participating in field-related and
cross-divisional networks

·       Assist in or steer development of communications products/reports
for Conservation Programs and the field programs

*Reporting (15%)*

·       Request, coordinate, and synthesize information from the field
programs to assist in completion of foundation proposals/reports/
organizational communications, and internal programmatic updates. Develop
monthly reports for the Director and Assistant Director of Conservation

*Administrative (10%)*

·       Fulfill all administrative and operational functions of
Conservation Programs. Provide special project support, file and record
maintenance, enhancement and implementation of departmental policies and
procedures, handling confidential information

·       Assist in the training, orientation, and management of

·       Provide guidance and logistical support for various programmatic
activities including those requiring diving, volunteer divers, or
underwater and in-water work

*Working conditions:*

·       The position is located in CORAL headquarters in San Francisco, CA,
primary duties involve long hours at a desk operating a computer

·       Flexibility to accommodate off hour meetings or schedules as
neededto hold international
web-based or teleconference meetings is required

·       Work conditions may require international and domestic travel
including to remote island areas

·       Field work conditions may require considerable physical exertion
and/or muscular strain

·       Work may be performed independently, requiring a self-motivated
individual, without day-to-day supervision

·       Work may require SCUBA certification (training provided if not

* *

*Required Qualifications:*

·       Post-graduate degree (MS, PhD) in conservation biology, natural
resource management, social sciences or related field, or BA/BS degree in
natural sciences, resource management, or social science-related field and
significant field experience in project management

·       *Particular interest in candidates with demonstrated experience in:
reef microbiology/water quality expertise; marine protected area
science/spatial planning; tropical coastal fisheries management*

·       *At least 3 years of field conservation implementation experience*

·       Excellent organizational and prioritization skills

·       Resourcefulness and ability to work proactively; ability to
complete tasks independently, efficiently, and in a timely manner

·       Force of presence: ability to accomplish complex assignments
requiring cross-organizational cooperation

·       Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to
effectively communicate with individuals from a variety of disciplines,
cultures and backgrounds

·       Flexibility and willingness to work in situations of flux; ability
to work in a fast turn-around environment; willing to invest the time to
get the job done

·       Strong work ethic and willingness to take ownership for
wide-ranging responsibilities

·       Utmost professionalism and discretion

·       Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office software,
Mac systems, and Adobe Suite products

·       Ability to take initiative and anticipate needs

·       Budget and financial tracking experience


·       Fluency in one or more major foreign language(s), e.g., French,
Spanish or Bahasa Indonesian.

·       Desire to learn about all aspects of the organization

·       Find humor in the absurd

·       Commitment to quality service


·       Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, marine
management (traditional and contemporary), biodiversity conservation, and
conservation financing systems

·       Knowledge of island ecosystem principles

·       Ability to network with diverse groups, including community
members, private sector, fishers, land owners, conservation partners,
government officials, donors, marine recreational businesses, and the
general public, to learn the dynamics between the various marine
conservation practitioners

·       Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people,
including communities, scientists, fishers, CORAL staff, and others,
providing and obtaining needed information

*Complexity/Problem Solving*:

·       Apply resource management concepts and tools, CORAL procedures, and
interaction/communication skills

·       Gather and compile and synthesize project data, resolve
disparities, and modify processes to generate plans

·       Cultivate and develop creative ideas to improve conservation

·       Apply diversified knowledge of conservation principles and local
cultural awareness and practices to a variety of assignments

·       Balance and/or mediate stakeholder disputes or concerns

·       Learn how to interpret guidelines, evaluate information, and modify
processes to adapt to changing circumstances

*To Apply:*

·       Submit a letter of interest and a RESUME via email to:
jobs at coral.org

·       In *SUBJECT* line, enter *Program Manager II*

·       Position will be open and posted until filled

·       No phone calls please

Rick MacPherson
Conservation Programs Director

Coral Reef Alliance
351 California Street, Suite 650
San Francisco, CA  94104
T  +1 (415) 834.0900 x302
M +1 (510) 295-5538
Skype: rickmacpherson
*Learn more about coral reefs at **www.coral.org* <http://www.coral.org/>

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