JOB OPENING Title: Director - Wildlife & Habitat Conservation, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Washington, D.C. Summary: The Keystone Initiatives are a centerpiece of the Foundation's strategic plan and drive our work on some of the most important conservation issues in North America. The goal of the Keystone Initiatives is to create and implement a core portfolio of select, issue-specific programs that will achieve long-term impact with measurable outcomes. Keystone Directors work with program staff and evaluation scientists to create and implement programs that have the potential to influence conservation well beyond the Foundation's own resources. The Keystone Director is expected to be a thought-leader in his/her field and strengthen the Foundation's position as a leader in the conservation community. Keystone Directors are also expected to play a leadership role in securing federal and private funding for their programs. For the Wildlife & Habitat Director, the Foundation seeks an individual with an entrepreneurial spirit and a broad knowledge of the challenges facing terrestrial ecosystems, large-scale and trans-boundary conservation issues. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable record as an innovator in his/her field and serve as a catalyst within the Foundation to create new combinations of people, processes, methodologies, and ideas that will expand successes in outcome-based conservation. The Foundation is particularly interested in individuals with expertise in one or more of the following issues: innovative land conservation (acquisition and restoration) techniques, ecosystem services, wildlife corridor design and conservation, and/or energy development impacts on wildlife. The Wildlife & Habitat Director should have a strong scientific background and thorough understanding of the cutting-edge issues in terrestrial conservation as well as the ability to raise funding. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Implementation of and evaluation of existing Wildlife and Habitat Keystone Initiatives, which include: Sierra Meadows, Sky Island Grasslands, Northern Rockies Wildlife Corridors, and Early Successional Forests (more detail on these Initiatives is available at www.nfwf.org; click on "Keystones."). Working with Chief Science Officer and science team, lead the development of new Initiatives as appropriate, integrating these into a common framework for delivering institutional outcomes and monitoring the success of the foundation's investments The ability to coordinate and facilitate groups of partners to work collaboratively on on-the- ground implementation of Initiatives; Communicating effectively and persuasively with a diversity of audiences including the Foundation's Board of Directors, Members of Congress, scientists, landowners and government agencies across the country. Diligently pursuing innovative public and private partnerships to secure operational and programmatic funding for this initiative in coordination with the Development and Government Relations staff and regional offices. Demonstrating thought leadership with the public, scientific, and/or conservation communities. Coordinating with Foundation staff on all aspects of development and implementation of the Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Initiative to ensure strong integration of existing and new programs with this effort. Managing applicable funding source(s) as appropriate, including preparation of grant applications and amendments, preparation and submission of financial and programmatic reports, and coordination with project officers to ensure compliance with all funding source requirements. Preparing briefing materials and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation's Board. Representing the Foundation at appropriate meetings, conferences, etc. Conducting site visits in accordance with Foundation policy. Willingness to travel with moderate frequency and sometimes on short notice. Qualifications PhD or masters degree with equivalent experience in natural resource management. Demonstrated thought leadership within area of expertise. Five to eight years experience in conservation program management. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of staff to create a highly integrated program. Demonstrated ability to lead others and get desired results. Demonstrated ability to facilitate productive exchange among government and non- government agencies and organizations. Extensive experience and confidence to discuss conservation priorities and projects with Board members, 'grasstop' donors, Congressional staff and senior members of federal agency directorates. Proven success in fundraising or program development. Experience working with federal resource agencies and in managing cooperative agreements preferred. Experience in grant management and administration preferred. Ability to respond quickly and accurately to requests for information. Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet short deadlines. Strong interpersonal skills, particularly ability in working with the public and institutions. Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills. Ability to think strategically and plan for the future. Flexibility in a rapidly changing environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. Computer proficiency with databases, spreadsheets, and word processing. Commitment to Foundation values. Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Location: Washington, DC To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, one to two page writing samples, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Coordinator, at [email protected] National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.