Coastal Science Program Manager Posted Mar 14
The Nature Conservancy , Nassawadox, VA

The Coastal Science Program Manager serves as the leader of the Conservancy’s coastal science work within the Virginia Coast Reserve. The Program Manager is the lead for TNC’s Coastal Resilience program on the Virginia Eastern Shore and guides decision support tool development (, demonstration of nature-based solutions, and builds and maintains community relationships. S/he will guide, inspire and manage longstanding migratory bird and marine habitat restoration programs at VCR. S/he defines and facilitates emerging and existing long-term conservation plans, and builds and integrates the strategic, scientific and technical capacity of coastal Virginia programs throughout the Conservancy. S/he maintains and develops key partnerships and collaborations in applied science and policy with academia/research, government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the local community. S/he works closely with Philanthropy and other staff to raise project funding support by identifying and developing proposals and grant applications.


• Manages the science program at VCR, contributes to Virginia Chapter coastal conservation programs, integrates with the Mid Atlantic Division and beyond, and establishes and maintains cross-boundary work and relationships with internal and external professional and community partners.
• Supervises, inspires and manages VCR science program, including staff, with the responsibility of establishing accountable overall program goals, as well as staff performance management, training and career development.
• Leads and manages VCR coastal resilience program to include web-based tool development, demonstration of nature-based solutions, and building/maintaining community relationships
• Responsible for ensuring that public and private funds are raised to meet the needs of the coastal science program. This includes writing grants, meeting with donors, managing grants/contracts and administering budgets
• Facilitates and builds cooperation and collaboration with research and other partners to establish, maintain and expand the VCR coastal science program
• Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgement
• Frequent travel domestically, evening and weekend hours. Valid driver’s license is required
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


• BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in coastal conservation practice, policy or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience in collaborative partnership development with academia, non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
• Demonstration of excellent communication skills with a diverse audience- technical and non-technical
• Fundraising experience, including developing proposals and grant applications
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
• Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance of a small team.


• Advanced degree in conservation or policy, or related experience considered
• Demonstrated experience in initiating and maintaining partnerships with diverse groups
• Knowledge of coastal and marine ecosystems, including nature-based solutions and climate change impacts in coastal communities
• Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
• Politically savvy.

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