Coastal Resilience Program Manager

  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Annapolis, MD, USA
  • Jun 24, 2019
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we seek a Coastal Resilience Program Manager to join our Mid-Atlantic Regional Center in Annapolis, Maryland. 

The Coastal Resilience Program Manager will work to advance the practical application of natural and nature-based infrastructure to help protect wildlife, natural systems, ecosystem services and human communities from coastal impacts that are being exacerbated by climate change. The Manager is part of a national team at NWF focused on addressing the impacts of climate change and will work on projects of regional and national significance.

In this role you will:

  • Partner with communities to advance innovative and strategic coastal projects that help people and wildlife adjust to and cope with current and projected climate impacts;
  • Help to identify and secure foundation and government funding opportunities to advance the program and work with partners to effectively and efficiently meet grant deliverables;
  • Provide strategic input to state, local, and federal coastal resource managers, affiliates and other partners and represent NWF on relevant advisory committees and working groups;
  • Identify state, local, and federal policies that impede natural and nature-based coastal resilience actions, and work with the broader NWF team to achieve strategic policy reforms;
  • Plan and organize events, including expert panels, workshops, and conferences;
  • Prepare reports and other written products, and disseminate key findings to professional and general audiences.


  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred)
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience or equivalent focused on coastal management issues
  • Familiarity with the application of natural and nature-based infrastructure

In addition, candidates should have proven or demonstrated:

  • Ability to develop and manage strategic partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Capacity to strategically conceive and execute programs with clear objectives, benchmarks, and deliverables in accordance with deadlines, including strong project management skills;
  • Competency in securing and managing consistent grant funding;
  • High degree of initiative and ability to be a self-starter;
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills; and
  • Genuine commitment to the conservation legacy and overall mission of the National Wildlife Federation, especially the science-based and collaborative approach of the Federation to achieve its mission and strategic plan outcomes.

The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

Travel Requirements: 

There will be regional travel required in this role, approximately 15% of the time.


Salary is commensurate with experience, in the range of $65,000 - $70,000. The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.


We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at https://www.National Wildlife

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to apply.



Environmental Protection-Conservation



$65,000 to $70,000

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