Operations Manager

  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Nov 18, 2020
Full time Operations Manager Operations Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation 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.  The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The National Wildlife Federation believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that all Americans have access to clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.

To support our mission, we are seeking an Operations Manager to join our Gulf Program and assist the Gulf Program Deputy Director. This position is a remote position, based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

As our Operations Manager you will help advance the goals of NWF’s Gulf Program, which advocates for landscape-scale coastal, riverine and marine habitat restoration and enhanced coastal and floodplain resilience in the watershed of the Gulf of Mexico. Through this program, we work in coalition with national and regional partners to advocate for bold state and federal action that will restore the Gulf and, in the process, protect people, wildlife, and jobs. You will oversee grant and budget processes for our Gulf Program. This position is critical to program operations and advancement of program goals. Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, you will work closely with program colleagues to ensure sound administrative and operational oversight of the program. You will also take on special projects and work with partners to build and advance the program.

You’ll work in close coordination and will have daily communication with relevant program staff, grant and coalition partners, including the Gulf Program Deputy Director and the Regional Deputy Director, as well as the NWF Finance and Legal Departments.

Your role will include:

  • Grants Management: Manage and lead program grant reporting, including ongoing collection of reporting information and monitoring deliverable progress on multiple grants. Work closely with Gulf program staff and Joint Campaign staff on the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition to ensure grant progress is being made on schedule. Draft reports and assist with grant proposal and renewals. Manage pass-through grants and track deliverable progress and communicate with grantees.
  • Budget Management: Manage program budgets and contract processes for multiple large grants. Track cash flows, make spending recommendations, communicate with staff as needed. Manage contracts, monitor progress on scopes of work and ensure payments.
  • Project Management: Manage special projects as needed, ensuring good budgetary decisions, strong team coordination, and effective partnerships. In collaboration with appropriate program staff, develop project proposals and scopes of work. Facilitate project coordination within the Federation and with partners.
  • General Administrative Duties:  Assist the Deputy Director with other administrative duties related to Gulf Program management.


  • Degree in public or business administration, public policy, or related field
  • Minimum five years of successful experience at a conservation and/or non-profit organization
  • Demonstrated successful experience in grants management and reporting
  • Experience successfully managing large, complex budgets

Demonstrated ability in:

  • Working collaboratively with an integrated and diverse team of professionals
  • Appreciating diversity of opinion as well as respect for individuals
  • Being a self-starter capable of putting plans into action and meeting deadlines
  • Prioritizing time and working efficiently
  • Showing a high-level performance in independent work and using problem solving, initiative and creativity
  • Being detail-oriented
  • Communicating well in writing and orally

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


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

The salary for this position is $60,000 to $65,000.

The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere. Our paid time-off includes 3 weeks of vacation leave, open wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave options, per year. In addition, our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, AD&D, short- and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options including telecommuting and non-traditional work hours. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.

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 nwf.org/equity

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.

The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply.  Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.  If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.


Program Management, Environmental Protection-Conservation



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