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Dec 2 / BARD CEP

Program Director, Delaware River- Washington, DC

Organization:  National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Position Title: Program Director, Delaware River

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Full time. Commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline:  not listed



Working out of Washington D.C., the Program Director will manage strategic development and implementation of the Delaware River Restoration Fund (DRRF).  S/he is responsible for developing strategies and programs, assisting in securing funding opportunities, managing applicable funding sources, management of advisory committees, interacting with existing and potential grant recipients, coordinating proposal review, providing technical assistance to grantees, reviewing/approving reports from grantees, coordinating with the project administration team to assure the effective implementation of the Foundation’s grant administration policies, drafting recommendations for staff and Board action, and closely coordinating program efforts with the Director, Eastern Partnership Office (Director) and other Foundation staff.


  • Design and implement conservation objectives for the Delaware River Restoration Fund in coordination with the Director, program partners, public and private funding partners (e.g., William Penn Foundation, Open Space Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation Service), and NFWF staff.
  • Establish program priorities, including measurable goals and objectives; work with program partners to solicit, review and approve grant awards; and monitor and track the progress of each grantee (using NFWF technical and financial tracking databases).
  • Manage applicable public and private funding source(s) as appropriate, including preparation of grant applications and amendments, preparation and submission of financial and programmatic reports and coordination with agency project officers.
  • Assist the Director in securing additional public and private funding for the DRRF.
  • In consultation and coordination with the Director and NFWF’s Communications Department, serve as spokesperson for the Foundation with regard to the DRRF, its conservation objectives and accomplishments.
  • Assure compliance with all requirements of cooperative agreements and assure that all activities are communicated and coordinated with the Director, other NFWF staff as appropriate and NFWF agency liaisons.
  • Working with partners, continually evaluate program success and recommend opportunities for improving program delivery, including:
    • Analyzing grantee programmatic reports to inventory outcomes and develop relevant collections of case studies.
    • Developing consistent tracking systems for managing grantee performance metrics.
    • Developing reports that synthesize reporting information collected from grantees and document program impact.
    • Organizing site visits with grantees and program partners.
  • Seek and develop opportunities for information sharing among grantees and with policy makers about lessons learned and accomplishments of grant-funded projects, including but not limited to
    • Convening workshops and symposiums to promote technology transfer and information sharing among grantees and program partners.
    • In coordination with NFWF’s Communications Department, managing communications and outreach activities, including developing fact sheets, maps presentation materials, and information for the NFWF’s web site.
    • Preparing briefing materials and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation’s staff and Board.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.



  • Preparing federal and private grant applications and fulfilling reporting requirements associated with funding agreements.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with funding partners, working closely with NFWF’s development and government relations staff.
  • Identifying opportunities to advance NFWF leadership in and contributions to the expert scientific, management, and policy communities in the Delaware River watershed.
  • Monitoring scientific literature and Federal and state policy activities for new developments in estuarine issues that could impact NFWF’s conservation strategies for the Delaware River.


  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience with concentration in ecology,      conservation science, or environmental policy preferred.
  • Minimum five years experience working with government agencies and/or      nongovernmental organizations on issues related to conservation and natural resource management.
  • Knowledge of watershed and estuarine management issues.
  • Knowledge of environmental and policy challenges facing the Delaware River.
  • Experience working with environmental indicators and performance metrics.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience building consensus and managing conflict among diverse partners.
  • Ability to work independently in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Computer proficiency, including databases, spreadsheets, word processing, and graphics. Experience with web content management and Geographic      Information Systems is preferred.

How to Apply

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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