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  • Managing Director, Flyways Program

    Guest Kimberlee Goggin
    • Employer: Manomet, Inc.
      Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/20/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Are you passionate about the conservation of migratory birds, and have significant experience working at local, national and international scales? Are you interested in joining a science-based organization focused on delivering full lifecycle conservation, resilient coastal ecosystems and science education? If so, Manomet is looking for an individual to build on the 35+ years of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) and help lead shorebird conservation throughout the Americas. Manomet, Inc., is a 51-year-old non-profit based in Plymouth, Mass. committed to science-based decisions for humans and nature. Manomet’s Flyways program houses the WHSRN Executive Office, and has done for most of the history of the initiative.


    The Managing Director of Flyways will play a lead role in Manomet’s efforts to catalyze and coordinate full lifecycle conservation of shorebird populations in the Western Hemisphere. The position has two major foci: 1. Facilitating the delivery of the conservation investment strategies of the shorebird flyway conservation initiatives in the Americas (Atlantic, Midcontinent, Pacific, and Arctic); and, 2. Supporting partners at Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) sites in Canada and the USA, helping to facilitate site conservation action and sharing of experiences. There is tremendous opportunity for creativity in this portfolio, but key to success will be an ability to build effective partnerships where all participants succeed. The Managing Director of Flyways will supervise Flyways program staff running projects under the framework of the shorebird flyway conservation initiatives, and will be responsible for seeing that there are clear goals and outcomes annually across the Flyways program and for tracking measures of success. The position will work closely with colleagues across Manomet, but particularly from the Resilient Habitats and Science programs.


    The position is intended to be based in the US, but consideration will be made for exceptional candidates based outside of the US.



    1.      Lead, in coordination with the VP of Flyways, Manomet’s efforts to catalyze and coordinate full lifecycle conservation to restore shorebird populations across the Americas.

    2.      Build effective partnerships to help deliver the goals of the shorebird conservation initiatives in the Americas (including WHSRN). Identify and engage with new partners, especially from non-traditional stakeholder groups (e.g. business sector, sustainable development and human welfare agencies and organizations).

    3.      Lead Executive Office work at WHSRN sites in Canada and the USA through collaborations with site partners, facilitating site conservation planning, project management, technical support, conservation advocacy and measures of success. Lead coordination with the WHSRN-USA Committee. Work with Environment and Climate Change Canada to develop a stronger WHSRN presence in Canada.

    4.      Work closely with the VP of Flyways and the Flyways team to ensure delivery of the goals of the Flyways program, and monitor and evaluate progress towards targets.

    5.      Supervise staff of the Flyways program to ensure the quality and timely delivery of project results, build links and ensure efficiencies across areas of work, and facilitate the provision of support to local partner organizations.

    6.      Support Executive Office coordination with the WHSRN Hemispheric Council and relevant working groups and task forces.

    7.      Lead WHSRN Executive Office’s information management systems including site, contact, project, GIS, and Site Assessment Tool (SAT) databases. Support team implementation of SAT.

    8.      Lead WHSRN Executive Office’s efforts to improve access to training and information for underserved communities.

    9.      Work closely with staff in the Resilient Habitats and Science programs to coordinate shorebird conservation efforts across the organization.

    10. Work closely with development and communications staff and the VP for Flyways to maintain relationships with key donors, and the media.  Undertake site visits, provide presentations, and meet with supporters and others to build institutional resources and expand support for WHSRN and Manomet.

    11. Help identify funding opportunities and lead or support the development of proposals



    ·         Minimum of a Bachelor of Science in a relevant discipline. Advanced degree preferable, but not required.

    ·         At least 10 years of experience in migratory bird conservation, ideally with extensive international experience. Familiarity with existing voluntary and regulatory mechanisms for international migratory bird conservation desirable.

    ·         Significant staff supervisory and project management experience (5+ years).

    ·         Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills in English with diverse audiences. Conversational-level Spanish is highly desirable, as the Flyways team is primarily Spanish-speaking. Other languages (Portuguese, French) a plus.

    ·         Skills in mainstream computer programs are a must, and proficiency in databases and ESRI mapping would be helpful.

    ·         A key aspect of the position is the ability to work effectively with individuals from a wide range of cultures and professions, bringing organizations together in a collaborative approach towards achieving shared goals. Candidates should be able to give examples of how they have motivated people toward a common end.

    ·         The position will require the ability to work effectively and productively alone much of the time, but also be skillful working collaboratively with other Manomet staff and partner organizations.

    ·         Skills and experiences in fundraising will be a valuable asset for candidates applying to for this position.



    Must be able to travel (as COVID-19 restrictions allow), sometimes extensively on flights and ground transportation. Ability to walk long distances in a variety of potentially difficult surfaces (e.g. sand, mud, marsh) ideal (but not essential).


    Manomet is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Competitive salary with excellent benefits and travel opportunities, commensurate with experience.



    Please email your resume and cover letter as attachments to kgoggin@manomet.org

    Please reference the job title in the subject line. The position is available immediately and applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by April 30, 2022.


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