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  • Coordinator, Center for Conservation Innovation

    • Employer: Defenders of Wildlife
      Location: Washington, DC
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes



    JOB TITLE:   Coordinator, Center for Conservation Innovation

    GRADE: 22

    SALARY: Up to $45,000

    FLSA:  Non-Exempt

    DIVISION/SITE:  Headquarters, Washington DC

    DEPARTMENT:  Center for Conservation Innovation

    REPORTS TO:  Director, Center for Conservation Innovation

    LAST REVISED:  March 2020

    Basic Summary:

    This position provides program and administrative support to the Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI) at Defenders of Wildlife. The Coordinator assists with program work and provides support to CCI staff, with priorities determined and assigned by the Director. S/he is responsible for maintaining general knowledge of all of CCI’s key projects to help communicate our work with internal and external partners and provide administrative assistance. This position also serves as a “trouble-shooter” in helping to solve problems and completing various tasks.  Assignments are results-oriented, requiring substantial discretion on the part of the Coordinator in determining how to meet identified goals (e.g., researching a factsheet, organizing a meeting). Many assignments will also involve substantive analysis of conservation data, policies, laws, and other materials. The Coordinator will bring one or more particular skills—such as experience with GIS or data science, communications skills, or training in policy analysis or literature review—to the team. At the same time, they will have opportunities to learn and apply new skills and technical knowledge.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    ·         General Support: Undertake a wide variety of duties as needed to implement program goals, including conducting research (both long- and short-term); writing and editing factsheets and reports; producing content for Defenders website; drafting letters; producing factsheets; attending conferences and meetings; representing Defenders in coalitions; providing other logistical support to CCI staff; and compiling and analyzing data with guidance from senior staff.

    ·         Science and Policy Support: Assist with research and provide analyses to promote Defenders’ and CCI’s policy goals, including efforts to improve the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act, developing innovative strategies to enhance endangered species conservation, and recommending improvements for conserving wildlife broadly. Support the Director and CCI staff in new project development, planning and outreach. Identify opportunities for skills training and new resources, including seeking out external partners to support Defenders’ work where appropriate. Research common procedures and tasks across the program teams and identify efficiencies and best practices. Work with staff members to implement changes that will improve workflow within the context of institutional culture.

    ·         Technical Support: The applicant will provide some basic technical support in area of their skills and interests. For example, if the Coordinator has a background in GIS they will assist with create basic maps; if they have data science skills they may assist with analytics; if they have a communications background they may help with popular and scientific writing.

    ·         Budget Support: Work closely with the Director and accounting staff to develop the annual budget, closely track spending throughout the year, maintain a clear understanding of funds available, and solve problems that may arise, including overspending and coding mistakes. Develop materials for the Director to illustrate various aspects of each budget, as needed.

    ·         General Administrative Support: Maintain knowledge of all organizational administrative procedures in order to assist program staff in completing necessary administrative forms, process expenses, and coordinate contracts. Works with other coordinators to fill in on the front desk and manage calls from the public.

    ·         Coordinate with Other Staff: Serve as the liaison for staff across Defenders, including facilitating communications with headquarters staff in other departments; reviewing and delivering contracts; processing accounting forms, etc. through appropriate processes; and address other needs. Helps arrange meetings, manage the Director’s schedule, and provide logistic and IT support for meetings.

    ·         Perform all other related duties as assigned.



    Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.


    2+ years of relevant experience; program management and/or environmental policy experience or an advanced degree in policy, law or natural resources preferred. Previous experience managing an operational budget also preferred.

    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


    ·         Solid organizational and verbal communications skills.

    ·         Must be extremely well-organized and capable of juggling many different projects and tasks at one time.

    ·         Excellent research, writing, and editing skills.

    ·         Must be comfortable working with a variety of people, including federal/state agencies, elected officials and their staff, Defenders’ members, and the general public.

    ·         Skills and experience in a specific domain, such as map development with ArcGIS or QGIS; data science with python or R; literature and data discovery; writing and editing; or similar, is strongly preferred.

    ·         Experience with statistical analyses and skill using technical programming languages such as R or python is desirable. 

    ·         Requires high level of computer literacy with advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet applications. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel a must.

    ·         Demonstrated knowledge and/or passion for wildlife conservation is preferred.

    ·         Experience creating interactive website charts and maps preferred.

    ·         Budget tracking skills required. 

    Work Expectations:

    Work Environment:

    General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

    Physical Demands:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.

    All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

    How to Apply:

    Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs

    About Defenders:

    Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.

    Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.


    It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.


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