Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Coordinator
Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture OPJV · Central Texas and Central Oklahoma
American Bird Conservancy
Title: Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Coordinator
Supervisor: Central Regional Director
Location: Central Texas and Central Oklahoma (within the OPJV region preferred)
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The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partnership is seeking a dynamic conservationist with the drive and entrepreneurial spirit to serve as the OPJV Coordinator and lead the daily operations of the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture staff, under the direction of the OPJV Management Board and as an employee of the American Bird Conservancy. The Coordinator will co-supervise 10 full time staff employed by three partner organizations, as well as various seasonal technicians. The Coordinator will manage the highly successful Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP), which has provided over $2 million in incentive payments to private landowners to improve habitat for priority grassland birds on over 300 projects and 106,000 acres in Texas and Oklahoma since 2013 (see www.opjv.org ). The coordinator will work with staff, management board, and partners to develop additional programs and advance policies to address regional bird conservation objectives identified through OPJV partner planning activities and guided by international, national and state wildlife conservation plans.
The person in this position serves as the Coordinator for the OPJV partnership, and assumes principal responsibilities for initiating, facilitating, integrating, coordinating, communicating, and directing the work and activities of the partnership. Work and activities relate to several primary functional aspects of Joint Venture implementation and administration, including biological planning, conservation design, conservation delivery, research, monitoring/evaluation, and communication/outreach. The Coordinator represents the interests of the OPJV and its partners in a variety of professional forums. The Coordinator plays a key role in developing, maintaining and advancing a strategic, landscape oriented, partnership-driven approach to integrated migratory bird conservation in the geography of the OPJV (Strategic Habitat Conservation), as a part of the international Bird Joint Venture network (www.mbjv.org).
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the only conservation group whose sole mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC accomplishes its mission through direct action and by engaging the people, groups, resources, and strategies needed to succeed. It undertakes the full spectrum of bird conservation issues using advocacy and habitat conservation strategies.
· Develops and manages nearly $1 million annual budget through multiple partner organizations related to OPJV operations, implementing the strategies and tactics identified in the OPJV Grassland Conservation Business Plan and other relevant OPJV planning documents (see link at https://www.opjv.org/about_us).
· Seeks external funding through significant grant writing, as well as through partners and cooperative arrangements. Ensures that all OPJV obligations are met/exceeded.
· Clearly defines work assignments and priorities for OPJV staff, with guidance from Management Board and partnership members, outlining objectives and goals to be accomplished, and timelines within which to complete them; reviews work at critical junctures/phases, suggests necessary modifications, and provides appropriate oversight.
· Coordinates the accomplishment of actions approved by the OPJV Management Board that contribute to the goals and objectives of state, regional, national and international bird conservation initiatives and plans and that relate to the OPJVs strategic approach to bird conservation.
· Coordinates OPJV meetings/workshops; facilitates internal and external communication; provides oversight regarding the development and implementation of projects; and evaluates and reports results.
· Facilitates cooperation and communications among government and non-government entities, as well as among private citizens and landowners — dealing with a variety of perspectives and potentially conflicting interests. And working to maximize OPJV partner organizations and the OPJV’s shared conservation objectives
· Knowledge of theory, principles, and methods of priority bird management and research, and their application in the conservation of resident and migratory birds, and their habitats.
· Knowledge of the theories and principles of grassland ecology, ecosystem management, and adaptive resource management and their application to conservation planning at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
· Stimulates technical and media support for Joint Venture activities and projects.
· Exercises patience, tact, understanding and respect in addressing and balancing diverse perspectives and interests that influence the partnership's direction and priorities.
· The OPJV Coordinator must be able to work independently with little supervisory oversight on a daily basis. In addition, must provide strong leadership and vision to implement the conservation priorities of the partnership.
· Be a public spokesperson for conservation.
· The Coordinator will be dual guided by OPJV Management Board and ABC.
· The Coordinator will serve as the supervisor/co-supervisor of the 10 OPJV staff.
· A background in bird conservation, biology, landscape ecology or similarly related field, with at least 5 years’ experience.
· Master’s degree or higher preferred, but others will be considered with relevant experience.
· Significant travel required throughout the year (35%+ post COVID).
· Office location is preferred to be located within the OPJV geography.
· Demonstrated ability to translate strategic, visionary ideas into functioning, sustainable programs and initiatives that produce lasting results.
· Experience in working with international partners, networks, and governments is beneficial. Demonstrated success in working with a wide variety of people and partner institutions, and in cross-cultural situations.
· Ability to build, lead, and manage multiple campaigns or projects concurrently, and meet deadlines.
· Excellent oral and written communications skills.
· Technical proficiency in writing and reviewing bird conservation plans and scientific research. Knowledge of basic geospatial analysis and basic statistics a plus.
· Benefits include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan.
· Paid vacation days, holidays, and sick leave.
· Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses covered.
· Lodging and meals covered for travel away from home.
· Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement where applicable.
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Application Deadline: April 7, 2021
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