Manager, Global Conservation (BFG)

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Founded in 1987 and located in the Presidio of San Francisco, the Biodiversity Funders Group (BFG) is a professional association of grantmakers with a shared vision for a sustainable, just and healthy future for all life on Earth, advanced by a vibrant and effective philanthropic sector. 

BFG supports member-driven programs and special initiatives that focus on climate change and energy, marine ecosystems, land and freshwater conservation, conservation science, Mexico, the Andean-Amazon Basin, and global biodiversity issues. With an annual budget of $1.9M and a staff of nine, BFG hosts convenings, briefings, webinars, and other activities throughout the year. For more information, see www.biodiversityfunders.org

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Global Conservation Manager plays two important roles at BFG. The majority of their time is spent managing the Funders of the Amazon Basin (FAB) working group, developing strategic and programmatic direction and implementing the program’s work plan in close relationship with FAB’s leadership. The person will also work with BFG’s Executive Director to support BFG’s Global Conservation program. This position reports to the Executive Director. Although the Manager is likely to be based in the San Francisco Bay Area, highly qualified applicants based elsewhere and who would work remotely may also be considered.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

For Funders of the Amazon Basin (FAB) (80%):

Facilitative Collaboration

  • Assist the program co-chairs in developing and articulating the strategic and programmatic direction of FAB, including managing FAB’s decision-making process and strategy development, and preparing annual program workplans
  • Provide hands-on support to implement the group’s activities and initiatives
  • Facilitate collaboration and relationship-building between FAB members, including managing the group’s meeting schedules and proposing the agendas
  • Collect and incorporate FAB member feedback

Learning and networking

  • Manage the programming and planning process for FAB’s annual multi-day members meeting (either in the United States or in the Amazon Basin) and program convenings
  • Coordinate the logistics for program gatherings, field trips, and learning activities, including contracts, venues, vendors, food, speakers, and technology
  • Collect and analyze grantmaking data from FAB’s members and, from time to time, support other research activities
  • Create, write, and edit external and internal materials
  • Coordinate webinars and compile the group’s electronic newsletter
  • Work with program co-chairs to prepare issue summaries

Membership development:

  • Cultivate good virtual working relationships with and between FAB members
  • Attend meetings of grantmakers and others related to FAB’s areas of interest
  • Identify potential program chairs and recruit subcommittee members
  • Orient new members to the program

 Administrative support:

  • Manage program expenses, budgets and funding plans
  • With the support of the program co-chairs and the Director of Finance and Operations, develop the program budget and collect member dues
  • Prepare program reports for BFG’s board of directors and program renewal requests
  • Maintain all records, databases, and listservs related to the program

For BFG’s Global Conservation program (20%):

  • Partner with the Executive Director and the Global Conservation program co-chairs in developing occasional activities for BFG members who provide grants outside their home countries
  • Compile and distribute periodic updates to the listserv and to all BFG members
  • Coordinate webinars
  • Maintain all records, databases, and listservs related to the program
  • Oversee the logistics for program gatherings, field trips, and learning activities, including contracts, venues, vendors, food, speakers, and technology

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least two years’ relevant work experience
  • Strong project management skills, with an ability to anticipate, prioritize, and manage multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency with MicroSoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; familiarity with Google Docs, Sheets, and similar applications (familiarity with desktop publishing or content management a plus); ability to learn and work with new software programs
  • Some experience working with databases (familiarity with Salesforce a plus)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (expertise in editing and/or proofreading a plus)
  • Broad understanding of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  • Familiarity with environmental issues
  • Exceptional time-management skills
  • Proven ability to work with a variety of colleagues and constituents with poise and grace
  • Ability to travel as many as six times a year, occasionally outside the United States, for a few days at a time

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with association management or nonprofit networks
  • Experience working in customer service, donor relations, and/or with a membership organization
  • Administrative or program experience with grantmaking foundations
  • Experience in supporting or managing the logistics of meetings or large (60-150 people) multi-day events
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Familiarity with the Andean-Amazon Region
  • Academic or work experience relevant to environmental issues, climate change and energy issues

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Required to sit for long periods of time.
  • Extensive use of computer, keyboard and mouse
  • Bend to file or retrieve documents
  • Occasional light physical effort required
  • Ability to lift and carry up to approximately 30 pounds

 

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position; they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this description.

 

COMPENSATION:

This is a full-time position. BFG offers an excellent benefits package. Starting annual salary is $70,000, depending on experience and location. BFG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should email a substantive cover letter explaining how your skills and background fit this position and a resume to biodiversityfunders@biodiversityfunders.org . Please reference Global Conservation Manager in the subject line.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

No phone inquiries or unannounced visits, please.

The Biodiversity Funders Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, race or disability. BFG’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is based upon our belief that the best organizations are composed of individuals who bring a variety of skills, perspectives, backgrounds, and resources to address complex and strategic challenges.


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