Manager - Fisheries Conservation


Working out of the Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office, the Manager – Fisheries Conservation will be a key member of the Marine and Coastal Conservation team and will manage strategic development and implementation of the Foundation’s sustainable fisheries programs including, but not limited to Diadromous Fish Initiative, U.S. Shellfish Initiative, as well as the Fisheries Innovation Fund.  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/contract 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, Marine and Coastal Conservation  (Director) and other Foundation staff.  S/he is also responsible for other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Design and implement conservation strategies for NFWF in fisheries and other conservation initiatives  in coordination with the Director and other marine team members, various advisory committees, Foundation program staff including Keystone Initiative Directors and Evaluators, Government Relations, contractors, agency liaisons and the Board.
  • Establish program priorities, including measurable goals and objectives; work with the program advisory committee to solicit, review and approve grant awards; developing, coordinating and implementing site-specific technical assistance plans/strategies with grantees; negotiate milestones with grantees; and establishing systems to monitor progress of each grantee (using Foundation technical and financial tracking databases).
  • Manage applicable 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 in securing additional funding for fisheries programs (including subgrants) and the operations of the Foundation.
  • Serve as spokesperson for the Foundation with regard to this program, its conservation objectives and accomplishments.  Coordinate the fisheries program activities with others involved or affected by project decisions.
  • Establish and maintain networks with the myriad organizations and interests engaged in fisheries work.
  • Keep abreast of scientific and policy developments that may impact efforts to promote sustainable fisheries.
  • Seek opportunities for information sharing among grantees and with policy makers about lessons learned and accomplishments of grant-funded projects.
  • Assure compliance with all requirements of cooperative agreements, including quality assurance for data and the environmental results policy, and assure that all activities are communicated and coordinated with the Director, other Foundation staff as appropriate and Foundation agency liaisons.
  • Review and evaluate submissions by grant/contract recipients and applicants assuring that results are in full compliance with Foundation and funding source requirements.
  • Track and monitor proposals and active grants/contracts in coordination with the project administration team.
  • Compile project metrics from grants to help populate scorecards and assess impact of initiatives.
  • Coordinate the program’s external technical review of proposals in accordance with Foundation policy.
  • Prepare briefing materials and recommendations to support decision making by the Foundation’s staff and Board.
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation of various descriptive and evaluative reports as directed.
  • Subject to programmatic objectives and budgetary considerations, propose and conduct site visits in accordance with Foundation policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.


  • Recommend new processes where needed to improve existing processes.
  • Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes.


  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience with concentration in fisheries biology, fisheries economics, oceanography or marine biology preferred.
  • Experience working in fisheries management and liaising with the fishing Industry preferred.
  • Experience in building coalitions.
  • Three years experience in program management.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising or program development.
  • Experience working with federal resource agencies, with experience managing cooperative agreements preferred.
  • Grants management and administration experience preferred.
  • Professionalism and leadership qualities.
  • Driven by a desire to meet and exceed goals.
  • Thrives in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong listening and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Computer proficiency. Experience using database software preferred.


Commensurate with experience.


Washington, DC

Application Information

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word or PDF 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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Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.