Program Manager; Waitt Institute

Job Title: 
Program Manager
Job Location: 
La Jolla
Full Time
Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 1, 2019

Location: La Jolla, CA Hours: Full-time (some nights and weekends) Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Position Overview This position will support the Blue Prosperity Coalition, a major new initiative of the Waitt Foundation, Waitt Institute and other partners with a focus on ocean conservation. The Coalition works with Government partners to achieve ocean protection and sustainable blue growth through technical assistance in marine spatial planning. The Program Manager will support successful development and implementation of the Blue Prosperity Initiative and provide general support to the Waitt Institute. The position will report to Waitt Institute (WI) Executive Director. Substantial travel (40-50% time) for site-based work, regional workshops and international meetings as required.

Responsibilities • Build partnerships with government officials and stakeholders at Initiative sites to expand capacity and increase efficiency • Oversee and work with site managers and contractors in collaboration with Executive Director, including obtaining bids from contractors, developing statements of work, and developing contracts, to support site strategy, planning and execution • Draft and review presentations, memos, and reports to support programmatic work, including peer-reviewed publications and popular press articles • Develop annual work plans and budgets for project sites and oversee implementation, providing regular program and financial updates to Executive Director and Operations and Legal Director • Develop and implement public policy strategies to achieve program outcomes on site and for the Institute more broadly • Ensure program progress at sites and track via program metrics and indicators and prepare internal and reports to Board and project partners in collaboration with Executive Director and Operations and Legal Director • Support development and launch of future sites • Communicate effectively with and support the work of the Institute staff and consultants • Represent the Institute at meetings, conferences and other events at the Initiative sites and at other locations as needed

Qualifications Required • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in biological sciences or a related field • Highly developed project management skills and ability to lead a diverse team that is geographically dispersed • Significant experience directing team efforts and supervising the work of others • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines with flexibility between tasks • An affinity and sensitivity for working with a culturally and politically diverse community; able to interact seamlessly with legislators, academics, federal and state government employees • Demonstrated ability to advocate effectively on politically sensitive issues and raise the visibility of the organization through outreach to key community stakeholders and the general public • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including strong presentation skills • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a fast-paced and geographically dispersed work environment • Substantive expertise in fisheries science, fisheries management, pelagic ecosystems, marine spatial planning or similar Preferred • 5-7 years of relevant work experience • Graduate degree in fisheries, marine science, policy or economics To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and 500-word writing sample (prefer writing sample that targets a policy-maker audience) as PDFs to info [at] with “Program Manager” in the Subject Line. Reviewed on rolling basis. For full consideration, please submit application by February 1, 2019.

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