Business Manager, Marine Conservation; Wildlife Conservation Society

Job Title: 
Business Manager, Marine Conservation
Job Location: 
Bronx, NY
Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 21, 2019


WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Started in 1895 (as the New York Zoological Society), WCS has a long history of ocean conservation and exploration. Today, the WCS Global Marine Conservation Program supports the conservation of coastal seascapes, coral reefs, mangroves, and iconic marine species, such as sharks, rays, and marine mammals, in the waters of 24 countries around the world. WCS focuses on protecting areas with the greatest biodiversity and aggregations of marine wildlife, as well as important habitats and fisheries on which coastal communities depend. WCS is based at the Bronx Zoo, and operates the four zoos and the New York Aquarium in New York City, collectively visited by 4 million people annually. For more information about the Marine Program, visit


Position Overview

The Business Manager plays a central role within the WCS Marine Conservation team, on behalf of the global marine conservation portfolio, which has an annual budget of approximately $18 million. The position will directly oversee the finance and administration of multi-continental marine grants across key priorities of Sharks and Rays, Ocean Giants, Sustainable Fisheries, and Coral Conservation portfolios, as well as the $15 million Marine Protected Area (MPA) Fund – alongside the programmatic leads for these initiatives. This position will work very closely with Continental, Regional, and Country Programs, as well as NY based Finance/Accounting, Fundraising, and Legal departments.  The Business Manager for Marine Conservation will report to the Executive Director for Marine Conservation, based at the headquarters of WCS's Global Conservation Program at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.

Position Responsibilities

  • Financial Management and Planning: Ensure Executive Director has the financial information they require to manage and fundraise for the program; Strategically allocate marine resources to help advance global marine initiatives; Provide monthly key performance indicators for multi-continental marine grants; Work with Finance, Regional and Country staff, and other relevant departments to resolve any issues with finances and grants; Annual presentation of short and long term financial plans for the global marine program; Report regularly on the financial state of marine programs across geographies.


  • Budget Leadership: Manage and maintain the Global Marine NY Managed budgets – including the Central team, Sharks and Rays, Ocean Giants, MPAs, and Coral portfolios; Lead the annual WCS budgeting process for Marine NY-Managed grants and coordinate with field programs on marine funding; track marine funding across field programs and help maintain database of marine grants and donors; Serve as the budget lead for cross-continental grants, including regular budget to actual reports.
  • Proposal Review and Development: Working in close coordination with field programs, review and develop proposal budgets for multi-continental Marine grants – ensure budgets are covering costs and are contributing to strengthening the Regional and Country Programs; ensure budgets are in line with long-term financial plan for the Regions and Marine Program; ensure budgets are developed in compliance with WCS and donor policies and undergo appropriate reviews.


  • Grant Management and Systems: Ensure grant administration is on track and timely submission of donor reporting across marine grants; Prepare financial reports for NY managed and cross-continental marine grants; Lead and provide guidance on understanding WCS grant management processes, systems, tools and donor compliance requirements for program staff; streamline institutional processes across Marine funding; and help set up new awards in WCS’s system.


  • Financial Operations: Ensure quality control of revenue and expense bookings through regular monitoring and review of accounts; Submit finance and budget adjustments as needed; Oversee payment requests related to contracts, employee reimbursements and other purchases; Work closely with NY Procurement team on procurement orders; Oversee and monitor subgrantees; Review financial terms of contracts and donor agreements.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree required, MBA preferred. Related program of study such as finance, accounting, economics or business highly preferred.
  • Proven financial management experience in an international organization (5+ years) including staff management experience.
  • Experience with grants management and grant reporting in a multi-funder environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including capacity to manage multiple, concurrent projects and demands, and to set and follow priorities.
  • Effective “roll up the sleeves” work ethic.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures and within a dispersed team that includes both WCS and non-WCS staff.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • English fluency and a strong working knowledge of another language is beneficial
  • Excellent computer and systems skills required with respect to MS Office applications (advanced skills in MS Excel required) and major financial accounting and reporting software (SAP or equivalent)
  • Willingness to travel internationally essential.


Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. WCS offers a competitive compensation package including medical/dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, pension plan, life insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave and generous vacation.


Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.


To Apply To apply, email CV and cover letter to marineprogram [at] and apply online at  Preference will be given to applications received by October 21, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. WCS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diversity candidates. 

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