Title: Project & Operations Manager
Status (Exempt or Non-Exempt): Exempt
Reports To: Executive Director
THE CONSERVATION FINANCE NETWORK
The Conservation Finance Network (CFN) helps practitioners develop and scale conservation finance approaches – both locally and systemically – offering vitally important ways to leverage public, private, and philanthropic dollars for the projects that matter. From empowering and advancing equity-centered projects to democratizing access to capital and environmental markets, CFN is leveraging partnerships to improve outcomes for climate, land, and water conservation, biodiversity, and human health and equity.
As a backbone support organization to the field of conservation finance, CFN is a form of infrastructure that enables collaboration and systems-level change. We work to increase capacity, confidence, and connection among a growing community of public agencies, investment firms, corporations, foundations, conservation organizations, and academic institutions. We enable practitioners to strengthen connections and align efforts beyond the bounds of individual mission statements or business models. We convene practitioners to develop new tools and address common challenges, provide technical assistance for project implementation, and capture and disseminate actionable information on cutting edge approaches. Together, our efforts increase the financial resources deployed for conservation.
The Project & Operations Manager is responsible for managing conservation finance projects, contracts, and events along with internal processes and administration. You will play a key role by supporting strategic initiatives and enhancing business operations at CFN, including internal systems, cross-sector convenings, capacity building activities, technical assistance delivery, governance coordination, impact and relationship database management, strategic communications, research projects, business development, and fundraising. You will join a small, entrepreneurial team with the Executive Director, Director of Strategic Partnerships, and Steering Committee to strengthen and grow CFN’s impact. This role is designed for someone who is seeking a mid-level project management and operations position in a purpose-driven organization with ambitious (yet realistic!) goals.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:
The position is ideal for someone who is passionate about supporting innovative and effective funding and financing solutions for a range of public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic partners across conservation issue areas (climate, recreation, forestry, agriculture, health, equity, etc.); who gets excited about finding opportunities to improve efficiency and operational excellence and loves taking the initiative to build those solutions; for someone with a knack for finding a better way and a healthy appetite for new and different challenges; for someone who enjoys enabling their teammates to be successful in sector building, research, training and community engagement; for someone who takes pride and joy from helping partners achieve deep and equitable conservation impact; for someone who wants to build new competencies and grow with a rapidly evolving organization.
The Project & Operations Manager will work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Strategic Partnerships. If you thrive in a dynamic, distributed team environment, enjoy collaboration, and are passionate about working in a mission-driven space, we’re excited to meet you.
We understand that each applicant will bring unique skills, knowledge, and experience to this position. Our small but nimble team is open to discussing what each candidate brings to the table and how responsibilities might shift among the team to cater to individual strengths. With that in mind, the primary responsibilities of the Project & Operations Manager will include most of the following:
- Strategic Oversight & Management: Manage budgets, financial reporting, and the annual workplan and development plan in relation to CFN’s strategic direction.
- Governance: Assist with all aspects of governance, including regular communication and committee management. Assist the Executive Director with all aspects of governance including committee engagement and meeting scheduling, preparation, minutes, and follow-up.
- Business Operations: Provide general administrative and operations support to CFN team. Manage IT contractor and support staff on all technology needs. Evaluate and recommend improvements to efficiency and operational excellence.
- Event Planning: Take initiative and exercise independent judgment to plan and coordinate capacity building courses, workshops, webinars, and events including logistics, recruitment, and overall efficacy.
- Technical Assistance Delivery: Coordinate the delivery of technical assistance to projects and partners including scheduling, note taking, and managing work flow.
- Strategic Communications & Marketing: Coordinate CFN’s partnership with Highstead and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, especially deadlines, article production, and monthly eNews content. Work with partners to develop and disseminate relevant content to an audience of 7,000.
- Business Planning and Fundraising: Support the implementation of a business plan and fundraising strategy to raise funds and generate revenue for network activities. Actively contribute to lead generation. Manage all aspects of proposal development and reporting.
- Partnerships and Business Development: identify potential partnerships and business opportunities (e.g. new partners and audiences for services and resources) to help CFN strategically grow the delivery and impact of its programs.
- Community Building: Actively work to establish and foster a sense of community across the field of practice.
- Equity & Justice: Support equity and environmental justice goals and actions, both internally and externally.
- Research: Perform research on case studies, financing mechanisms, funding prospects, and other relevant topics.
- Learning: Proactively stay apprised of new and innovative conservation finance techniques through interaction with leaders and innovators and through relevant conferences, workshops, and webinars.
- Other duties as assigned.
DESIRED BACKGROUND AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
The desired background, skills, and attributes are representative of the factors that will help a candidate to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Recommended: Bachelor’s degree related to environmental science, land and resource conservation, nonprofit management, community development, natural capital, and/or impact investing.
- A minimum five years of project and operations management experience with a demonstrated interest in conservation and/or community problem solving related to climate change, recreation, land and resource conservation, forestry, agriculture, and human health and equity.
- Experience with land and resource conservation projects or transactions, project and partnership management, business operations, communications and marketing, curriculum development, event planning, business development, fundraising, grant reporting, and database management.
- An ability to bring humor, curiosity, joy, and humility to further a positive team dynamic and community culture.
- Comfort with uncertainty and an inclination to prevent or solve problems.
- Ability to anticipate and/or ascertain the needs of partners and stakeholders.
REQUESTED SKILLS & CAPABILITIES
- Excellent project management skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
- Ability to think strategically and creatively to advance organizational goals.
- Ability to manage multiple and competing responsibilities, both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
- Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
- Ability to exercise sound and independent judgement while maintaining confidentiality as appropriate.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and virtual meeting platforms (e.g. Zoom). Additionally desired: proficiency with Adobe Creative suite, website management, and social media platforms.
- Familiarity with current issues and leading organizations and practitioners.
- Knowledge of nonprofit budget and accounting principles.
The salary range for this position is $60,000 – 70,000
- Must be willing to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.
- Some travel required.
Multiplier provides a comprehensive compensation package, including:
- 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employee
- 401 (k) retirement plan with 3.5% employer match
- 12 paid holidays, including 2 floating holidays
- Vacation accrual of 15 days for years 1-4
- 10 annual sick days
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: email@example.com with “The Conservation Finance Network/Project & Operations Manager” in the subject line. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.
The Conservation Finance Network is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (www.multiplier.org)
Multiplier and The Conservation Finance Network celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and The Conservation Finance Network are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and The Conservation Finance Network prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.