Senior Manager, Forestry Program
National Wildlife Federation - Atlanta, GA

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The Senior Manager of Forestry Program is responsible for leading NWF’s forest conservation and restoration program in the nine-state region of NWF’s southeast office. The Senior Manager will be responsible for working with a team of NWF colleagues and various partner groups across the southeast region to define and implementing a regional forest conservation program with an emphasis on: restoration of longleaf pine ecosystems and habitat, outreach and capacity building for minority forest landowners, state and federal policy support such as through Farm Bill reauthorization, collaboration with NWF state affiliates on place-based restoration project, exploring market based approaches such as forestry certification, and fundraising for program support. As part of the national Climate and Energy team, the Senior Manager will work closely with NWF staff in the Atlanta regional office and other NWF offices, as well as staff and volunteers of NWF affiliate and partner organizations. The position will involve policy development, strategic planning, program implementation, fundraising, occasional lobbying, and collaboration with constituents, agencies, donors, and other groups.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop and implement Southeastern Longleaf Pine Restoration Campaign to achieve NWF’s 15-year goal of longleaf pine ecosystem restoration on 10 percent of its historic range and manage other funded projects.

Work with NWF state affiliates, other like-minded organizations including state and federal natural resource agencies, academia, and industry, identify long-term and short-term objectives, priorities, campaign needs, and partnership opportunities.

Collaborate with like-minded organizations on a regional strategy for longleaf pine restoration, with an emphasis on building partnerships with minority and underserved communities and leader across the “Black Belt” region.

Develop and implement policy strategies, including collaborating with NWF staff, state affiliates, and other groups on Farm Bill and other federal policy strategies to support longleaf pine restoration.

Manage the implementation of the Ford Foundation funded Value Chain Initiative and related projects.

Conduct related media outreach.

Develop funding proposals to support the campaign.

Represent NWF in forest policy coalitions and key alliances such as America’s Longleaf Alliance, the Alliance for the Future of Southern Forests, the Ford Foundation Wealth Creation initiative, and with state affiliates on federal Farm Bill policies affecting the region.

Participate in broad based policy discussions that contribute to state and federal support for good forestry on the private forest land base of the region.

Participate as a member of the USDA Secretary-appointed national USDA Forest Resource Coordinating Committee as a conservation representative.

Work with forest certification bodies and interests to promote good wildlife and forestry practices in southern forests and plantation systems.

Contribute to southeast program development as a team member, work with NWF development staff to develop funding proposals, meet with donors and institutional funders as appropriate, and represent NWF externally to key constituencies.

Participate in NWF staff training, project planning, and team building work as appropriate.

Develop collaborative funding proposals and outreach to donor community

EDUCATION:
College degree required. Advanced degree in public policy, forestry and/or wildlife management, or natural resource economics preferred.

EXPERIENCE:
Minimum 7 years of relevant natural resource management, forestry, or environmental policy experience.

Experience working in a non-profit setting and fundraising and environmental policy experience desirable.

Field experience and familiarity with forest management models and practices, outreach and technical assistance to private landowners in the South.

Experience in policy advocacy and writing for external audiences is highly valued.

SKILLS:
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

Ability to think strategically and work closely and collaboratively with NWF affiliates, volunteer leadership, and other partners.

Comfortable reading and interpreting technical data on wildlife biology, silvicultural systems, and restoration ecology.

Experience working with private landowners is a big plus.

MS Office Suite 2007 and/or 2010, internet and familiarity working with list –serves are essential.

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

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