The Conservation Science Operations Manager is responsible for supporting the operations of NatureServeâ€™s vibrant, ~40 person Conservation Science Division. The position has extensive latitude for initiative in supporting project management, communications, development, budgeting, and financial management systems. In effect, the position serves as a bridge between NatureServeâ€™s Conservation Science Division â€“ who are highly decentralized with staff in Arlington VA, Boston MA, Boulder CO, Durham NC, Minneapolis MN, San Jose Costa Rica, and Santiago Chile, among other places â€“ and the organizationâ€™s Operations team in the Arlington VA headquarters. Budget and financial management skills and diligence are important qualifications for the job, a passion for nature conservation equally so.
â€¢ Tracking Science budgets to prevent cost overruns and monitor progress.
â€¢ Prepare and balance discretionary centers for the Conservation Science Division.
â€¢ Monitor budget variance to help ensure that it does not diverge by >5% of total value across the division.
â€¢ Maintain communication with division Project Managers.
â€¢ Help project managers with government contract/grants as needed, including submission, budget development, signing, determining deliverables, monitoring spending, and facilitating billing.
â€¢ Support project completion in a timely fashion and help ensure that the project managers have the tools (i.e. signed contracts, appropriate staffing, office space, etc.) they need to complete projects.
â€¢ Keep Science staff and Regional staff up-to-date concerning Operations changes.
â€¢ Request agenda items for, set up, take minutes of, and participate in regular meetings with the science leadership team to provide updates, news, and resolve divisional issues.
â€¢ Provide updates to the project managers on operations, accounting, and other issues.
â€¢ Provide training and ongoing support to Science Division staff in organizational accounting software when necessary.
â€¢ Represent Science Division in Executive Team if necessary.
â€¢ Provide organizational support to Science Advisory Panel, as necessary (e.g., support in convening meetings and conference calls).
â€¢ Liaison with Operations Division
â€¢ Support the recruitment process for new Science Division Hires.
â€¢ Be involved in development of Science Division policies and strategic direction.
Proposal development support
â€¢ Support Science staff in developing/researching new funding mechanisms.
â€¢ Add commonly needed proposal materials on the Project Management SharePoint site.
â€¢ Assist staff in preparing and submitting paperwork, especially budgets, for new grants and agreements.
Budgeting and Forecasting
â€¢ Ensure that 90% of all Science proposals are based on the NatureServe budget template.
â€¢ Support Conservation Science staff to create annual budget and revisions for the division; also facilitate development of departmental budgets.
â€¢ Work with Operations to create periodic project- expense forecast and help project managers to manage forecast
â€¢ Have decision-making authority related to budget development and other operation matters
â€¢ Undertake financial planning for the Conservation Science Division including various financial analyses to support organization-wide business planning.
Support financial management systems
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â€¢ Continuing to adapt policies and procedures to the new systems where necessary.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
â€¢ Bachelorâ€™s Degree in accounting, finance, management, or related field and five years of relevant work experience, or Masterâ€™s Degree and two years of relevant experience.
â€¢ Demonstrated skills in project management including, proposal and budget preparation, negotiating terms, workload allocation and financial monitoring.
â€¢ Record of setting and meeting productive work goals and deadlines, and ability to complete projects requiring exacting attention to detail.
â€¢ Ability to work under a variety of situations, including a) independently and b) cooperatively in tightly- and loosely-integrated teams. Ability to maintain cooperation from individuals over whom you have no management authority.
â€¢ Ability to communicate well in person and in writing to a wide variety of cooperators and partners, including Natural Heritage Programs, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. federal agencies, academic researchers and other non-profit organizations.
â€¢ Ability to conduct training sessions on operations-related topics.
â€¢ HR experience including recruiting and compensation practices. Experience with facilities management and working effectively with decentralized staff.
â€¢ Working knowledge of general accounting and budgeting procedures.
â€¢ Three years experience in non-profit operations, including financial management.
â€¢ Experience with U.S. federal government contract rules and regulations, particularly OMB Circulars A-110 and A-122.
â€¢ Proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
â€¢ Demonstrated knowledge of Project Forecasting.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
â€¢ Ability to travel independently within NatureServe and the conservation community to attend meetings with partners and the public.
â€¢ Ability to converse verbally and in writing with others regarding organizational goals and needs.
â€¢ Ability to use organizational technology and multi-phone systems.
â€¢ Ability to lift a minimum of 10lbs.