Alaska Senior Program Manager / Wild Salmon Center / Portland, OR
Wild Salmon Center/Portland, OR (Anchorage, Alaska)
Alaska Senior Program Manager
Reports to: To be determined based on ultimate program scope
Location: Anchorage preferred, but an alternative Alaska location is negotiable
The mission of Wild Salmon Center (WSC) is to identify, understand and protect the best wild salmon ecosystems of the Pacific Rim. We devise and implement practical strategies, based on the best science, to protect forever these extraordinary places and their biodiversity.
Wild Salmon Center is an international organization with a staff of 33. The Organization has programmatic activities in the Russian Far East, Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Japan, the Olympic Peninsula, and the Oregon North Coast. The home office is located in Portland, Oregon in the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center.
This is a unique opportunity to build a conservation program from the ground up in Alaska, where the Wild Salmon Center seeks to expand its work by establishing its physical presence with local staffing and collaborative work on the ground. The Senior Manager of the Alaska Program is responsible for the development, day-to-day leadership and management of the Organization’s programs in Alaska, including close coordination with WSC policy initiatives related to the health, abundance and diversity of Pacific wild salmon and the important fisheries they support. The position will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of a multi-year conservation program for the state that entails fisheries management and habitat conservation components, working in close cooperation with federal, state, tribal and NGO partners.
The ideal candidate will be a bright conservation professional with a demonstrated record of accomplishment influencing state or federal natural resource polices and experience in Alaska, preferably working on salmon fisheries conservation and management issues. S/he will be mission-driven, possess natural partnership building and communication skills, and have the ability to negotiate, influence, and collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders. Relevant experience working successfully on fisheries management and landscape-scale conservation initiatives regarding salmon or related fisheries issues is strongly preferred, including bi-partisan policy and legislative advocacy.
â€¢ Helps create the vision and leads design and implementation of WSC’s programs in Alaska, ensuring their alignment with overall organizational strategy and vision.
â€¢ Builds and oversees strategic relationships and partnerships with commercial fishing industry, NGOs, and key state and federal government leaders.
â€¢ Actively integrates and coordinates Alaska program activities and planning with other WSC programs.
â€¢ In collaboration with the Development team, leads fundraising activities for Alaska program and develops positive foundation, corporate, governmental, and individual donor relationships.
â€¢ Manages development and implementation of program work plan and budget; establishes and monitors performance measures for Alaskan programs and projects; provides regular updates to senior management, major donors and the Board.
â€¢ Manages and performs annual performance evaluations of additional Alaska program staff as program grows.
â€¢ Five or more years of professional experience in salmon conservation or related field; advanced degree in conservation or natural resource management may substitute for some experience.
â€¢ Conversant with complex salmon science concepts and a good understanding of Alaska fisheries management.
â€¢ Successful development and implementation of environmental conservation (or similar) programs.
â€¢ Experience working (and preferably living) in Alaska â€“ familiarity with Alaskan stakeholders.
â€¢ Successful record of addressing natural resource issues with government, conservation organizations and private sector stakeholders.
â€¢ Excellent written and verbal communications skills; effective, diplomatic and friendly communication style.
â€¢ Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to negotiate, influence, and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders within the natural resource conservation and management community.
â€¢ Superb personnel and administrative management skills, including goal and priority setting, staff supervision and motivation, project management, budgeting and resource allocation.
â€¢ Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with competing demands while ensuring high quality and timely work.
â€¢ Ability and willingness to travel extensively (30%+ of time) within Alaska and to WSC’s Portland headquarters.
Hours of Work:
This is a full-time regular position that is exempt from federal Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules.
The compensation package includes a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits including generous vacation, retirement plan match, medical and dental plan, flexible medical and dependent care spending accounts, life insurance and disability coverage. The salary offered will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Please send cover letter and resume, and include â€œAlaska Program â€“ Senior Managerâ€ in the subject line.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Note: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.
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