Program Coordinator - Learning and Leadership for Conservation (LLC)
Location: WCS Headquarters in the Bronx, New York
The Wildlife Conservation Society (“WCS”) is a New York not-for-profit corporation founded by statute in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through research, science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. That mission is achieved through our global conservation programs (WCS currently oversees a portfolio of more than 500 conservation projects in 65 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America, and the oceans between them) and through the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks–the Bronx Zoo; the New York Aquarium; and the Central Park, Queens, and Prospect Park Zoos (the City Zoos).
This position supports capacity development initiatives within WCS, and more broadly through external partnerships. The WCS Learning and Leadership for Conservation (LLC) program is a cross-cutting initiative in the Global Conservation Program. LLC focuses on the delivery of several key pathways to develop the next generation of conservation leaders within WCS programs and the wider sector. LLC initiatives support early and mid-career conservationists in developing countries to: achieve scientific excellence through graduate scholarships; build practical experience through project grants and internships; improve skills in relevant areas with a focus on management and leadership; and build networks through peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing.
This position will support WCS’ training and capacity development work, specifically by supporting the global capacity building efforts of the Learning and Leadership for Conservation (LLC) program, including CLP and SMART’s capacity building programmatic activities. The primary objective will be to provide administrative support for the delivery of various in-person and online training and capacity building efforts, support effective community engagement and provide strategic communications.
The position is based in the WCS headquarters within the Bronx Zoo, and reports to the Senior Program Manager, Learning and Leadership for Conservation, in close collaboration with the SMART Partnership Program Manager. The position will coordinate closely with the management teams across both the CLP and SMART partnerships and relevant WCS regional and country programs.
- Administrative support for LLC, CLP and SMART programmatic initiatives
- Support training logistics and event planning (in-person and online) for CLP, SMART and other LLC-funded capacity building trainings
- Support effective online community/network management, including supporting the design and delivery of online and in-person engagement activities
- Support strategic communications for LLC and SMART
- Work collaboratively to support the delivery of the LLC strategy, including expanding professional development and learning exchange opportunities and provide administrative support for LCPF grants and liaise with LCPF grantees;
- Support the setup and management of SMART’s new online learning platform, including coordinating the development, and frequent review of training materials, as well as encouraging the use of training materials by the learning community
- Coordinate logistics for online and in-person training activities for CLP and SMART, including uploading, maintaining, and encouraging the use of online training materials, liaising with facilitators on contracting processes, etc.;
- Manage activities and support effective network engagement within LLC, CLP, and SMART online communities;
- Support preparation and editing reports, brochures, presentations and strategic communications on LLC and SMART efforts for specific external audiences, such as partners, donors, etc., and coordinate and prepare regular communications for internal and external WCS audiences.
- Bachelor's degree in relevant field (life or social sciences, environmental studies, etc.); Master’s degree strongly preferred;
- A passion for nature, and commitment to saving wildlife in wild places; committed to the mission, vision and values of WCS;
- An understanding of and commitment to conservation and global capacity building;
- At least three years of work experience in conservation, capacity building or a related field including strong experience coordinating complex international training events and supporting curriculum development;
- Strong time management skills;
- Strong attention to detail, especially regarding logistics and administrative tasks;
- Excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills;
- Open-minded - can adapt to new approaches and changing priorities
- Self-aware– understands own strengths and areas for growth; asks for support when needed;
- Ability to work well independently and collaboratively on multiple projects simultaneously, with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures and within a dispersed team that includes both WCS and non-WCS staff;
- Cultural competency, interest in and understanding of different cultures;
- Excellent spoken and written English (required); additional language fluency is desirable, particularly in French and Spanish
- Computer proficiency (Microsoft Office, Adobe, Survey Monkey); experience in online learning platforms (Teach:Able, Google Classroom,TalentLMS, etc.) preferred
Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, should apply with a Cover Letter for the Program Coordinator Position and CV together with the names and contact information for three references.