Senior Manager of Coastal Resilience, National Wildlife Federation

Posted by: Jen Mihills
Post Date: 3/25/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: National Wildlife Federation
Position/Title/Fund: Senior Manager, Coastal Resilience
Type/Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Remote or hybrid from Mid-Atlantic States
Salary: $72,000 - $85,000
Deadline: Open until filled

The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Senior Manager to lead and expand its Coastal Resilience Program across the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Senior Manager will work to advance the practical application of natural and nature-based infrastructure to help protect wildlife, natural systems, ecosystem services and human communities from coastal impacts that are being exacerbated by climate change. The position will report to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Executive Director and will collaborate with regional and national colleagues, NWF affiliates, and partner organizations/agencies.


  • Provide strategic direction to accelerate the application of nature-based coastal infrastructure to help people and wildlife adjust to and cope with current and projected climate impacts;
  • Build authentic partnerships across the Mid-Atlantic region to ensure community needs are centered in resilience planning, project design and implementation;
  • Lead efforts, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Philanthropy, to identify and secure foundation and government funding opportunities to advance the program and work with partners to effectively and efficiently meet grant deliverables;
  • Manage on-the-ground, multi-partner natural infrastructure projects, including but not limited to: living shorelines, dune nourishment, oyster reefs, and coastal habitat restoration projects;
  • Provide strategic input to state, local, and federal coastal resource managers, affiliates and other partners and represent NWF on relevant advisory committees and working groups;
  • Identify state, local, and federal policies that impede natural and nature-based coastal resilience actions, and work with the broader NWF team to achieve strategic policy reforms;
  • Plan and organize events, including expert panels, workshops, and conferences;
  • Prepare reports and other written products, and disseminate key findings to professional and general audiences;
  • Contribute to national efforts to achieve NWF’s coastal resilience goals and strategies;
  • Oversee contractors and fellows/interns as needed. Pending program growth and resources, may assume future staff supervisory roles.


  • Approximately 6-8 years of relevant experience, with a working knowledge of natural and nature-based infrastructure, coastal management issues, environmental justice, and conservation. (An advanced degree in environmental policy or science, natural resources, environmental justice, engineering, or relevant fields can count towards experience)
  • Competency in securing and managing consistent foundation and government grant funding
  • Capacity to strategically conceive and execute programs with clear objectives, benchmarks, and deliverables in accordance with deadlines; demonstrable project management experience
  • Robust written and oral communications skills, including strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • Able to work independently and cooperatively; ability to accomplish projects with little supervision
  • Effective problem-solving skills and ability to meet unanticipated needs

Strong candidates for this position will have demonstrated proficiency in developing and managing strategic partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders. Candidates must be able to manage multiple projects, work well with others, take initiative, and contribute to a culture of quality, innovation, and passion. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, self-starter with a positive attitude.


This position is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center team which has physical offices in Annapolis, MD. The location of this position is flexible within the region, with a preference for proximity to Annapolis, MD, Wilmington, DE or Philadelphia, PA. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in the office, in a hybrid manner, or completely remotely, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.

How to Apply:

Apply online. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.