Colorado River Delta Coordinator
La Paz, Baja California Sur, México
The Colorado River Delta Coordinator coordinates all aspects of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) work in the Colorado River Delta. S/he will provide programmatic support, strategic guidance and coordinate the implementation of projects in the Colorado River Delta in close coordination with TNC’s Colorado River Program, TNC Arizona, and TNC’s Gulf of California Program. The Colorado River Delta Coordinator will be a position within the Mexico and Northern Central America (MNCA) Oceans Team and will report to the Oceans Director. The base location for the position will be in Mexicali, Baja California (preferred) or in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
The Colorado River Delta Coordinator oversees priority projects in the Colorado River Delta, and will serve as the principle contact for TNC in the area. S/he positions the Conservancy as a major conservation partner, defines conservation priorities, coordinates with internal and external partners, and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. S/he widely communicates solutions and best practices, and engages support within the Conservancy and the conservation community. The Colorado River Delta Coordinator develops key partnerships with conservation organizations, as well as with the public and private sector, supporting the negotiation of complex and innovative solutions to restore water flows to the Colorado River Delta.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Coordinates the Conservancy’s Colorado River Delta work by collaborating closely with the TNC programs working in the Delta, organizes and facilitates monthly team calls, arranges annual team meetings, develops and tracks annual work plan.
Oversees the Las Arenitas wetland project including hiring and supervising contractor(s) and ensures implementation of TNC and Sonoran Institute’s Joint Strategic Plan in the Colorado River Delta.
Serves as point person for the Conservancy’s Colorado River Delta work.
Coordinates with TNC colleagues across the organization and helps draw on relevant expertise and support.
Gains cooperation from outside parties to accomplish strategy goals.
Supports with fundraising efforts, including writing and editing proposals, reports, and developing fundraising and marketing materials, as well as with fundraising trips to the area.
Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
BA/BS, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience negotiating complex agreements.
Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
Experience in training and curriculum design.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:
Demonstrated experience in partnership development with government, conservation NGOs, private sector, and academia including abilities to manage complex partnerships.
Experience with strategic planning.
Conflict resolution skills.
Management of matrix teams.
Understanding of relevant Northwest Mexico contextual issues (e.g. local, state and federal government dynamics, coastal wetlands, US-Mexico bilateral water negotiations), with relevant work experience in the region.
Knowledge of current trends and practices of water issues and water transactions.
Politically savvy and experienced in influencing, developing and implementing wetland conservation policies and plans.
Strong skills and knowledge in the following areas: project management, alliance building, and communications.
Ability to explain conservation work to technical and non-technical audiences.
Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in Spanish and English.