Senior Program Officer, Bezos Earth Fund - 22042

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 1 month ago(9/21/2021 9:46 PM)
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Senior Program Officer (SPO), Bezos Earth Fund to support project management, planning, coordination, communication, and aid in the implementation of all programs supported by the Bezos Earth Fund $100 million gift to WWF. Under the direction of the Senior Director, Climate Communications and working closely with the Senior Vice President, Climate Change, and Deputy Director, Foundation Relations, the project manager is responsible for developing tools, workflows and processes that enable WWF’s programmatic teams to deliver on grant objectives -- including developing systems to monitor progress, keeping stakeholders informed, supporting reporting and communications. This position can be based within the US in a remote location. This is a limited-term position funded for four years.



  • Develops and maintains processes and systems to track WWF’s progress on grant milestones, budget, leverage, and communications – including detailed project schedule and workplans.
  • Works with project personnel, other goal team staff, and consultants as needed to facilitate coordination, communication, and regular reporting for current projects -- for both internal and external audiences. Prepares and/or finalizes scopes of work and administrative information for contracts and reporting and to ensure compliance with donor requirements.
  • Liaise with Program Operation to review and design reports on grant spending, budgets allocation, and contract updates for internal and external audiences.
  • Regularly provides project updates to various internal and external stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress, including at meetings, workshops, and conferences. Facilitates programmatic meetings to help advance grant implementation.
  • Supports WWF’s communications team in strategy development and implementation, compiling assets for use on WWF’s channels, and donor reporting; also facilitates review of WWF mentions in external communications.
  • Interacts daily with other program staff and departments (including WWF-International and Network) to advise and coordinate project activities or to obtain and disseminate information.
  • Interacts regularly with representatives of WWF-International, other WWF offices and associate organizations, and consultants as appropriate. Communicates with representatives of conservation organizations, universities, NGOs, corporations, and/or government agencies.


  • Bachelor's degree and 6 to 8 years professional experience or 3 to 5 years with an advanced degree in project management, conservation and/or comparable relevant experience
  • Experience managing complex teams and projects on a deadline is required, as is experience with project management tools and software that enable disparate teams to meet deadlines and track progress, strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of conservation and/or international development issues is preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, including effective public speaking and the ability to communicate complex issues both verbally and in written form  
  • Ability to set priorities, manage a multitude of details simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and work effectively solo and in a matrixed team environment  
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and other project management tools (AirTable)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills requiring knowing when to use courtesy, tact and/or diplomacy to effectively communicate with all constituents  
  • Comfort with complex budgets and logical frameworks
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams. 
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration: 
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular. 
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable. 
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement. 
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals. 


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #22042
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.


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