Great Lakes Conservation Information Strategy Manager

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POST DATE 9/12/2016
END DATE 10/18/2016

DiversityWorking MI

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OFFICE LOCATIONLansing, Michigan (MI) or Chicago, Illinois (IL)MI201WORK WITH USThe Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.POSITION SUMMARYThe Great Lakes Conservation Information Strategy Manager provides technical and scientific support for conservation initiatives in collaborative adaptive management and information management and delivery to effectively manage key conservation issues. May also contribute to developing measures of conservation success (MOS).ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSThe Nature Conservancy's Michigan Chapter is looking to bring on a Conservation Information Strategy Manager to help us manage and build out our new, exciting, online platform to support collaborative adaptive management in the Great Lakes!The Great Lakes Conservation Information Strategy Manager manages and leads the development of Great Lakes Inform ( and the Blue Accounting information management and delivery systems under supervision of the Great Lakes Information Management and Delivery Program Director. S/he leads cross-organizational, cross-functional project teams to establish project goals and success factors. This may include one or more of the following functions:

* Oversee content management, maintenance and information management and delivery system development. Write programmatic materials and make content improvements as needed to support collaborative adaptive management and information management and delivery. Ensure content is managed effectively and reflects the needs of stakeholders.
* Ensure the strategic scope of the information management and delivery systems are maintained.
* Lead prioritization of website improvements, site documentation and management of program information systems.
* Develop project plans, budgets and schedules with input and buy-in from key stakeholders and team members, and leads project teams to successfully achieve those goals in the most cost-effective and time-saving manner possible.
* Monitor and measure project progress, conduct corrective action as necessary, communicate project status information to the Program Director and all stakeholders, perform risk management, issue resolution and conflict management and control project scope and quality.
* Manage relevant contractors and obtain go/no-go decisions at all project decision points from the Program Director, and identify and obtain approval for all project deliverables from the appropriate review teams.
* Develop and run training and user engagement. Run usability tests, coordinate with team members to plan and hold user engagements and create and update on-site training and orientation.
* May conduct scientific surveys and research, record data, write reports and develop proposals in order to administer and coordinate conservation programs.
* Coordinate between sub-projects that may span across multiple Conservancy departments, as well as with Conservancy partners, vendors and volunteers.
* Other functions to support platform and program management.About this project:
The Great Lakes Conservation Information Strategy Manager will be a key team member of The Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Information Management and Delivery Program and the Blue Accounting program. Blue Accounting (BA) is joint initiative of the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) and The Nature Conservancy (the Conservancy) in response to a call to action by the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers to develop a new information strategy to support strategic and collaborative decision-making across the Great Lakes. GLC and the Conservancy are building a program and a suite of information services that enable issue-based collaboration and gather, aggregate and organize information to track progress and support decision-making by Great Lakes practitioners. The GLC's well-established Great Lakes Information Network ( and the Conservancy's innovative Great Lakes Inform ( will allow these two organizations to deliver an information management system for regional leaders. Together, GLC and the Conservancy will provide information management services that complement existing Great Lakes information platforms. These services will support adaptive management programs and basin-wide efforts to protect and harness the value of the Great Lakes for economic and social development.RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
* Delivers tools, data and training to staff and partners.
* Communicates and presents project work to different audiences, ranging from technical experts to community groups.
* Works with program staff to develop projects and prioritization approaches; contributes to proposals and conservation planning.
* May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
* Graduate degree in a related field and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting scientific data.
* Experience preparing reports of findings.
* Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications.
* Attention to detail.
* Ability to meet deadlines.
* Experience working effectively in partnership with public and private entities, as well as leading internal and external project teams.
* Ability to interpret guidelines and evaluate information and adapt accordingly.
* Strong writing, speaking and interpersonal skills.HOW TO APPLYTo apply to position number 44623, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:
59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 26, 2016.Click 'submit' to apply for the position or 'save for later' to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact
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* The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
* Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
* The successful applicant must meet the requirements of
* The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.
* Job Title:

* Great Lakes Conservation Information Strategy Manager
* Location:

* Michigan
* Job ID:

* 44623
* Regular/Temporary:

* Regular
* Full/Part Time:

* Full-Time .