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23 Oct 2017

Full-Time Program Manager, Maui

CORAL REEF ALLIANCE – Posted by Lahaina, Hawaii, United States


Job Description

CORAL is seeking an exceptional and resourceful leader to join our team on the Island of Maui as Program Manager. The ideal candidate is a highly organized systems thinker who has the ability to unite a diverse suite of stakeholders to save coral reefs. This role is vital to ensuring successful execution of conservation strategies on Maui Island. The Maui Program Manager will work closely with the Associate Program Director, who is based in Oakland, California. The Maui Program Manager has four primary focal areas: managing and monitoring programmatic activities; strategy development and program design; developing partnerships to execute our strategies; and grant and report writing. This position is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team working on cutting edge conservation strategies that will create lasting benefits for coral reefs in Hawaiʻi and across the globe.



Manage and monitor programmatic activities:

  • Provide guidance and direction to program staff and external partners to implement CORAL’s program strategy, serve as liaison between Maui field staff and HQ, and supervise contractors
  • Lead day-to-day management of projects, ensuring that program objectives and project deliverables are completed on-time and within budget
  • Measure the effectiveness of activities and use this information to identify opportunities to continuously improve execution of our projects and increase our impact
  • Provide guidance and direction to program field staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Assist in the development of program and project budgets


Develop strategy and design programs:

  • In collaboration with the Associate Program Director:
    • Develop strategies to achieve CORAL’s vision while maximizing synergy among partners and program areas
    • Design program activities to maximize impact and measure results in a way that enables CORAL to learn from its experiences and improve upon our approach


Build partnerships:

  • Develop and maintain partnerships and strategic alliances with community groups, government agencies, local and international NGOs and other partners to enable execution of CORAL’s conservation initiatives
  • Identify outreach and educational opportunities that can help CORAL to achieve our programmatic goals and evaluate which opportunities to invest in
  • As appropriate, coordinate and participate in outreach events that advance program objectives

Write proposals, educational resources and reports:

  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities and the development of funding proposals
  • Lead the development of specific resources for advancing conservation objectives, including reports, internal programmatic updates and other communications products or outreach materials in collaboration with CORAL’s communications team.

The Program Manager will also assist in administrative functions as needed.



The minimum required qualifications at least five years of experience in conservation or resource management, demonstrated success leading community organizing around conservation or resource management issues, and a BA/BS degree in social, biological or physical science. A graduate degree is preferred. Background in stream restoration techniques, low impact design and traditional Hawaiian agriculture is also preferred. Additionally, the program manager must have:

  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills, including developing and maintaining project plans, and proven capacity to accomplish complex assignments requiring cross-organizational cooperation
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize information to formulate strategy. Expertise in using systems and design thinking approaches to solving problems is strongly preferred
  • Fast learner with proven ability to incorporate new information to improve strategy and solve problems
  • Resourcefulness and ability to work proactively; ability to complete tasks independently, efficiently, and in a timely manner; and the ability to work effectively with a remote team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with individuals from a variety of disciplines, cultures and backgrounds
  • Flexibility and willingness to work in situations of flux; ability to work in a fast turn-around environment
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to take ownership for wide-ranging responsibilities while exhibiting the utmost professionalism and discretion
  • Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job
  • Budget and financial tracking experience
  • Experience living and working in the Main Hawaiian Islands is strongly preferred
  • Willingness to work in a home office.
  • Authorization to work for USA employer

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY To apply for this position, please submit in one document to with Maui Program Manager in the email subject line:
  1. A cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position (with salary requirements)
  2. Resume
  3. A writing sample that you wrote within the past two years. This can be a report, grant proposal or article. If you don’t have a current writing sample, please write a brief (1-page) description of the current challenges facing Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs and your ideas on how you would approach uniting 1-2 stakeholder groups to save these reefs.
  4. A brief description of how you would structure and prioritize your first 3 months at CORAL. Assume you are about to launch a multi-year, project that involves 3 CORAL staff who are dedicated to the project, collaboration with various additional CORAL staff on small components of the project, and collaboration with 5 external organizations. The 5 external organizations will each complete a different component and will be engaged at different stages of the project.
Please do not spend more than 1 hour on this activity.  Provide text or spreadsheets based upon what you think would be helpful. Feel free to highlight questions you would ask to develop an effective plan.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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