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Hawai‘i Marine Grants Lead

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
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Hawaii, USA
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Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

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The Hawai`i Marine Grants Lead will work as part of the Marine Program in The Nature Conservancy’s Hawai‘i and Palmyra Chapter to provide high-quality writing of grant proposals and reports as well as a range of grant management functions to ensure successful financial and conservation outcomes.  This position is not a part of TNC’s Grants Service Network.


The Hawai`i Marine Grants Lead (GL) will promote strategic conservation priorities by identifying public grant opportunities and leading the writing, editing, routing and tracking of grant proposals and reports for the Marine Program.  The GL will work closely with the Grants Specialist (on public grants) and the Philanthropy team (on private grants) to ensure that all necessary processes and best practices have been followed and all needed approvals, documents and budget information are ready for submittal. They will explore public grant opportunities for and with their team and will work closely with staff to ensure that the terms and conditions of all grant agreements are met and properly documented. They will maintain organized records and develop, track, and report on grants and budgets. They will use their knowledge of the Conservancy’s systems and resources to provide programmatic support and coordination to help their team secure and manage funding. They will complete activities with multiple variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timelines for themself and other Marine program staff. They will work collaboratively in multiple teams, serve as a resource to Marine staff in decision-making and problem-solving, and will adapt and implement best practices to improve process effectiveness and workflow. They may perform analysis and research related to grants and conservation activities. The GL will work collaboratively and communicate with colleagues in various programs and roles, including Conservation, Philanthropy, Marketing & Communications, Finance, Grants, and Operations, as well as with public funders, government agencies, vendors, and partner organizations. They will communicate directly with public agency grant officers, as needed, to clarify financial and administrative requirements of public grant agreements. The Hawai‘i Marine Grants Lead will report to the Marine Program Manager who oversees grants and financial management for the Hawai‘i Marine Program.


  • Write and edit grant proposals and reports.
  • Develop and manage clear and reasonable timelines for multi-disciplinary teams and coordinate the preparation and routing of proposals and reports on behalf of the Marine team.
  • Work with the Grants Specialist, Conservation and Science staff, and Philanthropy team to ensure timely submittal of budgets, proposals and reports, including all required routing and approvals for conservation portion of the processes.
  • Provide support and guidance to team members to satisfy requirements for grants and administrative processes based on extensive knowledge of internal and external policies and procedures.
  • Research potential public funding opportunities and maintain organized files and tracking systems for both public and private past, current, and pending grants.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Act independently within broad program goals to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems.
  • Build trust and cultivate relationships and collaboration among multi-disciplinary project teams to reach shared goals and ensure sustainable funding for conservation priorities.
  • Ensure compliance with Conservancy policies and procedures, and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements as decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
  • Financial responsibilities include development of budgets for grant proposals and supporting award managers in tracking and managing spending on grants.
  • Manage projects with several variables – set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, communicate respectfully, and ensure accountability.
  • May participate in complex negotiations.
  • May provide input for development and implementation of new initiatives or improvement of existing programs and processes.
  • Travel and work flexible hours, as needed.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.
  • Excellent writer with at least three years of demonstrated experience successfully writing, securing, and managing
  • multiple large grants.
  • Experience generating complex grant reports that include conservation and/or technical data.
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple complex projects and coordinating the work of several
  • cross-functional teams simultaneously.
  • Ability to communicate with and coordinate teams effectively to manage multiple projects and tight deadlines simultaneously.
  • Experience developing grant budgets with a team.
  • Strong organizational skills, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


  • Experience writing and securing grants to support environmental conservation issues and approaches in Hawai‘i and/or the Pacific.
  • Experience successfully writing, securing, and managing multiple grants and budgets valued at $50,000 or higher.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences.
  • Familiarity with environmental, social, cultural, economic, and political conditions and issues in Hawaiʻi, including Hawaiian systems, practices, knowledge, and values that guide marine resource management.
  • Ability to implement complex processes and use existing technology to achieve desired results.
  • Excellent team player with experience working in and leading multi-disciplinary groups.
  • Ability to build strong relationships and motivate colleagues to work collaboratively.
  • Experience interpreting guidelines to achieve desired results.
  • Knowledge of current trends in marine conservation, grants and finance, project management, and other fields related to this position.
  • Successful experience implementing strategic program goals.


To apply for job ID 51111, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on March 28, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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