Senior Manager, International Programs

This position, and the NWF International Program, focus on deforestation and conversion of vulnerable habitats around the world, which drive both the climate and biodiversity crises. We are concentrating on commodities causing the most environmental harm, which are often traded or financed by US companies or exported to the US or Europe. Working with partners globally we support responsible, commodity supply chains and effective global commitments like the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Through these international efforts, NWF is able to foster private sector supply chain transparency and document results that help meet the goals of helping conserve wildlife and facilitating durable climate solutions.

The Senior Manager, for Tropical Forests and Agriculture works with our team to help manage and administer the development and execution of projects that aim to eliminate tropical deforestation, habitat loss, and human rights abuses associated with the production and trading of key agricultural commodities in South America. The Senior Manager will collaborate closely with the Senior Director, Grants Manager and other team staff to execute the projects and, in addition, manage and coordinate the work of partners and contractors in the US and in South America.

Principle Duties (major areas of responsibility):

-Collaborate to manage successful planning, development and execution of restricted revenue grants as determined by the Senior Director and Vice President. .
-Conduct data analysis and research for reports and presentations. Write short reports, develop presentations, and other written materials to support grant objectives. This includes producing explainers for sustainability professionals working in multinational companies around the world, policy briefs for government policymakers and factsheets for consumers. Research includes analyzing and visualizing quantitative data, and searching the gray and peer-reviewed literature to produce well-cited materials.
-Work together with NWF staff, partner organizations, scientists, researchers, technicians, policy experts and others to secure support for multi-stakeholder efforts that help to reduce deforestation and habitat loss associated with major agricultural supply chains originating from Brazil and Paraguay.
-Plan, coordinate and help lead the engagement with multi-stakeholder groups, companies, and influential decision makers to help advance corporate deforestation commitments and their implementation. This will include coordinating the uptake of monitoring systems, traceability tools, reporting and verification protocols, and incentives for rural producers.
-Support the Senior Director to manage the strategy, implementation and tracking of NWF’s grant deliverables with regard to the relationships with representatives from government, meatpacking companies, producer associations, NGO partners and others, as appropriate.
-Represent NWF in external meetings and events, including the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), and other platforms and events
-Collaborate with team leadership to produce the required financial and progress reports and troubleshoot problems.
-Serve as a primary point of contact for our US, Brazilian and Paraguayan project team partner organizations, sub-grantees, and contractors to ensure grant goals are met on time and that work is prioritized accordingly.
-Collaborate with Grant Manager to assure financial information is tracked with NWF’s operations, legal, contracts, and finance departments to ensure timely coordination for financial reporting.
-Participate as a thought-leader internally and externally, and support the Senior Director and Vice President with strategic decision-making processes with the team, including review and updating of the theory of change, as appropriate.
-Speak to international audiences about indirect supplier traceability, challenges and concerns of meatpackers, and key international initiatives related to cattle deforestation (EU and US regulations, SBTi, Finance and other Demand-side efforts) – continually seek out informative materials and be motivated to grow professional skills, with the support and direction of the Senior Director.
-Responsible for management and performing or overseeing the completion of various additional administrative and operational activities required to ensure the success of grant funded projects. These tasks may include, but are not limited to, organizing calls and meetings, taking and disseminating notes, tracking workflows, maintaining organized files and contacts, updating calendar appointments, managing online subscriptions, coordinating travel and logistics, submitting expense reports, and other tasks as necessary and appropriate.


-At least 5-7 years of relevant experience, including on international projects or overseas.
-Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Requires complete fluency in English.
-Highly desirable: professional proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese and experience working in Brazil and/or Paraguay.
-Experience managing large grants, managing expense reporting and/or budgets.
-Must have familiarity with the drivers of deforestation, commodity agriculture and trade, supply chain governance, government policy and/or corporate social responsibility.
-Experience planning and executing events of various types and levels of complexity, from small meetings to larger panels and conferences
-Collaborative approach and excellent interpersonal skills to work with a closely aligned team in various time zones and locales.
-Attention to detail is required as is timeliness and a commitment to excellence in all areas of work.
-Must be able to work independently, take initiative, prioritize and meet deadlines.
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel and Powerpoint)

NWF Values:

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:

-Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
-Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
-Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
-Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them;
-Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
-Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission

Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.

Travel Requirements:

Applicants must be able to travel internationally and domestically, travel is expected at least 3 times per year and may last as long as two weeks at a time.

Location and Work Mode:

This position will be based in Washington, DC, though The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work full time in the NWF DC office or, if arrangements can be made, in one of the other NWF offices (there are 7 across the country), or hybrid, or fully remote. This will be decided jointly with the supervisor in the final stages of the interview process. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers 

Physical Requirements of the Job:

Applicants must be able to travel internationally and have a valid driver license and passport. Applicants must be comfortable with and have the ability to travel in Spanish speaking and/or Portuguese speaking countries (and/or other non-English speaking countries).

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$85,000 commensurate with experience.

We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits, and by Forbes as one of America’s best small employers! We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling. We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting. We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.

We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health: 

-Paid time off: Vacation that starts off at three weeks accrual based on a full-time schedule, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), and 11 holidays
-We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
-Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
-Low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
-Therapist available at no cost
-Pet insurance and discount perk program
-Annual wellbeing allowance

In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:

-Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
-Annual year end retirement contribution
-Tuition Reimbursement
-Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
-Pet adoption stipend
-Student Loan management

Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.

For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers 

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at hrhelp@nwf.org or 703-438-6244.

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

Roles & Responsibilities

Type of Work:
Washington DC; Remote

How to Apply