New England Aquarium
  • Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life NEAq
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time Regular

New England Aquarium seeks a Program Officer to provide strategic and operational support to The Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) and, under the leadership of the MCAF Chair, to deliver the strategic global ocean conservation objectives and 5-year growth plan for the program.

Launched in 1999, the Marine Conservation Action Fund is a global micro-granting and fellowship program that provides financial, technical, and professional resources and mentoring to support the long-term impact of local ocean conservation leaders in low and middle-income countries.

New England Aquarium has implemented comprehensive safety protocols for employees and visitors to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. In addition, the Aquarium requires all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved.


This is a full-time regular position offering a comprehensive benefits package. The position is fully remote with ongoing access to and periodic meetings/events at the NEAq in Boston. The schedule will be Monday-Friday.

**Only applicants with a primary residence in MA, NH, VT, or ME will be considered.


  1. Provides key input on the development and adaptation of program strategy and direction based on knowledge of best practices, the analysis and synthesis of program outcomes and impact data, and feedback from key stakeholders, including MCAF grantees and fellows.
  2. Builds and manages relationships with MCAF applicants, grantees, fellows, staff, collaborators, and other internal/external stakeholders through clear and responsive communication.
  3. Manages effort to ensure program updates, outcomes, strategies, goals and other key information are communicated in a clear and professional manner to MCAF stakeholders through both written communication and presentations.
  4. In collaboration with Aquarium Marketing and Communications team, manages effort to create and curate content for social media, blogs, and newsletters to promote and elevate the mission and impact of the MCAF Program and the work of MCAF Fellows and Grantees.
  5. Manages grant proposal review process including assisting with proposal vetting, communicating with expert reviewers, and serving as a liaison between reviewers and applicants.
  6. In collaboration with MCAF Program Chair, helps coordinate biennial, multi-step process for selecting and inducting new MCAF Fellows.
  7. Serves as project coordinator for MCAF virtual and in-person convenings and initiatives including assisting with event planning and execution, and logistics management.
  8. Assists with the writing of proposals and reports to MCAF funders and manages the development of budgets for funding proposals.
  9. Leads effort to collect, track and compile data needed to monitor, evaluate and report on MCAF reach and impact.
  10. Represents MCAF in various internal and external programs and initiatives including conferences, stakeholder meetings, committees, communities of practice, and other relevant forums.
  11. In coordination with the Sr. Grants Accountant/ACCOL, assists with tracking financial and grant reporting for MCAF and development of program budget
  12. Leads recruitment and supervision of interns for MCAF, as needed, and in coordination with the Intern and Volunteer Office.
  13. Serves as liaison with Administrative Team on MCAF-related contracts, warrants, payments, and expense allocations on various projects.
  14. Performs other position-related duties, as assigned.


Minimum Training and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree preferably in an environmental field
  • Minimum of 5 years of job-related experience at an environmental non-profit organization or at an international philanthropic organization focused on the environmental or social sector
  • Demonstrated success in drafting written correspondence with key stakeholders, blogs and social media posts, and informative communications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse collaborators and stakeholders from a range of countries, cultures, and backgrounds
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a growth mindset.
  • Personable, warm, and welcoming with a positive demeanor.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Ability to work independently in a remote setting and as part of a small, collaborative team and across institutional teams.
  • Proven project management skills including planning and budgeting.
  • Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks with ease, organizing and implementing simultaneous projects;
  • Proven conference or event planning skills.
  • Understanding of global marine or environmental issues.
  • Highly proficient in administrative functions such as project tracking, computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), meeting scheduling, and correspondence.
  • Capacity to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive financial and other information.

Preferred qualifications

  • A passion for working with ocean conservation leaders from across the globe.
  • Experience working with international programs or projects.
  • Spanish fluency is a plus.

A cover letter is required and writing samples will be requested during the interview process.

For more information and to apply online please visit:

New England Aquarium is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.

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