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Manager, Coastal Projects and Programs, Mississippi River Delta Washington, DC or New Orleans, Louisiana

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Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign is a bold and collaborative effort of the Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation with the vision “reconnect the Mississippi River to its delta to protect people, wildlife and jobs.” This multi-faceted program deals with many challenges associated with restoring coastal wetlands on a working coast and aims to restore natural system processes to create sustainable communities with improved infrastructure and robust economies. A key part of the MRD work is advancing new thinking in the restoration and resilience of coastal Louisiana by finding answers to key science and engineering challenges.

Overall Function
The Manager, Coastal Projects and Programs, is a member of the Restore the Mississippi River Delta team, and plays a significant role in the development and execution of coalition efforts. The Manager, Coastal Projects and Programs, will serve as the Chair of the Projects & Programs Committee and a lead on the Sediment Diversion Task Force to guide the work of project staff from multiple organizations, as well as coordinate and work across multiple committees. This position is responsible for leading research and analysis to prioritize projects, monitor progress of priority coastal restoration projects in Louisiana and build public support to meet expected milestones in project implementation. The Manager, Coastal Projects and Programs, will identify challenges and barriers in project implementation and develop strategies and solutions to overcome. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a transformational, multi-faceted advocacy campaign on a complex environmental issue, and to gain knowledge of current issues that are being face by coastal Louisiana and its people.

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