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External Affairs Manager

Reports to

The External Affairs Manager reports directly to the Director of Engagement and Outreach and coordinates closely with members of the Policy department, and other Foundation staff.

Type of Job

This is a full-time exempt, regional position, based in the region of Southwest Florida/Naples.

Published Date

February 14, 2024 at 6:00:00 PM

About the position

Position Summary:

The External Affairs Manager role is a full-time position that will manage the day-to-day operational activities of the Policy and Engagement team and will regularly interface with local, regional, and national stakeholders and constituencies. The External Affairs Manager will oversee a wide range of activities, including managing and coordinating coalition efforts and building relationships and partnerships to advance the goals and progress of the team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establish and cultivate partnerships with a range of stakeholders to expand existing efforts around local and municipal level government activities including outreach and participation at meetings and events. 

  • Plan and execute strategic long-term efforts around local issues and events. 

  • Attend and present at local and regional meetings and conferencesto promote Evergladesrestoration and expand organizational external networks. 

  • Develop, foster and grow a network of young professionals interested in Everglades restoration. 

  • Plan, coordinate and lead meetings, special events, and tours to increase stakeholder and community engagement. 

  • Manage and coordinate sponsorships, organizational participation, and logistics for conferences, summits, and similar events for the Policy and Engagement team. 

  • Manage and assist with the drafting and development of communication and other materials for the Policy and Engagement team, to include slide decks and presentations, letters, announcements, memorandums, etc. 

  • Manage and maintain constituent and coalition contact and participation information and data. 

  • Participate in the roll out and maintenance of a new CRM database, coordinate team schedules, and track and report on program accomplishments and other activities. 

  • Oversee and manage the grant administration process to include grant timeline, submissions, tracking and reporting. 

  • Assist with special projects as assigned and other duties as assigned.

This job description accurately reflects the External Affairs Manager position as currently configured. However, this job description is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all of the duties an employee in this position may be expected to perform. 

This job description may be changed to include new responsibilities and tasks, or change existing ones, at any time, as the Foundation deems necessary.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: 

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that affords equal protection against discrimination to job applicants and employees. The Foundation seeks to ensure that qualified applicants will have an equal opportunity with respect to all employment practoces regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a victim of domestic or dating violence, source of income, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion. 

  • Ability to proactively solve problems and think analytically. 

  • Ability to thrive in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment. 

  • Ability to be flexible and work under deadlines and time constraints. 

  • Ability to proactively solve problems and think analytically. 

  • An optimistic outlook and enthusiastic attitude. 

  • Passion and enthusiasm for the Everglades and/or the environment a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution required. 

  • Advance degree preferred. 

  • Minimum of two years of experience in a related field. 

  • Experience working in non-profit, local, state, or federal government preferred. 

  • Public speaking training and/or experience desired. 

  • Proficiency in computer programs and software, such as Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Teams), Zoom, and Internet use and research.

Mental and Physical Qualifications: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the above minimum qualifications and be able to perform each of the essential duties and responsibilities satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the physical and mental requirements of the job. Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job. 

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time. 

  • Ability to concentrate and analyze information. 

  • Ability to proactively solve problems and think analytically. 

  • Ability to make sound, prompt decisions. 

  • Manual hand dexterity required to operate IT devices and complete paperwork.


$55,000 to $65,000 commensurate with experience.

About us

Since 1993, The Everglades Foundation’s commitment to restore and protect the Everglades has been driven by science. Founded by two outdoor enthusiasts — the late George Barley and Paul Tudor Jones II — The EvergladesFoundation works tirelessly to bring people together and provide a powerful voice for Everglades restoration at the state and national levels. Today, The Everglades Foundation stands as a well-respected authoritative source for scientific research on the Everglades. Our renowned scientists are passionate seekers of the truth, dedicated to unearthing the facts and conducting practical analysis to help local, state, and national leaders make well-informed decisions. By coupling sound science with policy expertise, the Foundation is positioned as one of the most influential players in the fight to preserve and restore one of the world’s most unique wetlands.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a responsible employer that seeks to recruit and retain outstanding, high-performing professionals who are at the top of their fields to thrive in a dynamic, mission-driven culture committed to excellence, innovation, collaboration, and diversity. The Foundation offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package including twelve paid Federal holidays; ample Paid Time Off; a variety of health, dental, vision, life, disability, and supplemental insurance options; retirement plan and matching employer contributions; and maternity and parental leave.


Southwest Florida

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