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Current Employment Opportunities with Panthera

Panthera's Background
Unlike any other conservation organization in the world, Panthera’s sole mission is the range-wide conservation of the world’s 38 species of wild cats. We are the largest wild cat conservation organization in the world in terms of global outreach, funding to the field, and staff expertise. Panthera is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2006.

Panthera’s core strategies are grounded in rigorous scientific research, political engagement with heads of state and national land-use agencies, and education and outreach activities for local communities living in areas with big cats. Our large-scale initiatives with tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards currently involve more than 50 countries and span three continents. We not only fund cat conservation initiatives, but act as a conservation think-tank that supports innovative people, programs, and ideas across the conservation spectrum. Much of Panthera's work is based in a spatial context and the Landscape Analysis Lab is central to Panthera's overall goals and day-to-day operations.

Position title:  Director of Communications                                            

Location:  Panthera’s Headquarters, New York, NY                           

Reports to:  Chief Operating Officer

The Organization

Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the most imperiled large cats – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas and leopards. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities and governments around the globe. For more on Panthera, visit

Summary/Position Overview

Panthera seeks a communications leader to build a brand and greatly expanded constituency as the organization enters its second decade in 2016.

The Director of Communications will lead an initial team of six (6) and coordinate Panthera’s overall communications strategy while contributing to the organizational strategic planning process. 

The Director of Communications will develop a world-class communications plan, directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect Panthera’s brand. He/she will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations and marketing activities relative to our strategic direction and positioning.

Reporting initially to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Communications will work collaboratively with senior leadership to advance the organization's position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness and donor support for the organization through media channels. The Director of Communications is responsible for developing and implementing external communication strategies, organizational messaging, online appeals and campaigns, celebrity engagement, marketing, and public engagement activities. 

Principal responsibilities and duties

Communications Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance Panthera’s brand; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; and increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder audiences
  • Create marketing/public relations strategy that will allow leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers
  • Develop and determine Panthera’s celebrity engagement strategy for engaging high profile luminaries in a way that best serves the organization’s overall interests and broader strategy
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with the leadership team and staff to recognize communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them
  • Serve as communications counselor to Panthera’s leadership
  • Oversee development of all print communications including the annual report, marketing collateral materials and electronic communications including Panthera’s website and new media
  • Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other supporting material as needed
  • Oversee and actively engage and cultivate press relationships to ensure coverage of Panthera’s programs, special events, public announcements, and other projects
  • Manage relationships with associated vendors
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function including budgeting, planning and staff development
  • Manage a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis
  • Establish and manage staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments in alignment with Panthera’s procedures and processes

Communications Operations

Team Development/Management

Qualifications and experience required

The ideal candidate has the following skills, educational training, and qualities:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or related field is required, an advanced degree is preferred
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in a management role either in-house or with an agency
  • Demonstrated experience managing a comprehensive strategic communications, media relations, and marketing program to advance an organization's mission and goals
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans. Ability to work at both a strategic and tactical levels.
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships/partnerships with top tier reporters and editors, and in successfully positioning an organization’s issues with the media to achieve high-impact placements
  • Working knowledge of the conservation field highly desirable
  • Creative and thoughtful on how new media technologies can be utilized to advance our mission
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism, teamwork, excellent judgment, and creative problem solving skills. Anticipates future needs and is results-oriented
  • Excellent and persuasive communicator; solid writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work in a changing environment and strive for clarity while Panthera scales its operations; responsive to staff and team needs
  • Excellent management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers; experienced building, mentoring and coaching a team of communications specialists
  • Has the stature, gravitas, and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of high-performing donors, constituents, and Board of Directors
  • Passionate about Panthera’s mission

Position: Tiger Program Manager
Location: New York, London, or Fort Collins, Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Panthera seeks a full-time, experienced Tiger Program Manager to be based out of London, New York City, or Fort Collins, Colorado. The Tiger Program Manager will be a key member of Panthera’s Tiger team, assisting the program directors with administrative and management duties and acting as the primary liaison between project partners and directors. The Tiger Program Manager will also help to coordinate and oversee conservation activities in Panthera’s many Tigers Forever field sites, and periodic international travel will be required. Panthera’s Tigers Forever Program is an initiative launched in July of 2006 with the aim of increasing tiger numbers by 50% in key sites throughout Asia, with a focus on law enforcement and biological monitoring.

Principal responsibilities and duties

  • Routine management of Panthera field projects, including managerial, administrative and technical support for partner NGOs in the Tigers Forever Program.
  • Provide support to the Tiger Program Directors in day-to-day administration of the program, including the preparation of proposals, work plans, midterm, final term and financial reports, budgets, and communications material.
  • Prepare documents such as grant agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, and other legal agreements; act as point of contact for MOUs and other legal agreements with range state governments and NGO partners.
  • Assist the Development Department with content for grant proposals and reports.
  • Assist the Communications Department in the creation of programmatic materials, brochures, and reports; assist in production of print and online media covering field activities; help produce content for Panthera’s website and social networking sites.
  • Coordinate weekly meetings with international tiger team staff.
  • Produce inter-office updates for distribution to executive staff.
  • Report personal project expenses (travel etc.) in line with established Panthera protocols.
  • Handle financial paperwork and requests for advances and reimbursements.
  • Help coordinate the preparation and tracking of all sub-contracts and sub-agreements including technical and financial reporting, advances and reimbursements.
  • In conjunction with Administrative Assistants, manage finances and logistics for program meetings and workshops.
  • Maintain program files, including contract and budget information, and data and reports from field projects and program partners (tiger program Dropbox account, etc.).
  • Assist in the preparation of Panthera literature, including contributing to peer-reviewed publications and popular articles, and coordinating the production of scholarly edited volumes that pertain to tiger conservation.
  • Provide additional operational, programmatic and administrative support to Tiger Program as needed.


  • Highly organized individual, preferably with a strong background in program management, conservation, biological/wildlife monitoring, and/or wildlife law enforcement experience. In the absence of a strong biological background, the ideal candidate will possess exceptional management and administration skills, as well as significant experience writing reports and proposals, and preparing official documents.
  • Preferred Masters or equivalent in relevant field (conservation, ecology, wildlife biology, natural resource management etc.), with at least 3 years of project management experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to set and follow priorities, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including effective presentation and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of concepts and practices in management of conservation programs.
  • Strong international experience, especially conducting scientific fieldwork in Tiger Range Countries.
  • Proficient in Geographical Information System software (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.).
  • Self-motivated, confident, and able to work independently.
  • Experience contributing to publications in various fora, including peer-reviewed scientific writing, position statements, popular articles, and funding proposals.

The ideal candidate has the following skills, educational training, and qualities:

  • Proficiency in contemporary statistical analytical tools such as Spatially Explicit Capture-Recapture, Occupancy Analysis, Population Ecology Analysis, etc.
  • Additional language skills, particularly Southeast Asian languages, including Thai, Malay, Bahasa Indonesian, etc.
  • Knowledge of Management Software Systems (SmartSheet, Dropbox, etc.).
  • Experience and familiarity with SMART conservation software.

To Apply

A cover letter is required.

No phone calls please.
Panthera is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V