Grants Manager

The Wildlife Conservation Network is a rapidly growing leader in wildlife conservation, working in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We partner with distinguished, front-line, independent conservationists who live and work with local communities to champion the survival of wildlife and conserve the habitats they share. WCN uses a collaborative, entrepreneurial, innovative, and philanthropically generous approach to wildlife conservation to reverse crises facing critically threatened species. We partner with distinguished, front-line, independent conservationists who live and work with local communities to champion the survival of wildlife and conserve the habitats they share.  WCN supports these entrepreneurial leaders with access to donors and a range of resources and tools they need to be successful. 

One of the resources we provide to conservationists is connections to foundations and grant writing support.  Foundation grants represent an increasing source of funding for both WCN and our field partners – approximately 20% of our revenue in 2015 – and has significant potential for expansion over the next several years.  We are seeking a Grant Manager to oversee and execute foundation fundraising tasks, including identifying funding opportunities, development of high-quality grant proposals and reports, and cultivation and maintenance of foundation relationships.  The Grant Manager would be raising funds on behalf of both WCN and our field conservation partners.  As such, this position involves working closely with conservationists and WCN’s conservation staff in order to understand and effectively communicate the programmatic needs and make a case for funding. Like all staff, the Grant Manager will engage with WCN leadership in donor stewardship, strengthening the philanthropic commitment and reach of our donor base.

The Grant Manager will also provide additional cross-organizational support and services.  These may include opportunities to be involved with WCN’s range-wide species initiatives (e.g., Elephant Crisis Fund), individual donor engagement, marketing/communications, and/or field conservation programs. 

Key responsibilities:

Foundation fundraising (50%):

  • Develop and submit grant proposals in accordance with each foundation’s guidelines, including the production of all ancillary proposal materials (e.g., budgets, letters of recommendation, etc.) and working closely with field program staff on the development of project ideas and drafting of grant applications
  • Draft, review, and/or submit project reports on behalf of WCN and partners, including the management of reporting deadlines
  • Identify opportunities for prizes and awards on behalf of WCN conservationists, and execute all aspects of nomination processes 

Foundation relationships (20%):

  • Creation and execution of short, medium, and long-term foundation fundraising strategy for WCN
  • Research grant-making organizations and identify potential funding sources for both WCN operations and field conservation programs
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with existing and potential foundations and funding organizations
  • Maintain the foundation-related sections of WCN’s donor database 

Partner support and training (15%):

  • Provide capacity-building training sessions related to grant writing and foundation fundraising during WCN’s annual Wildlife Conservation Workshops
  • Develop a deep understanding of the work of WCN’s field partners in order to effectively advocate for projects and establish a case for funding 
  • Coordinate support services for one of WCN’s conservation programs, serving as the liaison between the field partner and WCN staff and having primary responsibility for the coordination and deployment of support services to this program

Cross-organizational support (15%):

  • Provide grant administration support to WCN’s range-wide species funds as needed
  • Work closely with WCN’s Marketing and Communications Team and Conservation Team to prepare reports and communication pieces on the progress and achievements of WCN Partners and Initiatives
  • Depending on organizational needs, manage or support other fundraising functions within WCN (e.g., donor development, planned giving, marketing/communications); to be discussed during interviews

Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3-5 years of grant writing or persuasive writing experience, preferably in the environmental space
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to provide coaching and direction in written and oral form in a way that is effective and adaptive across cultures 
  • Entrepreneurial, proactive, and self-directed working style 
  • Strong organizational skills with high attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to operate in and enjoy a collaborative, team-oriented culture
  • Willingness to work at all levels, from strategic thinking to execution of detailed tasks 
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills, with ability to manage multiple and frequent deadlines
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Integrity and a passion for wildlife conservation

Reports To:  Conservation Network Manager

The position is full-time and will include health and retirement benefits. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. WCN is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to