Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into
America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation
organization, with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than
six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers,
gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor
enthusiasts of all ages and stripes. The mission of the National
Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife
thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission
through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring
habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting
children with nature, advancing environmental justice, and
addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
The National Wildlife Federation believes that in order to save
wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that everyone in America
has clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable
access to the daily benefits of nature, and protection from the
ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and
urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the
conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.
To advance our mission, the National Wildlife Federation seeks a
Foundation Relations Officer with strong interpersonal,
collaborative, written and verbal communications skills—as well as
demonstrated abilities to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced
environment. Reporting to the Senior Director of Foundation &
Government Relations, the Officer will join a high performing and
accomplished team that is working to grow and diversify
institutional funding. This is an exciting time of growth at the
National Wildlife Federation. This role is ideal for a
deadline-driven, well-organized, and entrepreneurial self-starter
who seeks opportunities to leverage professional talents and
expertise to contribute meaningfully toward accomplishing the
Federation’s ambitious conservation agenda.
- Implement strategies and activities designed to increase
support from existing foundation funders, and identify new
potential avenues of foundation support.
- Work closely with the Federation’s Institutional Relations
team, program staff, and senior leadership to drive fundraising
strategy to support program expansion.
- Research the giving interests of foundation funders, and stay
abreast of philanthropic trends and recent foundation giving,
particularly for assigned funders.
- Identify new opportunities for funding that align with National
Wildlife Federation’s cross-cutting programs through prospect
research, working closely with philanthropy and foundation team
- Prepare foundation materials, including but not limited to
proposals, letters of inquiry, grant reports, agreements, emails,
presentations, and acknowledgment letters. This includes drafting
original content, editing, and formatting as needed.
- Assist with planning and executing meetings with foundation
staff; research and draft briefings for executive leadership in
advance of foundation meetings; and prepare senior staff for
foundation meetings and phone calls.
- Partner with National Wildlife Federation program staff to
cultivate relationships with both current and prospective donors,
and support foundation fundraising on the part of the Federation’s
- Track grant requirements and deadlines, as well as funder
- Liaise with program, program operations, and finance staff to
monitor grant spending.
- Perform other duties as assigned or needed to move forward
National Wildlife Federation’s foundation relations portfolio.
- Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science is required. Advanced
degree is desirable.
- 4+ years of foundation relations experience or comparable work
- Experience managing a seven-figure portfolio of foundation
donors, and managing relationships with both program officers and
internal colleagues to help advance successful fundraising efforts
and relationship building.
- Experience writing foundation grant proposals and reports, as
well as reviewing budgets and financial reports.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong analytical and prospect research skills.
- Solid interpersonal skills.
- Ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a
- Knowledge of Microsoft CRM database is desirable.
- Ability to work additional hours as needed to meet deadlines
and manage workflow.
Further, in this position, your actions are expected to reflect
the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation:
collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission
focus. These may be demonstrated by your experience:
- Working collaboratively with an integrated and diverse team of
- Appreciating diversity of opinion as well as respect for
- Being a self-starter capable of putting plans into action and
- Prioritizing time and working efficiently
- Showing a high-level performance in independent work and using
problem solving, initiative and creativity
- Being detail-oriented
- Communicating well in writing and orally
- Dedicated to deepening understanding of cultural and systemic
racism and the intersectionality of multiple forms of social
- Demonstrates awareness of positional power and privilege (both
personally and professionally) and its attendant impacts
- Consistently brings a high level of empathy and interpersonal
skills to work and social interactions
- Acknowledges when mistakes are made and harm is done; works to
repair breaches in relationships
- Exhibits a responsible and respectful demeanor with colleagues
- Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team
members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them
- Committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in
policy priorities, program development and partner engagement
- Commitment to and strong skills related to leadership, strategy
development, fundraising, and personnel management
- Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission
Due to Covid-19, all employees are currently teleworking. We
anticipate offices may begin reopening in January, 2022. Options
for longer-term remote and/or hybrid work will be considered for
the right candidate. This position works closely with multiple
Federation staff, the majority of whom are based in the D.C.
metro/Mid-Atlantic. We are, however, willing to consider applicants
based near our regional offices, which can be found here: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Regional-Centers-and-Affiliates.
When offices reopen, travel (~15%) will be expected to engage
in-person with National Wildlife Federation’s teams working across
the U.S. Funder travel is also anticipated once travel and meetings
are safe and wise to conduct.
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary range for this position starts in the low 70s to low
80s, depending on experience.
The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a
family-friendly atmosphere. Our paid time-off includes 3
weeks of vacation leave, open wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3
floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave
options, per year. In addition, our benefits package includes
medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance,
AD&D, short- and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid
FMLA leave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and
annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options
including telecommuting, non-traditional work hours, and compressed
work weeks. Applicants are invited to learn more about
National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
Applications will be reviewing on a rolling basis. Applicants
must submit both a resume and cover letter to be considered.
We strive to increase equity and justice in all elements of our
work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of
wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit,
employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race,
religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including
pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender
nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age,
physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information,
past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or
any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state,
or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity
employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National
Wildlife Federation’s commitment to equity and justice at
If you have a disability and require an accommodation or
assistance with our online application process, please tell us how
we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.
The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines,
not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications
listed we encourage you to apply. Your experience refers to
paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps
build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translates
directly to our openings. Applying gives you the opportunity
to be considered.
If selected for this position, a background check will be