Foundation and Government Relations Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



11100 Wildlife Center Drive
United States


Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we seek a Foundation and Government Relations Coordinator to join our headquarters' location in Reston, VA.

The Foundation and Government Relations Coordinator will play a crucial role supporting the National Wildlife Federation's engagement of foundation and government funders in support of its conservation mission and programs. This position will report to a Foundation Relations Officer and support the Director of Foundation and Government Relations. Primary responsibilities include processing and acknowledging all foundation and government grants; preparing briefing documents and reports; assisting with prospect research; and maintaining donor data in CRM to ensure grant-related paperwork, supporting documents, and revenue are promptly and accurately recorded.

In this role you will:

  • Process, acknowledge, and enter into NWF's donor database (CRM) all foundation and government grants in accordance with established procedures and specific donor requirements. This will involve working with NWF's contracts, restricted revenue, and program operations teams to review and approve grant documents; generating, preparing, and mailing donor correspondence and acknowledgment letters; and maintaining accurate, up-to-date donor records in CRM.
  • Serve as the team's CRM 'superuser.' This will include: Record maintenance data entry & integrity: Make sure all proposals, solicitations, grant-related tasks, paperwork, and payments are accurately and promptly entered. Add and/or update institutional donor records and proposals as needed.
  • Build & run reports: Ensure we are accurately tracking and reporting out on grant proposals, tasks, reports, and revenue. Regularly run reports from CRM to generate monthly open actions, snapshot revenue, and mailing lists as needed.
  • Troubleshoot & problem solve: Serve as the primary point of contact for questions or issues related to grants and restricted revenue. Provide training to program and regional staff when needed on CRM entry and best practices. Play an active role in working across teams to troubleshoot and problem solve as issues arise.
  • Provide general administrative support to the foundation & government relations team, such as keeping team folders and common proposal attachments up-to-date.
  • Assist the team with prospect research using tools like Foundation Directory and Foundation Search to inform officer and executive team briefings.
  • Assist with scheduling, preparing for, facilitating, and note-taking for team meetings to ensure deadlines and assignments are met, and that donor engagement and outreach is appropriately coordinated.
  • Generate reports and proposals to institutional donors for general operating support.
  • Assist Philanthropy and other departments as needed in maintaining and updating sites such as Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and community foundation profiles.
  • Prepare correspondence and mailings.
  • Assist with other tasks as needed.



  • College degree required.
  • One or more years of professional experience, ideally in an office environment.
  • This position will be best served by someone who is detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to multitask and communicate effectively across multiple departments and offices.
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, prioritize and manage multiple projects, and meet associated deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and proactive, with demonstrated ability to be flexible, work independently, collaborate with others as needed, make sound decisions, and exercise good judgment and professionalism at all times.
  • Strong communication and editing skills; proven capabilities to draft correspondence, reports, and other written communications.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products
  • Experience using donor databases and familiarity with database concepts preferred.
  • Passion for the preservation and protection of wildlife and wild places is highly desirable. Experience with institutional fundraising or grant management is a plus.

The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. 

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application. A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume. 

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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