Job Opening: Senior Portfolio Manager/Government Grant Specialist

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
DEPARTMENT: Resource Development – Foundations and Government Support
DURATION: Full-time

Learn More About the Position:
The Senior Portfolio Manager/Government Grants Specialist provides comprehensive portfolio management to a docket of government (bilateral and multilateral) donors, including overarching relationship management, grant writing and reporting, donor record maintenance and financial report preparation. To succeed, the Senior Manager must have exceptional writing and project management skills and must be intrepid about meeting deadlines and managing all that deadline-driven work entails. The Senior Manager should have a well-honed ability to design effective stewardship approaches for existing donors, along with the ability to conduct the research and outreach needed for new partnership development. Strong candidates will have a background in either global or domestic policy advocacy, an ability to stay current on a dynamic body of program work, and an understanding of how to grasp and communicate core programs as well as impact and results. This work encompasses all of Ocean Conservancy’s program areas and requires the ability to translate science and policy language into accessible, compelling and informative material for target audiences. Successful candidates will be internally motivated, able to build productive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, and be good at bringing hustle and discipline to their work. The Senior Portfolio Manager/Government Grants Specialist must be able to work well under the pressure of tight deadlines and must be able to multi-task and work congenially across the organization’s fundraising, programmatic, finance and communications areas. An ability to provide coverage to a portion of the Foundation portfolio is also required.

Specific Responsibilities:

• Overseeing all aspects of portfolio management for a robust docket of government donors, as well as foundation donors as needed.

• Working collaboratively with development and senior program staff to articulate our mission and program objectives to new and existing individual and institutional partners. This includes planning and facilitating interdepartmental meetings with key program staff to identify and prioritize project needs and key messages for funders.

• Cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding government funders. This includes but is not limited to preparing compelling proposals, letters of inquiry, grant reports, email correspondence, presentations and acknowledgment letters. Responsibilities include drafting original copy, copyediting and proofreading, and formatting documents.

• Working with finance and program staff to prepare project budgets and financial reports, and disseminate information to ensure compliance with requirements for various government grants. This also includes liaising with finance and program staff to track and manage contract budgets and ensure proper expenditure of funds to advance funded programs and grant objectives.

• Researching and identifying new U.S. and international government grant opportunities and staying abreast of trends. This includes providing support to senior leadership on new government funding opportunities, including developing research briefs and recommending proposal strategy as well as preparing senior staff for meetings and phone calls with government funders.

• Working with the Director to develop fundraising strategies, especially as part of the annual revenue projection process.

• Contributing to other written materials that serve the organization’s mission and conservation agenda as needed. This may include assisting with development of year-end annual reports to individual major donors.

• Ensuring continuity in and accountability for relationship management by maintaining systems and files to track funder contacts, funder profiles, proposal and reporting deadlines, and philanthropic commitments in Raiser’s Edge and hard-copy files. Also responsible for tracking proposal and report preparation assignments with program staff.

Required Qualifications:

• Minimum of five years of experience in grant writing, editing and related work (with proven track record of successful grant awards);

• Full command of grants and contracts systems;

• Comprehensive knowledge of federal rules and regulations relating to grant and contract activity and ability to apply knowledge to Ocean Conservancy policies and procedures; 

• Strong preference for experience working at a nonprofit organization, especially either domestic or global policy advocacy groups;

• Experience reviewing budgets and financial reports preferred; 

• Superior written communication skills, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences; 

• Strong grammar and editing skills (knowledge of AP style a plus); 

• Knowledge or experience with environmental policy issues preferred; 

• Strong computer skills, including experience with prospect research tools, Excel and funder databases (Raiser's Edge experience a plus); 

• Successful track record in crafting effective and compelling proposals, reports and budgets to meet specified guidelines; 

• Attentiveness to details and strict adherence to deadlines and deliverables; 

• Ability to work flexible hours (i.e., occasional evenings and weekends) demanded in a deadline-driven position; 

• Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills; and 

• Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.


Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (degree in English a plus) or related experience


If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities, along with your resume and salary expectations, to jobs@oceanconservancy.org and note “#16-18 – Government Grant Specialist” in the subject line.

Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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