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31 Aug 2015 | Job vacancy

Conservation International Coordinator, U.S. Government Funding

Based in Arlington, VA Headdquarters

The Coordinator, U.S. Government Funding will support CI’s institutional fundraising activities by ensuring effective coordination of fundraising activities, and supporting management of donor relationships. The position will report to the Senior Director, U.S. Government Funding within CI’s U.S. Government Policy division.
The Coordinator will have primary responsibility for tracking U.S. government funding opportunities, and for ensuring timely distribution of relevant information about such opportunities to CI programs. The position will also respond to requests from CI programs for funding-related information about U.S. government departments and agencies. The Coordinator will support proposal development processes and coordinate the process of technical reporting on USG grants and contracts. Additionally, the position will be responsible for scheduling and planning quarterly meetings of cross-divisional teams on major CI initiatives with U.S. government funding. The Coordinator will also handle scheduling USG meetings of CI country program staff visiting CI headquarters, and related efforts to build field knowledge and capacity on U.S. government funding opportunities and grant processes.



  • Track and assess USG funding opportunities (e.g., monitoring USG agency web sites, updating internal “USG Tracker” spread sheet), and provide information to CI programs including support to the field in identifying USG funding sources for strategic activities.
  • Respond to CI program requests for donor information.
  •  Compile required materials, and provide editorial and fact-checking support for funding proposals.
  •  Coordinate CI process of grant reporting.
  • Coordinate scheduling and preparatory materials for quarterly meetings of cross-divisional teams and visiting field colleagues on major USG grants and contracts and new opportunities.

Working Conditions

  • This position is based in CI-Headquarters in Arlington, VA
  • Normal office environment
  • Some travel may be required



  • 4+ years relevant professional experience
  • Knowledge of international conservation issues and the nonprofit sector
  • Knowledge of U.S. government structure and processes
  • Strong communications skills – oral and written
  • Proven ability to work with a wide variety of people from different cultures, backgrounds and political contexts
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to work as a team player
  • Demonstrated experience in MS Office, specifically Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Fluency in English
  • Loyalty, passion and recognizing that we are all part of a team with a shared mission – to sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Fundraising experience
  • Grants/contracts/procurement experience
  • Experience dealing with the U.S. government


Interested candidates should apply on-line at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH08/ats/careers/requisition.jsp? org=CONSERVATION&cws=1&rid=359 


The Natural Heritage Institute is searching for a chief Executive Officer to take responsibility for the management, direction, growth and success of this non-profit, natural resource conservation organization. At the election of the new CEO, this position will be either in San Francisco (NHI’s current headquarters) or Sacramento California, in the United States of America.


NHI is the premiere non-profit, non-governmental organization, working at the global scale, to rehabilitate natural functions in heavily engineered rivers systems. For over two decades, NHI has been working to re-create a world where rivers function like rivers again, in harmony with human needs. Our focus is on major, often transnational, river basins in California, the U.S. boundary waters, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Their floodplains, wetlands, deltas, and estuaries are truly the engines of biological productivity and the earth’s aquatic life support system. Yet, freshwater ecosystems are today the most imperiled on the planet. No other natural resource is as intimately connected to food security and basin human needs, particularly in the most vulnerable communities of the world. These stresses will become more pronounced as the climate changes.


Often, repairing damaged river requires re-optimizing entire hydropower, water supply, irrigation and flood management systems at the basin scale. This work demands exceptional technical, economic, and legal capabilities. Yet NHI’s unique and highly efficient business model assures that we are never capacity-limited in these projects. We assemble specialized project teams by drawing upon our remarkable board of directors, our network of expert affiliates, partnering organizations all over the world, academic experts and consultants, to augment the capacity of our resident staff.

We often work with the ultimate decision-makers on water resources: the governments themselves, and the ultimate custodians of water resources, the water rights holders, infrastructure operators, power companies, and farmers.

Our range of tools and strategies to influence the ways in which water resources are managed includes the development and deployment of hydrologic and water resource systems models, on-the-ground ecological restoration projects, the design of improved management and institutional arrangements, policy analysis, and legal advocacy and interventions.

You can learn much more about NHI, its projects, and its successes by visiting our website at www.n-h-i.org.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in relevant fields of law, science, economics or environmental planning
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, organize, attract funding and manage new project activity within NHI’s mission and beyond
  • Depth of experience working with water resource institutions in California, nationally and/or internationally
  • Demonstrated track record of organization management
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Strong personal and professional passion for natural resources conservation work

This position will remain open until an outstanding candidate is selected. 

Please send statements of interest and qualifications to:

Dr. Gerald E. Galloway, Chairman of the Board

c/o Shelly  Gabriel

Natural Heritage Institute

100 Pine Street, Suite 1550

San Francisco, CA 94111

FAX: (415) 693-3178


No telephone inquiries, please.