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Manager, Federal Relations- Washington, DC

Organization: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Position Title: Manager, Federal Relations

Location: 1133 15th St. NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Full time

Application Deadline: not listed


Organization Overview

Since our creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. We work with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.

NFWF supports conservation efforts in all 50 states, U.S. territories and abroad. Our grants – more than 12,100 since our founding – are made through a competitive process and awarded to some of the nation’s largest environmental organizations, as well as some of the smallest. We neither advocate nor litigate. Instead, NFWF focuses on using the best science to get results and build a better future for our world. Financial commitments to our conservation mission since our founding now top $2.1 billion.


The Manager, Federal Relations responsibilities include; coordinating and tracking Foundation cooperative agreements with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Marine Mammal Commission (MMC); manage event oriented and national cooperative agreements, tracking and quality control over periodic and final reports for cooperative agreement reports to federal partners; development of agency-level partnership reports and assisting with other Government Relations activities.


  • Support federal cooperative agreements and partnerships including providing supporting material about Foundation programs and projects.
  • Coordination and tracking of Federal cooperative agreements with NOAA, EPA, MMC, and other federal agencies.
  • Manage the NOAA DARRP partnership including cooperative agreement development, management of agreements, coordination of Foundation programs, tracking of grants and interim and final reporting.
  • Serve as the Government Relations lead for the urban waters federal partnership including working with agencies (NOAA, EPA, HUD, and DOT) to grow funding for the program.
  • Work with agency partners to develop new cooperative agreements and partnerships for the Foundation.
  • Notify staff of Federal partner interests and inquiries as they arise.
  • Provide assistance and input to the Vice President, Government Relations for securing the Foundation’s Congressional Authorization every five years.
  • Assist Foundation staff on the coordination, management, and support of Congressional and federal agency partnerships.
  • Research agency partner policy documents, budget details, and other information as needed.
  • Work with Foundation staff to educate federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other outside organizations on Foundation programs.
  • Manage “event” oriented funding sources such as the NOAA Fish Fry, the Coastal Zone Conference, and other events.
  • Work with the Science and Evaluation Team on the development of agency specific annual conservation outcome reports that can be provided to our federal funding partners.
  • Assist the Government Relations staff with other duties as assigned.


  • Recommend new processes where needed to improve existing processes.
  • Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education or experience.  Degree program focused on natural resources, environmental science, or related fields preferred.
  • Experience working directly with a federal agency, particularly a natural resources agency, is preferred.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
  • Flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Computer proficiency.

How to Apply

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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