Public Funding Strategy Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Seattle, WA, United States

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24 days ago


Seattle, Washington, USA

Other locations within Washington State considered



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Public Funding Strategy Manager plays a key role in leading and developing equitable public funding strategies which support programs at the international, federal, state, and local levels to advance The Nature Conservancy’s mission. They serve as liaison and strategic public funding lead between the organization and its partners developing and managing small to large-scale complex public funding proposals, processes, and programs which advance and implement funding policies in support of the organization’s conservation agenda. They serve a strategic role in building networks and capacity for internal TNC knowledge and partner capacity around government funding at multiple scales, and advise and advocate with funding agencies for more equitable funding practices. With a historic level of public funding coming available, the Public Funding Strategy Manager will work to best position TNC and partners to access and steer resources toward higher and more equitable impact.


The Public Funding Strategy Manager will work with TNC conservation and government relations teams to lead the creation of the public funding pipelines and strategies which advance the organization’s mission. They serve as the chapter’s public funding pipeline manager and develop, implement, manage, and disseminate public funding proposal development consistent with the organization’s policies, best practices and processes. Working closely with internal and external partners, they will critically assess each proposal’s scope and objectives, ensuring alignment with the chapter’s commitment to equitable conservation outcomes.

Key job duties include:

  • Public Funding Strategy and Research (30%)
  • Public Proposal Development and Tracking (30%)
  • Integrating equitable conservation practices and outcomes into public funding strategy (30%)
  • Public funding policy and legislative rulemaking (10%)

Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!

Location and Schedule:

  • The preferred primary location for this position is Seattle, Washington, with other locations within Washington State considered. Hybrid and/or flexible work arrangements are available.
  • The position requires occasional travel throughout Washington State, the ability to be onsite at TNC locations in Washington when necessary, and working long and/or flexible hours, including some weekends, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience preparing, presenting, and communicating project proposals and/or soliciting project support from government agencies.
  • Experience developing, coordinating, and managing multiple projects in collaboration with others.
  • Experience presenting to diverse audiences including some or all of the following: internal and external executives, donors, members, board members, and the public or equivalent.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Experience with US-based and/or multilateral public funding agencies.
  • Experience working with non-profit partners, and government agencies.
  • Research, writing, editing, and verbal communication experience.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.


  • Commitment to equity and inclusion in both work and workplace, including acting in accordance with our Washington Equity Statement; be respectful of differences of identity and/or beliefs, and successfully work across those differences to meet work objectives.
  • Experience working toward greater racial and/or environmental justice.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in government relations, public policy, sustainability, or fundraising.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, or policy initiatives at any of the following levels: international, country, sub-national, or local.
  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and application of current and evolving trends in public funding and equitable funding practices.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to negotiate, influence, and persuade.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


The estimated starting salary for this position is dependent on qualifications, experience, and location.

  • Salary range in Seattle, WA: $76,000 - $86,000 annually
  • Salary range in other Washington State locations: $68,000 - $80,000 annually


To apply for job ID# 52752, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 2/1/2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.