Mass Audubon

208 S. Great Rd.
Lincoln, MA 01773

Date Posted:
November 08, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Manager of Foundation and Government Support - Mass Audubon


Reporting to the Director of Foundation and Government Support you will help complete a team of experts which works to identity, solicit and steward key institutional funders. Mass Audubon is looking for someone who can “think big” while at the same time attend to all the details that this professional position requires. Bring your exceptional communication skills, analytical thinking, calm demeanor, and love of research to a dynamic and inclusive team of development professionals. You will be inspired by Mass Audubon’s educators, scientists, ornithologists and climate action heroes who are protecting the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife.


Grant Proposals:

Craft compelling and persuasive grant proposals and create supporting materials, including budgets and graphic pieces, for submission to foundations and government agencies that support Mass Audubon’s mission of connecting people to the nature of Massachusetts and the conservation of the natural environment.

Provide proposal writing, grants management, and strategic grants planning support to assigned units, programs, and departments that depend on grant funding to support operations, special projects, capital needs, and endowment.

Coordinate, attend, and contribute to grant planning meetings.

Support Mass Audubon staff involvement in other organizations’ proposals that benefit Mass Audubon by providing writing, editing, and report reminders as required and ensuring adherence with Mass Audubon standards. Prepare support letters for these proposals as required and assist with grants management as necessary.

Funder Prospecting, Cultivation, and Stewardship:

Proactively identify and research new funding opportunities from foundations and government agencies that align with Mass Audubon priorities. Work with Director of Foundation and Government Support and other senior staff to vet and distribute funding opportunities. Directly contact funders as needed and foster cordial relations with funder staff.

As applicable, develop a plan for cultivating key relationships with foundations and government agencies.

Alert members of the Board of Directors and other key volunteers associated with Mass Audubon about the need to develop contacts with funder prospects and facilitate conversations between those associated with the organization and the funding source, when appropriate.

Drive grant strategy by helping program staff develop competitive funding proposals that fit the priorities of both the donor and Mass Audubon.

Grant Process Management:

Maintain, manage and distribute ongoing schedule of deadlines related to grant applications/reporting and lead efforts to submit funding proposals and grant reports.

Collaborate with staff at multiple sites and departments to manage and lead efforts in submission of funding proposals and grant reports. Facilitate the coordination and preparation of large proposals involving multiple wildlife sanctuaries/departments and external partners.

Create, design, and implement processes and procedures related to grant proposal development and grants management. Work with finance department and other staff to collect information needed to complete proposals and manage grants.

Facilitate the coordination and preparation of large proposals involving multiple sanctuaries/departments and external partners.

Grant Reporting and Accounting:

Manage efficient operational system to ensure accurate records and timely communication with funders; oversee grants calendar and maintain up-to-date database records for all institutional donors.

Work with unit/program/department teams to develop, track, and achieve annual target goals for income from foundations and government agencies.

Write and send acknowledgements to donors in a timely manner after receiving the grant award.

Ensure that grant income is properly coded. Work closely with Director of Foundation and Government Support, staff in assigned units/departments, and the finance department to ensure donors receive appropriate reports.

Work with project team to develop and submit reports and other follow-up materials to donors in a timely manner.


Manage ongoing communications, cultivation, and recognition for grants with wildlife sanctuary, development, and marketing staff as required.

Assist with grant-related publicity (press releases, social media) and other grant requirements as needed.

Coordinate data collection of publicity activities as needed for grant reporting requirements

Assist with proofing of grantors list for annual report assisting with articles for Mass Audubon publications and other publicity as requested

Stay up-to-date on best practices and issues related to grant writing, state and federal grants management and submission requirements, funding trends, and content issues such as evaluation, climate change, and education.

Routinely monitor various outlets for RFP/RFR/bid solicitations.

Assist with corporate fundraising as directed by Director of Foundation and Government Support.

Assume other grant related projects or tasks as requested.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years grant-writing experience

Knowledge of foundation and government funding sources, especially related to funding of environmental organizations, is required.

Understand and ensure compliance with philanthropic giving policies and regulations and ensure that fundraising is conducted with the highest level of ethical standards

Impeccable writing and editing skills

Excellent verbal communication skills

Intellectual curiosity and ability to learn quickly, ask thoughtful questions, and synthesize information

Able to work as a member of a team and independently

Able to work collaboratively with staff located on and off site

Able to maintain composure and focus while managing and meeting deadlines

Superior organizational and time management skills with experience prioritizing and working concurrently on multiple assignments

Extremely close attention to detail and a proclivity for orderliness

Optimistic, friendly personality

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Outlook.

Experience with on-line grant application and reporting processes and portals

Facility at learning and implementing donor database record keeping (data entry, moves management, etc.).

Willingness and ability to travel to interact with project staff at wildlife sanctuaries

Valid driver’s license required

Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver’s)

Preferred Qualifications

Able to create professional-looking supplemental materials to support proposals (e.g., one-pagers with texts, images, and graphics).

Interest in co-developing policies and procedures with the Foundation and Government Support team to document best practices and increase effectiveness.

Familiarity with government contracting and subcontracting forms, processes, and procedures.

Experience in a conservation organization or similar mission-based organization.

A fluency with the Massachusetts philanthropic community.

How To Apply:

By November 30, please email in a single .pdf your letter of application, resume, and a list of three recent professional references to:

Apply by:
November 30, 2019
About this Organization:

Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at