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Principal Gifts Grant Manager

Job Location

Temporarily Remote


Type of Job



$85,000 - $95,000

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Published Date

May 20, 2021

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Principal Gifts Grant Manager, reporting to the Director of Principal Gifts Operations, to track the progress of major institutional 7- to 10-figure grants. The Grant Manager will help the implementation of individualized engagement plans and will ensure sound reporting to principal donors in coordination with all internal stakeholders.



  • Liaising between Program, Finance, Leadership, and Development to ensure the proper deployment of grants and reports to donors in an accurate and timely manner. Promoting institutional collaboration and transparency.
  • Demonstrating superior project management skills, including ability to independently manage the timeline and production of multiple activities and supporting communications while working with numerous partners to achieve a high-caliber final product.
  • Participating in the Bezos Earth Fund Working Group led by Finance.
  • Working closely with other grant writers, operational staff, and program finance managers to manage proposals, grant budgets, reports, and financial reports.
  • Ensuring NRDC Program, Communications, and CPA staff are aware of and focused on grant requirements, deadlines, and deliverables.
  • Participating in programmatic meetings to follow grant progress and elevating potential challenges and donor engagement opportunities to Development leadership.
  • Working collaboratively to develop projects and limit target increases.
  • Holding grant kick-off meetings for awarded grants.
  • Assisting in the production of briefings for leadership.
  • Maintaining database accuracy and integrity.
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • 6+ years’ experience in fundraising, grant and budget management.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work in conjunction with Program experts, Finance, and Development leadership.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain enduring relationships with internal stakeholders.
  • Superior writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop proposals, reports, and other materials, including narratives, budgets and financial reports.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with writers.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to prioritize and oversee multiple streams of work to meet competing deadlines.
  • Detail-oriented with high standards of excellence.
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus.
  • Strong commitment to environmental advocacy preferred.
  • Shows a sensitivity, awareness, and willingness to learn and participate in the advancement of DEI required.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. Job grade for this role is Solves 3 with a salary ranging from $85,000 to $95,000. Internal equity considerations and the average salary of the peer range will be reviewed before making a final offer.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


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