Grants Manager, Program Development


The Grants Manager, Program Development, is a full-time position responsible for a leadership role in facilitating the development of large, complex government proposals and ensuring that applications are strategic, competitive and meet all donor requirements.

Program Development is part of the Global Conservation Program (GCP) of WCS, with a remit to help secure support for WCS field programs around the world.

The main purpose of the 6-person Program Development team is to increase and diversify bi-lateral and multi-lateral government funding to the GCP by: supporting the development and management of relationships with government donors, tracking funding trends and streams, coordinating the process of developing quality proposals, and supporting WCS staff to play their role in the donor process.


  1. I. Proposal Development (primary responsibility)
    1. Strategically develop proposals for government and agency grants, overseeing process and facilitating the proposal team;
    2. Provide guidance on proposal development and process;
    3. Ensure quality control of proposals and compliance with both donor guidelines as issued and WCS processes through editing, review and revision of proposals.
  2. II. Proposal process systems and resources
    1. Identify and address gaps in proposal systems and resources;
    2. Track and manage priority funding streams;
    3. Facilitate internal proposal resource communications;
    4. Assist with program staff training as needed;
    5. Identify, analyze and distribute government/agency funding opportunities relevant to WCS programs;
    6. Ensure coordination of grant tracking system with grants management and accounting divisions.


  1. III. Donor and Partner Strategy and Relationships
    1. Assist in identifying, prioritizing and developing partner relationships for stronger proposals;
    2. Support donor relationships by representing WCS at relevant conferences and meetings, and developing engagement strategies as necessary;
    3. Assist with development of success stories, project descriptions and publications as necessary.
  2. Ad Hoc Advisory: Provide ad hoc consultation for Program and field staff for activities related to government/agency donors, as needed.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for this position.

  • Candidate must have at least 4 years of work experience, including at least 2 years in fundraising, grant writing, program management and other relevant experience, with preference for experience in large government granting processes (e.g., USAID, GEF);
  • Experience in:
    • leading complicated proposal processes on deadline and with quality results;
    • working effectively under deadline pressure
    • working with government and agency donors;
    • establishing and maintaining a productive working rapport with diverse individuals and groups at multiple levels;
    • working in the field of wildlife conservation, or with other mission-driven organizations;
    • An understanding of global and regional government and agency donor processes;
    • Strong writing, persuasive and organizational skills;
    • Preferred fluency in Spanish, French and/or German;
    • Willingness and ability to travel (sometimes internationally) upon short notice; and
    • A strong commitment to the mission of WCS.
    • Though not a requirement, knowledge of conservation science could prove useful.

This position will be based at WCS New York headquarters, which is located at the Bronx Zoo.


How to apply

In addition to submitting an online application through the[[|]] Career center,

applicants are requested to send a cover letter and CV to

Bronx, New York
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY, 10460, US