Senior Program Officer, US Government Partnerships – 22018
WWF Washington, DC
Washington, DC United States
Type of Position Full-time
Education Requirement Bachelor


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Program Officer, US Government Partnerships. This position will be based in Washington, DC. Identifies, plans, coordinates, and manages the development and submission of applications and proposals for US Government funding in support of WWF program priorities and initiatives.

Location: Washington, Dist. Columbia 20037,United States


  • Identifies strategic government funding opportunities and leads efforts with colleagues at WWF US and across the Network, as well as grantees, partners, consultants, and others to develop competitive proposals for submission to U.S. Government agencies.
  • Proactively identifies WWF initiatives and projects that may be of interest to U.S. Government agencies for funding and supports outreach to those agencies.
  • Independently manages development of mid-sized proposals ($2.5M in value or more), and independently develops critical technical elements of large ($20M+) proposals.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of U.S. Government Automated Directives System (ADS) Operational Policy and works closely with WWF US Program Operations and Legal teams to ensure adherence to U.S. Government policies.
  • Drafts past performance and other standard sections of proposals as needed.
  • Reviews technical proposal inputs for compliance with application format and content requirements. Reviews proposal budgets for alignment with technical proposal. Copy edits and compiles proposals and annexes, ensuring consistency and quality of presentation, ensuring adherence to application requirements.
  • Finalizes, and submits proposals, ensuring adherence to donor requirements and WWF standards. Demonstrates facility with the and U.S. Government submission portals.
  • Gathers intelligence and conducts competitive analyses related to funding opportunities.
  • Contributes to quarterly updates to leadership; analyzes new technical information, policy issues, and trends related to public sector funding, and advises teams accordingly.
  • Keeps abreast of relevant programmatic issues in areas in which WWF has an ongoing interest.
  • Oversees work of external consultants and interns as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree in a related field (such as natural resources management, environmental science, international development, or conservation policy) is preferred.
  • Position requires six years of related professional experience, or advanced degree with three to five years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technical proposal development for U.S. Government funding agencies (particularly USAID, USFWS and USDOS) required.
  • Prior program management experience and the ability to work with diverse teams is preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Fluent English required (equivalent to the US Department of State’s Level 5 proficiency). Ability to speak and write in a foreign language is a plus.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #22018
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone


As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.

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