Manager of Foundation and Government Support

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Lincoln Headquarters

About Mass Audubon

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 140,000 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

About This Position

Playing an integral role on the Foundation and Government Support Team in Mass Audubon’s Development Department, this position manages a portfolio of approximately 50 lower-tier institutional funders (ranging from $10k to $70k in giving) and actively participates in the full spectrum of the grants management process. The primary focus of this position is on producing and submitting grant applications in coordination with program/project teams across multiple units. Additionally, this position will ensure timely fulfillment of post-award requirements, including programmatic and budgetary requirements in coordination with the Grants Administrator. The Manager of Foundation and Government Support will receive day-to-day supervision from the Assistant Director of Foundation and Government Support.

Duties & Responsibilities

Grant Proposals:

  • Craft compelling, 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.
  • Edit proposals written by program/project staff.
  • Drive grant strategy by helping program/project staff develop competitive funding proposals that fit the priorities of both the funder and Mass Audubon.
  • Ensure complete compliance with application specifications stated in notices of funding opportunities and other funder guidelines.

 Grant Reporting and Recordkeeping:

  • Work with program/project teams to develop and submit grant reports and other follow-up materials to funders in a timely manner.
  • Ensure complete and accurate recordkeeping of grant-related activity and archiving of grant-related documents.
  • Maintain up-to-date database records for all institutional funders using Revolution Online CRM.

 Grant Process Management:

  • Maintain, manage, and distribute a working schedule of deadlines related to grant applications and reporting.
  • Coordinate and facilitate collaborative team efforts in development and submission of proposals and grant reports.
  • Work with Finance Department and other staff to collect information needed to complete proposals and manage grants.
  • Complete funder and internal forms for processing grant awards.


  • Work with unit teams to develop, track, and achieve annual target goals for income from foundations and government agencies.
    • Write and send acknowledgements to funders in a timely manner after receiving the grant award.
    • Conduct proactive prospect research.
    • Assist with grant-related publicity (press releases, social media) and other grant requirements as needed.
    • Assist with proofing of grantors list for annual report.
    • Stay up-to-date on best practices and issues related to grant writing.
    • Assist with corporate fundraising and other projects and tasks as directed by Director of Foundation and Government Support.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., professional writing; environmental education or science).
  • Experience with grant writing in a professional context.
  • Ability to 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 and via remote platforms.
  • Able to maintain composure, focus, personal wellness, and wherewithal to get the job done under the stress that comes with routinely managing and meeting multiple deadlines.
  • Superior organizational and time management skills with experience prioritizing and working concurrently on multiple assignments.
  • A strong proclivity for orderliness in maintaining and filing electronic and hardcopy records.
  • Extremely close attention to detail.
  • Optimistic, friendly personality.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and Outlook.
  • Facility at learning and implementing donor database record keeping, with experience with Revolution Online CRM a plus.
  • A passion for Mass Audubon’s mission.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to interact with program/project staff at wildlife sanctuaries.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Skilled at creating professional-looking collateral materials to support proposals (e.g., one-pagers with texts, images, and graphics).
  • Experience in a conservation organization or similar mission-based organization.
  • Working knowledge of environmental education, wildlife management, natural resources conservation, and/or land protection. 
  • Experience with online grant application and reporting processes and portals.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary Range is $58,000 - $65,000, commensurate with experience and includes a full benefit package.

COVID-19 Considerations

Mass Audubon requires that all staff, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status. Proof of vaccination status will be required immediately upon hire.

Mass Audubon's Commitment To Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice

Mass Audubon's mission is to "protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife" by building a strong coalition of employees, volunteers, and community members. We recognize that the environmental movement and field of conservation have been affected by societal systems that have limited opportunity and access for many people. As a result, Mass Audubon is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. We are engaged in an ongoing process of organizational assessment and change, designed to remove barriers and create a workplace where all forms of diversity are recognized and valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Donna Minnis, Director of Foundation and Government Support
Job# 3511