Foundations Development Associate

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    4 months ago
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Foundations Development Associate.

Major Function

The Development Associate supports the stewardship of key foundation grants across all of WWF’s programs. Key stewardship tasks include grants processing, reporting, and financial tracking of grants in the assigned portfolio. The Associate role also provides general administrative support for the foundations function.


  • Works with Foundation Relations team, Program, and Program Operations staff at WWF-US to develop required technical and financial reports for foundation donors, ensuring compliance with donor requirements and guidelines. Works with relevant staff to help create timelines for completion of donor reporting requirements.
  • Tracks reporting requirements for assigned grants, ensuring all systems (Customer Relationship Management (CRM), SmartSimple, etc.) are up to date with deadlines for upcoming reports and other stewardship correspondence and donor updates. Collaborates with relevant program and program operations staff to ensure timely reminders for upcoming deliverables.
  • Provides research and copyedit support on proposals, reports, and other correspondence.
  • Monitor the administration of grants in the Foundations Relations portfolio to ensure compliance with donor legal agreements as well as preferences.
  • Supports team members with time-sensitive requests, such as updating and finalizing internal reports, relevant lists, and other specialized portfolio-specific demand-driven needs.
  • Supports the preparation of research and briefing materials in advance of donor visits and calls.
  • Supports maintenance of accurate and up-to-date database records in CRM and SmartSimple on foundation donors, prospects, and grants; supports grant processing efforts, including writing/coordinating the writing of timely donor acknowledgments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Position requires a minimum of two years of demonstrated success in administrative or fundraising roles.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including copyediting, research, and report writing.
  • Knowledge of development practices and techniques is preferred.
  • Experience with donor/CRM databases preferred.
  • Knowledge of conservation and/or international development issues is preferred.
  • International experience and knowledge of another language are pluses.
  • Strong foundational knowledge of WWF’s conservation mission, goals, and organizational structure is a plus.
  • Ability to multi-task, be adaptable, flexible, and responsive.
  • Excellent organizational ability and project management skills; strong attention to detail.
  • Intercultural communication skills.
  • Collaborative team player.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values:
    • COURAGE – We demonstrate courage through our actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.
    • INTEGRITY – We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide us and to ensure that we learn and evolve.
    • RESPECT – We honor the voices and knowledge of people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future.
    • COLLABORATION – We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation.

WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #24030
  • 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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