Foundation Relations Development Coordinator

Conservation International
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 31

Position description

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


Conservation International (CI) seeks an experienced and passionate Development Coordinator to join our Foundation Relations (FR) team. This position will be on the front lines of CI’s efforts to raise the funding needed to combat climate change and protect the planet we all rely upon. Successful candidates will be committed to our mission: building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership, and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

The Coordinator will help build and grow relationships with professional foundations, both in the U.S. and abroad. To be successful, this dynamic individual will work within a high-performing unit that constantly pursues increased and deeper partnerships in support of CI’s mission. The position coordinates fundraising processes with account managers and provides support for the development of high-quality proposals and reports. Additionally, the Coordinator supports grant/donor management and stewardship of donors; conducts prospect research; monitors developments with key donors and within philanthropy generally; and provides general administrative support. Finally, this entrepreneurially minded team member will contribute broadly to the work of CI’s Development Division, which strives to bring more private philanthropy to the aid of CI’s work around the world.

Duties are performed under general supervision.


  • Assist with the full fundraising lifecycle, from the identification and cultivation of new prospects to the solicitation of potential donors and the stewardship of relationships and grant awards. 
  • Assist in the development and finalization of high-quality proposals, concept papers, and reports. 
  • Ensure that all relevant information about donors & prospects within account managers’ portfolios is entered and updated in Raiser's Edge and generate regular reports.
  • Conduct baseline research for new prospects as assigned, to be used for donor strategy development by senior Development staff.
  • Help identify opportunities for specific donor stewardship and outreach around CI priority programs.
  • Draft thank you notes and other correspondence.
  • Provide administrative support, which may include processing financial expenditures, completing expense reports, assisting with VISA statements, scheduling and coordinating travel for staff, and supporting other Foundation Relations processes (e.g. scheduling meetings, etc.)
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Manage a small portfolio of donors and prospects, under the guidance of members of the Foundation Relations team


  • Typical office environment.
  • Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate time difference with HQ and field programs may be necessary.
  • Occasional travel may be required to support account leads and fundraising efforts.
  • Eligible for overtime.



  • 2-4 years of related work experience.
  • Must be organized, with strong attention to detail, the ability to work independently and within a team framework, and experience managing multiple projects/processes at a given time.
  • Ability to function well in a multicultural, diverse, and fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a geographically dispersed team and to communicate with staff at offsite locations. This includes comfort with communicating via phone, Skype, Microsoft Teams, etc.
  • Excellent communication, writing, and proofreading skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, database operations, and basic computer operations.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT or another (fundraising) database.
  • A demonstrated passion for and interest in conservation and human development issues.


  • A Bachelor’s degree or up to four years of college-level work.
  • Fluency in one or more foreign languages of relevance to CI is a plus (CI’s working languages are English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Bahasa).
  • Experience working for an international conservation or development organization.
  • Familiarity with foundation fundraising and grant writing.
  • Experience living, studying, or traveling internationally.
  • Please submit resume and cover letter

View all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

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