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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Full Job Description



Working out of Washington, D.C., the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Delaware River Program Director has overall responsibility for the successful management of the Foundation’s grantmaking and technical assistance programs focused in the Delaware River Basin, including, but not limited to, the Delaware River Restoration Fund and the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. The Program Director leads a dynamic, small and efficient team that manages approximately $10-$20 million in public and private grant funding annually, leads technical assistance programs focused on the most pressing challenges to the River’s recovery, and advances NFWF’s Delaware River Business Plan.

The Program Director is charged with strengthening existing partnerships, including leadership roles in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, led by the William Penn Foundation, and the Delaware River Basin Restoration Partnership, led by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Program Director also works closely with the Northeastern Regional Director, as well as NFWF’s Science, Conservation, Development and Government Relations teams to deliver high impact conservation programs and to grow new public and private partnerships that further the goals in the Foundation’s Delaware River Business Plan. The Program Director serves as NFWF’s spokesperson on Delaware River issues and represents the Foundation at meetings, conferences and other events. The Director will be a leader and knowledgeable on a range of Delaware River issues including restoration science, agriculture and urban stormwater issues and public policy.


  • Plan and administer approximately $10 million annual budget to support a range of key Delaware River restoration and conservation priorities including, but not limited to, watershed restoration activities that directly support fish and wildlife habitat restoration, innovative grants to advance agriculture and urban clean water solutions, targeted technical assistance to non-profits, local governments and other partners, and networking and information exchange programs.
  • In collaboration with NFWF’s science and conservation team and funding partners, develop annual funding priorities that simultaneously advance the goals of NFWF’s Delaware River Business Plan, and the goals and objectives of our various funding partners, especially the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the William Penn Foundation.
  • Work with NFWF colleagues, staff, grantees, contractors and program partners to proactively develop project ideas that advance the goals and objectives.
  • Oversee the grant solicitation, grant review and grant award processes, including facilitating grant review committees and coordinating with NFWF’s Program Operations Department to ensure the successful execution of grants.
  • Serve as lead spokesperson on issues related to the Delaware River and represent NFWF at conferences, workshops and meetings.
  • Manage all applicable public and private funding sources as appropriate, including preparing grant applications and amendments, monitoring expenditures, submitting progress reports and final reports, and regularly checking in with agency project officers and liaisons to ensure expectations are being met.
  • Coordinate with the Director and Development staff to actively pursue new strategic partnerships that advance NFWF’s goals in the Delaware River.
  • Develop briefing materials and participate in briefings that promote the continued growth of the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund and/or other NFWF conservation interests.


  • Recommend and lead efforts to continue to strengthen strategies needed to advance Delaware River Business Plan goals and to support the objectives of NFWF’s Delaware River partners especially the USFWS and William Penn Foundation.
  • Recommend new strategies and approaches to improve and make more efficient existing grantmaking processes.


  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience with concentration in ecology, conservation science, or environmental policy preferred.
  • Expertise in watershed and estuarine management issues. Specific knowledge or experience related to conservation on agricultural lands and in urban environments in the Delaware River is preferred.
  • Knowledge of public policy issues facing the Delaware River, including water quality, water quantity and flow management, coastal resilience, habitat connectivity, forest habitat management, and agriculture conservation.
  • Minimum of five years experience in program management.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and program development.
  • Experience working with federal resource agencies, with experience managing federal cooperative agreements preferred.
  • Ability to respond quickly and accurately to requests for information.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience building consensus and managing conflict among diverse partners.
  • Ability to work successfully managing and working with a small team.
  • Computer proficiency, including databases, spreadsheets, word processing, and graphics. Experience with web content management and Geographic Information Systems is preferred.


Commensurate with experience.


Washington, DC

Application Notes:

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, and resume.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the US on a full-time basis.

COVID-19 Policy  In an effort to protect our employees and their families, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as a condition of employment all newly-hired employees must provide National Fish and Wildlife Foundation proof of full vaccination. Any proof of vaccination submitted to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will remain confidential.

Equal Opportunity Statement – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws in its commitment to being an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, personal appearance, citizen status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, identity or expression, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, political or union affiliation, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

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