World Wildlife Fund - US

Senior Program Officer, New Business Development - 23141

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/31/2023 2:36 PM)
# of Openings
Policy & Government Affairs


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Senior Program Officer, US Government Partnerships                          


 Major Function  


This position is a member of the US Government Partnerships team within Policy and US Government Affairs, which is responsible for managing relationships with US government officials who oversee conservation and related programs of relevance to WWF.


Identifies strategic government partnership opportunities and leads efforts with colleagues at WWF US and across the Network, and external partners, consultants, and others to pursue these efforts with relevant U.S. Government agencies. Proactively identifies WWF initiatives and projects that may be of interest to U.S. Government agencies and supports outreach to those agencies. Gathers intelligence and conducts competitive analyses to advance WWF’s USG partnership goals. Keeps abreast of relevant programmatic issues in areas in which WWF has an ongoing interest. Maintains up to date knowledge of US Government Agency priorities, strategies, policies, and funding trends. Independently manages teams engaged in the development of mid-sized proposals ($2.5M in value or more), advising them on US Government standards and priorities.  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. Reviews narrative technical documents and cost proposal documents for compliance with US government objectives and requirements. Copy edits and compiles complex documents for submission to US government representatives, ensuring consistency and quality of presentation, ensuring adherence to agency requirements and WWF standards. Reviews regular reporting to ensure accuracy. Contributes to quarterly updates for leadership. Oversees work of external consultants and interns as needed. 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 US government partnership devleopment and technical proposal development for U.S. Government funding agencies (particularly USAID, USFWS and USDOS).
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • 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. 


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 #23141
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

** Please note the dealine to apply for this position is November 15th. This role is located in the Washington DC

area with a hybrid schedule available.


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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