Conservation and Research Grants Manager

Denver, Colorado (US)
Jul 07, 2017
Sep 05, 2017
Grant Writing
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, education, and guest experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values of Protect, Honor, Innovate, Serve, Engage, and Empower are evident in everything we do.  We value the different strengths our staff bring to Denver Zoo. We expect our staff to embrace and to commit to our core behaviors for engagement: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence.

Denver Zoo’s Conservation and Research Department has an opportunity for a full time Grants Manager.

The Conservation and Research Grants Manager position advances Denver Zoo’s mission and goals by managing the Conservation and Research Department’s (CRD) contributions to the development of funding proposals for grants and major gifts, provide oversight for grants management, and grant and other donor stewardship reporting to help further Denver Zoo’s field conservation programs. In addition, this position is responsible for providing departmental budget oversight, development of administrative structures in external/overseas offices, and department logistical support.

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to and promotes Denver Zoo’s mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Leads (in partnership with Development team) development and review of Conservation Research grant proposals and reports, including ensuring proposal clarity, feasibility, budgeting, and alignment with CRD and Denver Zoo priorities, and the priorities and interests of funders and donors.
  • Partners with the Development team to manage the workflow process through the “life-cycle” of grants for all CRD grants and major gifts. This includes maintaining a grants database; cataloguing relevant files and supporting information;  tracking progress and action points in review, submitting proposal and reporting materials; maintaining lines of communication with colleagues contributing to the process; managing information flow; ensuring timely task completion, submission and reporting; and assuring compliance with grant/gift agreements.
  • Monitors upcoming and active funding proposal submission deadlines and ensures timely decisions regarding which grants will be pursued, who will act as principal investigator, submission timeline, and who will be involved in proposal preparation.
  • Partners with CRD leadership and the Development team to help identify and develop new funding opportunities, and cultivate relationships with funder representatives and individual donors, when appropriate.
  • Serves as primary liaison with the Development team to develop, implement, and evaluate effectiveness of onsite, online, and other innovative fundraising tools and campaigns. Also liaises with Marketing and Communications and External Relations teams to ensure quality external messaging.
  • Maintains oversight of CRD operating budget and collaborates with Finance & Accounting team to ensure proper coding of income and expenditures.  This includes guiding the annual budget planning process, tracking and reconciling actual versus projected revenues and expenses, and troubleshooting issues as necessary.
  • Assists with improving capacity of external/overseas offices regarding administrative structures and alignment with Denver Zoo’s reporting requirements, compliance etc.
  • Promotes CRD activities and goals to the greater Denver Zoo community, collaborators, funders, scientists, and the general public through reports, meetings, media outlets, publications, presentations, interviews, and similar activities.
  • Value and consistently apply Denver Zoo's ROADMAP (Reaching Our Audiences by Developing Mission Aligned Programs) process and resources in engaging and educating guests at Denver Zoo.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to Denver Zoo’s Safety and Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, and health regulations, procedures, and goals.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Provides support for and cooperates with all CRD teams and across institutional connections to the department.
  • Represents the department on zoo-wide committees and teams, as requested.
  • Assists the Vice President for Conservation & Research to prepare materials and act as liaison to various internal committees.
  • Occasionally may travel to domestic and international conservation field sites; trip duration may be up to 3 weeks.
  • Performs various tasks as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a conservation related or project administration discipline required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in project administration or non-profit management.
  • Ability to work in a team (which is partly based outside of the US).
  • Proactive, service oriented and able to react to varied requests in a timely manner.
  • Proven history of program development and organizational capacity-building.
  • Commitment to follow through and produce quality outputs.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including responsiveness to multiple, simultaneous projects and demands; ability to set and follow priorities, ensure compliance and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to work with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong writing skills required including grant writing and reporting. Ability to produce clear and concise communications and structure proposal and reporting requirements to a variety of audiences.
  • Comfortable producing and giving presentations to diverse audiences and working with various communication technologies.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office tools.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (second language a benefit).

Physical Demands:

The physical demands for this position are low. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk and listen.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to maneuver handle or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; also, reach, stoop and kneel.  Specific vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception vision and ability to adjust focus. The position requires both mental and visual concentration. The employee also must have the capacity for and experience with extensive, arduous, and demanding travel.

Work Environment:

This position requires a substantial amount of contact with Zoo staff, partners, and volunteers. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and may be occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually low to medium. For field visits, the employee may be exposed to extreme and remote environmental conditions and physical demands. 

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a regular full-time hourly position with excellent benefits, including complete medical/dental/vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan, and a generous vacation package.

Completed applications must be submitted by July 31, 2017

Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to the above date.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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