Manager - Federal Relations


The Manager, Federal Relations responsibilities include: coordinating and tracking Foundation cooperative agreements with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Marine Mammal Commission (MMC); managing event-oriented and national cooperative agreements, tracking and quality control over periodic and final reports for cooperative agreement reports to federal partners; developing agency-level partnership reports and assisting with other Government Relations activities.


  • Support federal cooperative agreements and partnerships including providing supporting material about Foundation programs and projects.
  • Coordination and tracking of Federal cooperative agreements with NOAA, EPA, MMC, and other federal agencies.
  • Manage the NOAA DARRP partnership including cooperative agreement development, management of agreements, coordination of Foundation programs, tracking of grants and interim and final reporting.
  • Serve as the Government Relations lead for the urban waters federal partnership including working with agencies (NOAA, EPA, HUD, and DOT) to grow funding for the program.
  • Work with agency partners to develop new cooperative agreements and partnerships for the Foundation.
  • Notify staff of Federal partner interests and inquiries as they arise.
  • Provide assistance and input to the Vice President, Government Relations for securing the Foundation’s Congressional Authorization every five years.
  • Assist Foundation staff on the coordination, management, and support of Congressional and federal agency partnerships.
  • Research agency partner policy documents, budget details, and other information as needed.
  • Work with Foundation staff to educate federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other outside organizations on Foundation programs.
  • Manage “event” oriented funding sources such as the NOAA Fish Fry, the Coastal Zone Conference, and other events.
  • Work with the Science and Evaluation Team on the development of agency specific annual conservation outcome reports that can be provided to our federal funding partners.
  • Assist the Government Relations staff with other duties as assigned.


  • Recommend new processes where needed to improve existing processes.
  • Recommend and lead efforts to improve existing processes.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education or experience.  Degree program focused on natural resources, environmental science, or related fields preferred.
  • Experience working directly with a federal agency, particularly a natural resources agency, is preferred. 
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through skills.
  • Flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Computer proficiency.


Commensurate with experience.


Washington, DC

Application Instructions

To apply, please send an e-mail, with attachments in Word format, containing your cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, resume, three professional references and your salary requirements to Marla Carter, Human Resources Manager, at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. 

Equal Opportunity Statement - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, director, officer, contractor, or any other person with whom it deals because of race, creed, color, disability, age, sex, veteran status, religion or political affiliation. The Foundation complies with all federal and local statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment.

Disclaimer - The statements contained herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the employees in these positions. The statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in each position. Other responsibilities, duties, and skills may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the responsibilities, duties, and skills at any time.