We Are Hiring

Senior Portfolio Manager, Corporate Partnerships


The Senior Portfolio Manager, Corporate Partnerships, assists in communicating the voice of Ocean Conservancy to potential and current corporate partners, through grant proposals, reports and other means. The position advances Ocean Conservancy’s philanthropic partnerships with key private sector players, playing a project management role in raising more than $6 million annually. This position works with the program team to develop program plans, grant proposals and reports, establishes and maintains relationships with key corporate contacts, and conducts prospect research. This work encompasses all of Ocean Conservancy’s program areas, but has a particular emphasis on its Trash Free Seas Program. The position requires the ability to translate science and policy language into accessible, compelling and informative material for each target audience. The Senior Portfolio Manager works under the pressure of tight deadlines and is able to multi-task and work congenially across the organization’s fundraising, programmatic, finance and communications areas.


  • Develops compelling cases for support in ways that convey the impact and imperative of Ocean Conservancy’s programmatic initiatives. This includes but is not limited to preparing proposals, letters of inquiry, grant reports, email correspondence, presentations, and acknowledgment letters. Responsibilities include drafting original copy, tracking deadlines, copy editing and proofreading, and formatting documents.
  • Works collaboratively with development and senior program staff to articulate our mission and program objectives to new and existing individual and institutional partners. This includes planning and facilitating interdepartmental meetings with key program staff to identify and prioritize project needs and key messages for funders.
  • Work closely with program staff to drive key deliverables and manage partner relationships, preparing briefings, and developing strategies for key meetings.
  • Works with finance staff and program staff to create and manage project budgets and financial reports to submit to funders.
  • Researches and identifies new opportunities to partner with private sector players that are leading in the sustainability space.
  • Works with the VP of Development and Senior Director of Development to develop fundraising strategies, especially as part of the annual revenue projection process.
  • Contributes to other written materials that serve the organization’s mission and conservation agenda as needed. This may include assisting with development of year-end annual reports to key funders.
  • Ensures continuity in and accountability for relationship management by maintaining systems and files to track funder contacts, funder profiles, proposal and reporting deadlines, and philanthropic commitments in Raiser’s Edge and hard-copy files. In addition, tracks proposals and report preparation assignments with program staff.
  • Mentors and works productively with the Manager of Corporate Partnerships and the Senior Development Coordinator to ensure effective delivery of the work.


  • Minimum of five years of experience in grant writing, editing and related work (with proven track record of successful grant awards);
  • Successful track record in crafting effective and compelling proposals, reports and budgets to meet specified guidelines;
  • Exemplary project management skills
  • Strong preference for experience working at a nonprofit organization;
  • Preference for experience reviewing budgets and financial reports;
  • Superior written communication skills, including capacity to communicate complex ideas in a compelling way to a variety of audiences;
  • Strong grammar and editing skills (knowledge of AP style a plus);
  • Knowledge or experience with environmental policy issues a plus;
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with prospect research tools, Excel and funder databases (Raiser’s Edge experience a plus);
  • Attentiveness to details and strict adherence to deadlines and deliverables;
  • Ability to work flexible hours (i.e., occasional evenings and weekends) demanded by a deadline-driven position;
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills;
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant/related field experience.


To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to and note position title:  Senior Portfolio Manager, Corporate Partnerships and #19-28 in the subject line.



Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Ocean Conservancy is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Ocean Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Washington, DC
  • Development (Fundraising)
Reports To
  • Vice President, Resource Development
  • Full Time

More Open Positions