Coordinator, Government Partnerships

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share our Core Values of Respect, Results, Innovation, Optimism, and Integrity, and support our Commitment to Diversity.  

Overall Function


The Coordinator for Government Partnerships will be an integral part of a small team focused on the strategic development and management of high-level government relationships. The ideal candidate will draw on previous experience in government fundraising or grant administration, to provide project and grant administration skills, as well as research capacity, financial acumen and an analytical mindset, to support a diverse and growing portfolio of government partners. The Coordinator will also provide administrative support to the Government Partnerships team. This position is part of the growing Government Partnerships team within EDF’s Development Department. The Development Department raises 90% of EDF’s budget annually. This position will be based out of one EDF’s East Coast offices (NY, Boston, or DC) and will report to the Senior Government Grants Officer, Government Partnerships.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Government Partnerships portfolio managers to cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of domestic and international government partners by contributing to development of funding materials (e.g., proposals, reports, email updates, financial reports, etc.)
  • In coordination with portfolio managers and program staff, develop realistic and efficient timelines for donor products, and manage process workflow for these materials, working across departments, cultures, and time zones.
  • Compose drafts and proofread and/or edit funder materials as well as internal communications, using the highest writing standards, utmost accuracy, and EDF’s style and messaging.
  • Maintain timely and accurate donor information in EDF’s Salesforce database.
  • Maintain financial projections, as well as track and analyze various fundraising metrics and activities.
  • Assist with donor research and keep abreast of EDF’s priorities to help portfolio managers identify alignment with funding opportunities. 
  • Provide top-notch administrative support for the Government Partnerships team, including processing and tracking team correspondence; data entry; scheduling, attending, and taking notes for internal meetings; scheduling supervisor and other team members’ meetings and travel, and completing expense reports. 


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required.
  • Minimum of three years of fundraising and/or project management experience, preferably in a non-profit or academic setting; experience with government funders strongly preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to compose, edit, and expertly proofread donor materials and correspondence, among other documents; exceptional attention to detail.
  • Experience reviewing and analyzing financial reports strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues strongly preferred; ability to quickly grasp and translate complicated subject matter required.
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills and the ability to write about complex ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Excellent judgement and interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality while representing the organization and interfacing with all levels of staff, volunteers, funders, and vendors.
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills. Experience working in a non-profit institution of comparable complexity and scale, including the ability to work effectively with geographically dispersed colleagues, is preferred.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, adapt easily to changing situations/priorities, and maintain grace, humor, and compassion.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and with donor database(s) required; experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, Environmental Defense Fund’s mission.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.