The Nature Conservancy

Senior Grants Specialist

Job Description

Posted on: 
2023-04-18 09:22

The Senior Grants Specialist provides highly specialized public awards administration and finance/accounting-related services to a department or business unit (GSN Emergency Grants Response Team, EGReT). The Grants Service Network (GSN) within the Conservancy provides guidance and administrative support for awards of funds to the Conservancy from United States federal, state, and local government agencies, multilateral agencies, and other national and local governments. The GSN also administers the Conservancy’s grants of funds to other entities, including those funded by a government agency, multilateral organization, other non-profit organization, private foundation, or private donor.

Position location is flexible with the option for a home office or established TNC office.

The Senior Grants Specialist is directly responsible for the administration of all aspects of publicly funded awards. This includes review of proposals and budgets, agreement negotiation, setup in central finance systems, accuracy of invoices and financial reports, and maintenance of auditable files. They work closely with award managers to ensure that the terms and conditions of agreements are met and properly documented and communicates directly with the agency contracting officers. They are also directly responsible for the due diligence and administrative aspects of grants out to grantee organizations. The Senior Grants Specialist provides assistance to all levels of personnel in their specialty area. They respond to complex employee/management questions and problems based on advanced knowledge of the subject area. The Senior Grants Specialist shares knowledge with other members of the Grants Services Network (GSN), supports and participates in GSN activities, and may mentor or supervise other GSN staff.


  • Administers U.S and non-U.S. internationally funded public awards.
  • Ensures programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
  • Reinforces consistency in the organization’s policies and procedures and provides support related to relevant field.
  • May participate in complex negotiations.
  • Frequently makes independent decision based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
  • May supervise or mentor other GSN staff.


Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone with strong experience in leading a diverse, multi-disciplinary team.

The ideal candidate should have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and experience in management of controls and reports of a business unit. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team!


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 4 years’ related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience with public award accounting/financial issues and analysis.
  • Experience using accounting and financial reporting systems.
  • Technical experience with Microsoft Excel, general ledger reports and financial management tools.
  • Experience, coursework or other training with U.S. Federal Uniform Guidance, state and local regulations, multilateral and international regulations, and standard contract clauses.


  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Non-profit accounting experience preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Experience in manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience monitoring for and ensuring compliance with organizational policy, applicable law and regulation, and finance/accounting/management best practice.
  • Experience working with U.S. and non-U.S. international funders.
  • Experience analyzing a regulatory framework and applying it to the situation at hand.
  • Fluency in another language desirable to support global operations.
  • Knowledge of current trends in specific field.
  • Experience acting as a resource to others to solve problems.
  • Experience working within a project team.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.

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