External Grants & Contracts Coordinator

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


The position shepherds grants and contracts through required processes and approvals from the application phase through contracting, reporting, and close-out.  The Coordinator will perform standard pre-award due diligence tasks, review reports, trouble-shoot reporting problems, and process payment requests for grants and contracts. This position focuses on data integrity and data management in CI’s grants/contracts systems by entering and maintaining accurate data in the grants/contracts database, workflow management, running and disseminating standard reports, responding to ad hoc requests for data, and troubleshooting system issues.


Grants Management Systems

  • Support users of CI’s grants and contracts software;
  • Manage central user support email account;
  • Create new records in grants and contracts systems;
  • Track processing of new awards, amendments, payments and other internal approvals in the system;
  • Provide regular and ad hoc reports to programs derived from system generated data;
  • Run regular maintenance reports to validate accuracy of grants and contracts data;
  • Review requests for changes to active records in the system;
  • Track records that need to be closed;
  • Capture meeting minutes and action items from regular recurring meetings;

Grants and Contracts Policies & Processes

  • Perform security screening for new grants and contracts;
  • Request pre-award financial documents from organizations applying for grants and review submissions for completion;
  • Generate standard templates for agreements and amendments;
  • Process payments for grants and contracts;
  • Review standard financial reports for completion;
  • Track overdue reports, send reporting reminders and advise portfolio managers of reporting compliance issues;
  • Maintain SharePoint and Intranet content and document management for grants and contracts policies, templates, training and guidance materials;
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is based in Seattle, WA or Arlington, VA.
  • This is a full-time position.
  • Work is typically performed in an office environment.
  • The position may require occasional international travel.



  • The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years of professional experience preferably in support of a contracting or finance function within an international not for profit organization.
  • Strong administration skills, a proven ability to develop electronic filing systems and document management protocols;
  • Experience with web-based grants and contracts management systems;
  • Ability to navigate and provide support to colleagues on information systems used for grant and financial reporting, filing, online collaboration and file sharing;
  • Experience with sub-grantee financial reporting and payments;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work such that deadlines for standard and recurring tasks are consistently met with little exception;
  • Ability to review and understand data sets in various formats, look for inconsistencies in the data, identify trends, draw conclusions;
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a changing environment;
  • Highly organized with superior attention to detail;
  • High proficiency in office applications such as MS Outlook, Word and Excel;
  • Strong writing and business communication skills.
  • Experience using Salesforce
  • Experience using SharePoint


  • Written and spoken fluency in Spanish, French, or Portuguese.
  • Some knowledge of environment and international affairs

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Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

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