The Director of Institutional Relations will be responsible for organizational efforts to secure new and continued foundation and agency funding for priority programs and manage all aspects of Point Blue’s institutional relations. Reporting to the Chief Science Officer, the Director will collaborate with leaders across the organization including Development and Program (Group) Leadership to understand and solicit support for strategic initiatives. This role will also monitor and produce required reporting for projects and grants, develop foundation proposals and reports, engage with staff scientists in the production of technical proposals, and support the advancement staff in formal communications to major donors.

The Director, along with the Science Grant Writer will maintain foundation and agency support at the current level of $4 million annually and grow support among current and new funders. The current foundation and agency portfolio includes a robust mix of annual and multiyear grants that support a wide variety of programmatic needs. Continuing Point Blue’s excellent relationships with funders and expertly communicating the results of current work and the requirements to accomplish future work will be an important focus of this role.

In additional to well-demonstrated interpersonal skills, this role requires significant project management, writing and editing skills, detail-orientation and the ability to learn Point Blue’s conservation work and communicate it with passion and accuracy.

Point Blue has over 120 current conservation projects, approximately half of which are funded through contracts. Currently income by source is roughly 50% from contracts, 30% from foundations, and 20% from individuals. Much of Point Blue’s work is funded by contracts and government agency grants secured by the science staff who are the primary contacts and producers of the contracts. This role plays an important role in supporting the development of matching funds as required in their grants and by supplementing funding for important, strategic, but underfunded research and outreach programs to drive the organization’s overarching goals. The Director will be expected to understand the work of Point Blue’s conservation scientists and develop a fluency in describing their work clearly and accurately to inspire support through relationship building with key contacts and in written form.






PROFESSIOINAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                    

A successful Director of Institutional Relations will likely have:




Interested candidates should send their resume, cover letter and salary expectations to: Nancy Painter,


Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in a uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.