Federal Affairs Program Manager

Washington, D.C.

Position Summary

The Federal Affairs Program Manager is responsible for planning and implementing a program to secure grant support for The Trust for Public Land's urban-related projects and programs, which create parks, playgrounds, trails, urban farms, community gardens, and greenspace in metropolitan areas.

Under the supervision of the Director of Federal Grants and Program Development and working with state/field office staff, the Federal Affairs Program Manager will initiate and manage grant proposals for Parks for People field offices and initiatives such as Climate Smart Cities, Fitness Zones®, Creative Placemaking, and Green Infrastructure programs. The successful candidate must have excellent writing and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to effectively articulate the mission, programs and projects of the organization, and ability to meet deadlines. The Program Manager position is based in The Trust for Public Land's Washington, DC office.

Essential Functions

  • Support the Director of Federal Grants and Program Development by executing The Trust for Public Land’s federal funding strategy and securing urban grants ranging from $25,000 to million dollar awards.
  • Collaborate with internal partners (Parks for People program directors and project staff, development colleagues, and Federal Affairs staff) to understand organizational programming and federal funding opportunities, and pursue grants in support of these goals.
  • Help identify funding opportunities; initiate, write, edit, and submit grant proposals, reports, and other correspondence for federal funding opportunities (i.e., DOT, EPA, HUD, NEA, NOAA, etc.) and other institutional supporters as needed.
  • Plan and monitor timeline of activities for each agency including proposal due dates, follow-up deadlines, awards announcements, and reporting dates.
  • Manage simultaneous proposals and strategies while meeting required deadlines and provide regular updates to the Director of Federal Grants and Program Development.
  • Coordinate with project staff, finance directors, state directors, and development staff to develop proposal budgets and to monitor accountability for grant contracts
  • As time allows, provide staff support for state project proposals in connection with conservation, restoration, and project transactions.
  • Travel periodically to field offices to meet with project staff.
  • Follow organizational policies and procedures for grant approvals and grant acceptance.
  • Adherence to the organization's Principles and Practice for Fundraisers and the AFP Code of Ethics.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 4 years experience in direct fundraising, including grant writing, drafting proposals and reports, and budgeting in a related field such as parks, conservation, urban planning, design, and/or sustainability.
  • Strong familiarity with federal agency Requests for Proposals and expertise in Grants.gov, NEA GrantsOnline System (NEA-GO), and Easy Grants submission systems.
  • Ability to write and edit persuasive materials including grant proposals, reports, letters of support, interim reports, stewardship materials, and informational memoranda.
  • Self-motivation: must be able to work effectively without close supervision and with a variety of people within the organization to keep a number of deadlines moving simultaneously and to provide stewardship for funders. Must display a mature approach to problem solving and be able to produce in an decentralized work environment, based on setting own agenda and priorities.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a team, and a willingness to participate in activities and assignments that will benefit other members of the team or will contribute to the accomplishment of team objectives.
  • Willingness to accept liaison and special project assignments, and the ability to represent various state initiatives to prospects effectively and equitably.
  • Appreciation of the parks and conservation mission of The Trust for Public Land and the ability to market conservation effectively and with enthusiasm.
  • Basic accounting and aptitude with numbers; ability to develop familiarity with the organization's finance system by coordinating with finance directors.
How to Apply: 

Please apply online.