Grants & Contracts Associate, Operations

Grants & Contracts Washington, District of Columbia

Program Overview

WRI's Office of Grants and Contracts supports our programs, centers and international offices with both funding award and sub-award administration support, as well as procurement and compliance guidance.

Job Summary

In this position, you will work with the Grants and Contracts Director in overseeing the financial and compliance management of WRI’s grants, contracts, and sub-awards. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop, maintain, and process the grants/contracts records that help WRI meet legal and auditing requirements
  • Review and approve agreements in accordance with WRI policies and regulations of funders including the US government
  • Assess capacity and measure the risk of prospective partners, and monitor existing subgrantees in accordance with policies and regulations as applicable
  • Respond and manage inquiries from program and project staff in Washington, DC and WRI international offices, referring questions as necessary to the relevant DC expert
  • Review grant and contract action requests for completeness, and correspond with requestors to ensure the submission documentation is complete
  • Facilitate closeout of subgrants and contracts to partners and vendors, and of grants and contracts to WRI
  • Monitor life of grant reporting requirements and keep program staff aware of upcoming deadlines
  • Help maintain user-friendly grants and contract resources, and train staff on the same
  • Assist in preparation for annual audits, including a review of documentation in support of audit
  • Contribute to a team effort that seeks ongoing, reasonable improvement to quality and efficiency
  • Any other items that are assigned by Grants & Contracts Director

Job Qualifications

  • Three+ years of full-time experience in both grants and contracts administration
  • Master's degree in related field, or bachelor's degree with two+ years of additional experience
  • Working knowledge and experience applying US Government regulations including FAR or 2 CFR 200 
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Attention to deadlines and detail-oriented, particularly with regard to donor agreements, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Team player and able to work independently
  • Strong MS Office skills
  • Salesforce and/or SharePoint experience
  • US work authorization is required for this position. WRI is unable to provide visa support.

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter along with your application. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Overview 

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, watersustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect. 

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact. 

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $120 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.