Director of Foundation Relations
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit national research and analysis organization, is seeking a Director of Foundation Relations to join the Center’s Development Department. The Director also serves as a senior writer for the Department.
The Center is one of the leading organizations in the country working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals. It has attained a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing policy ideas and strategies, and influencing a broad array of policy decisions at the federal and state level. The Center works on budget and tax policy, health care, social insurance, trends in poverty and income distribution, and a range of programs important to low-income people. The Center’s funding is provided by private foundations and individuals.
Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the Director of Foundation Relations works closely with the senior management team and other development writers and staff to develop and implement strategies to strengthen the Center’s relationships with institutional funders, identify and cultivate new institutional funders, and secure funding from these institutions adequate to the Center’s needs. The Director produces key documents for funders and helps to ensure that materials for foundation partners – proposals, concept papers, reports, updates, collateral materials, etc. – are compelling, responsive to funder interests, timely, accurate, and consistent with the Center’s goals for each funder. The Director provides support and guidance to program directors, members of the development team, and other staffers to help them generate conversations, meetings, and documents that further the Center’s goals with institutional funders.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Serve as a writer or reviewer on key documents for major foundations and other audiences.
- Serve on the senior development team with a special focus on institutional foundations; help ensure that the team generates and implements plans to strengthen relationships with key foundation program officers; help support the President and other senior leaders as they work with foundation staff;
- Work closely with senior staff and the development team to ensure that foundation funders’ interests and grantmaking are monitored; stewardship and renewal activities are coordinated; and that funders are informed of the Center’s work.
- Serve as the relationship manager for several key funders.
- Manage prospecting and cultivation activities for foundation funders with the goal of securing new funding partners and maximizing funding for specific Center programs and projects.
- Coordinate and support special projects related to foundation fundraising, e.g., securing funding for new or growing Center initiatives, meeting challenge grants, organizing briefings and other convenings, etc.
- Collaborate with writers and other team members to track Center activities and accomplishments and ensure that funder updates, reports, and proposals reflect the Center’s most important and timely work.
Qualifications & Requirements
- Bachelor or advanced degree with at least 8 years of experience in a nonprofit, association, or similar organization; experience with fundraising/development with a focus on foundations is required.
- Exceptional written and oral communications skills. Demonstrated ability to grasp and communicate complex policy ideas and the goals of our work in a clear, accessible and compelling way. Ability to write in the voice of the Center and its departments.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- Willingness to take initiative to make improvements, enhance departmental efficiency, proactively solve problems, and deal with change.
- Demonstrated strategic vision and organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects and move quickly from one to another. Ability to be flexible and balance competing priorities.
- Thoroughness, and an ability to meet deadlines.
- Proficiency in fundraising software applications a plus.
Compensation: The salary is commensurate with experience. Center staff are offered excellent benefits including two options for health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, generous vacation, sick leave and holidays.
Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:
Director of Foundation Relations
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
820 First Street, NE, Ste. 510
Washington, DC 20002
The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.