Manager of Foundation Relations

Washington D.C.
Commensurate w/experience
Jan 12, 2018
Feb 16, 2018
Fundraising, Other
Full Time

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a talented and experienced grant writer to join its Development team as Manager of Foundation Relations.  The Manager of Foundation Relations will support foundation fundraising efforts across all of the Center’s program areas, with an emphasis on fundraising for the education program, and will serve as a key member of a team that is expanding networks of and deepening relationships with individual, corporate, law firm, and foundation donors for this leading women’s rights organization.

The Manager of Foundation Relations will report directly to the Senior Managers of Foundation Relations.  This is an exempt position.

§Overview of NWLC

We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives- at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income – and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation. The Center has a staff of more than 70 and an annual budget of more than $13 million.  For more information on the Center, visit

§Key Responsibilities

  • Develop detailed proposals and reports for the Center’s foundation funders across the Center’s program areas, with an emphasis on education fundraising, in collaboration with the Senior Managers of Foundation Relations.



  • Develop issue-specific projects/programs and related budgets in collaboration with the Senior Managers of Foundation Relations, Vice President for Development, and program and finance staff as appropriate.
  • Track project/program activities and expenses in collaboration with the Senior Managers of Foundation Relations, Vice President for Development, program staff, and finance staff.
  • Maintain and track pertinent foundation outreach—including cultivations, solicitations, and other activities—in Raiser’s Edge and other tracking systems.
  • Directly manage a portfolio of foundation funders.
  • Engage in grant stewardship, cultivation, and regular communications with foundation staff.
  • Engage in foundation prospect research and cultivation.
  • Under the direction of the Senior Managers of Foundation Relations and in collaboration with the Vice President for Development and colleagues in Finance, assist in developing and monitoring the Center’s annual and longer-term revenue plan and the Development department’s annual budget as they relate to foundation support. 

§Key Relationships

  • The Manager of Foundation Relations will report directly to the Senior Managers of Foundation Relations.  The Manager will collaborate with the Vice President for Development and key program staff, as well as the President and CEO and Senior Vice President for External Affairs and colleagues in Development, Finance, and Communications.  The Manager will oversee relevant projects delegated to the Development Assistant and Development Interns.

§The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following attributes:



  • Genuine passion for and understanding of the mission of the National Women’s Law Center and women’s rights issues;
  • At least 3 years of progressively responsible development experience, including significant experience in writing foundation grant proposals and reports, preferably at a major national advocacy organization;



  • Proven track record in building and maintaining successful relationships with foundations;
  • Superior oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write in compelling language about the Center’s work and to prepare complex proposals, reports and related materials;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term relationships, including experience leveraging executive-level staff to achieve fundraising success;
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects and perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential information regarding the Center’s business and sensitive donor information; high degree of self-motivation, personal discipline and integrity;
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) and prospect research tools required;
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment;



  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule when required.




Compensation will be both competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.

§To Apply

Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume, and list of references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send materials to and include position title in the subject line. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources Department, National Women's Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185. Applications accepted until position is filled.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities, women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

  • Reasonable Accommodations

As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to:

National Women’s Law Center

ATTN: Human Resources Director

11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036

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