Senior Foundation Fundraising Manager

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NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C.

NRDC is seeking a Senior Foundation Fundraising Manager, to work with the Development team in one of our U.S.-based offices.

Position Summary
NRDC seeks an experienced Senior Portfolio Manager (PM) to join the Foundation Relations team with primary responsibility for the successful planning and execution of cultivation and fundraising strategies designed to deepen foundation funder engagement in support of NRDC’s most important advocacy goals. The Foundations Relations team collectively raises between $47 million and $50 million per year.

The Senior Foundation Fundraising Manager will be responsible for managing a portfolio of U.S.-based foundations, working strategically and collaboratively to help meet institutional fundraising goals. The Portfolio Manager works closely with foundation program officers, NRDC experts, Development leadership, grant writers, and others to develop strategic approaches to funding opportunities. The Portfolio Manager is a key part of the Foundation Relations team within the Development Department and is expected to be a resource for colleagues.

The ideal candidate will be one with significant experience working in a high-volume foundation fundraising capacity, an ability to craft fundraising strategies and communications in clear and compelling language, and a personal commitment to environmental advocacy.
  • Relationship manager for a portfolio of foundation donors
    • Developing fundraising strategy for proposals and reports
    • Responding in a timely manner and meeting all deadlines
    • Providing regular updates to the program officer(s)
    • Identifying expanded opportunities for engagement
    • Staying current on foundation news, priorities and informing key staff as needed
  • Liaison between program/department staff and the donor
    • Advising on managing the relationships with program officers
    • Keeping NRDC staff focused on institutional priorities and needs
    • Participating in program/department retreats and working groups
    • Looking for opportunities for growing funding and promoting institutional collaboration
    • Working collaboratively to develop projects and limit target increases
  • Development team member
    • Serving as a resource for colleagues
    • Maintaining clear, timely records
    • Sharing ideas
    • Setting clear goals and providing regular updates towards meeting goals
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 4-7 years’ experience in raising funds from foundations
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and environmental foundations preferred
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to develop fundraising strategies working in conjunction with
  • program experts and Development leadership
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain enduring relationships with foundation program
  • officers and colleagues
  • Superior writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop proposals, reports and other
  • materials, including budgets and financial reports
  • Organizational skills; ability to prioritize, delegate, and simultaneously oversee multiple streams of work to meet overlapping deadlines
  • Detail oriented with high standards of excellence
  • Commitment to principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries,
excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. Internal equity will be reviewed and considered to determine a final offer. For this position, the salary range is $109,000 to $120,500.

Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, and we ask them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues. We call this purposeful presence.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

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