Director of Foundation Relations

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization that fights for equity for all women and families. We’re passionate about making changes on big issues such as paid leave for all working families, equal pay for all women, and access to equitable, affordable health care that includes the abortion, reproductive, and maternal health care women need. We advocate on the Hill and for federal, state and local policy. We approach the issues we work on from an intersectional perspective that zeroes in on the combined impact of race and gender discrimination and centers the lived experience of women of color.

We are seeking a Director of Foundation Relations to join our dynamic development team. The National Partnership is engaged in an ongoing journey to make its own culture more equitable, diverse, and inclusive, and we have pledged to intentionally dismantle systemic racism, sexism, and oppression in all our work both internally and externally.

Our organization is undergoing an intensive change process to ensure that we are more equitable, diverse and inclusive in our big picture strategies as well as our everyday work. And we are continually working to attack racism, discrimination and oppression wherever we see it.

This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who is an experienced public policy professional who has worked in issue-based advocacy campaigns and has strong relationship building skills and a sophisticated understanding of racial equity. This position will work across the organization with the development and program teams.

Position Summary

The Director of Foundation Relations reports to the Vice President for Development and plays an integral role on the development team as the default primary point of contact for foundations. This position is responsible for overall management of the organization’s foundation fundraising and revenue and works both individually and with program colleagues to generate new foundation revenue and to steward existing foundation revenue and relationships. The Director of Foundation Relations works collaboratively and strategically with members of the development team and colleagues across the organization.

This is a terrific opportunity for a motivated team player with exceptional project management, writing and interpersonal skills. This position must be a quick study of complex subject matter and must be able to translate our policy advocacy work into compelling narrative, presentations, and other collateral.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan with executive leadership and program teams to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward new foundations and other types of institutional support as well as maintain and increase support from existing funders.
  • Collaborate with communications and data team to maintain accuracy of the donor tracking system and manage donor pipeline in the CRM database.
  • Participate in development department strategic planning, including budgeting and forecasting for grant funding; liaise with program and finance staff to monitor grant spending and deliverables.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or needed to advance the organization’s profile, prospects, and revenue.
  • When future resources allow for hire of a development/foundations associate, supervise and provide opportunities for professional growth and development through thoughtful and intentional management practices.
  • Research and develop policy initiatives that might align with corporate social responsibility and National Partnership issue areas.


  • Committed to racial equity with an awareness of how racism and discrimination create inequities that need to be addressed in order to integrate a racial justice lens into the work of fundraising.
  • Demonstrated success managing a seven-figure portfolio of foundation donors, including: prospect generation, solicitation, relationship cultivation, proposal and report writing, and tracking of relationships, budgets, timelines, and deliverables.
  • Excellent writing/editing and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to translate complex subject matter into compelling narrative, proposals, reports, presentations, and other collateral.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of developing and cultivating relationships with donors, stakeholders, and organizational colleagues.
  • Experience with prospect research and developing and executing successful cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • A self-motivated team player who can work independently in a dynamic environment and successfully manage multiple projects, priorities and timelines with minimal supervision.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office and experienced with using CRM systems.
  • Strong grasp of the role of advocacy in shaping public policy. Familiarity with advocacy work from direct experience, or experience with a think tank, foundation or similar organization a plus.


The National Partnership recognizes a staff bargaining unit, National Partnership United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in the NP United bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

Salary & Benefits

Starting compensation will be a minimum of $114,250 with exact salary based on experience. The National Partnership provides a competitive salary and a generous benefits package that includes paid sick time, paid federal holidays plus the last week of December, 3 weeks annual vacation time, health, dental, and vision coverage, 403B and SEP-IRA retirement options, and paid family and medical leave for eligible employees. Note that accrued vacation and sick time are currently suspended for new employees while the National Partnership temporarily offers ad-hoc unlimited administrative leave for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that we all have a range of care-giving needs, including self-care and care for others, during this challenging time.

This is a full-time position based in our Washington, D.C. office. In order to ensure the safety of our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, all National Partnership staff members are currently working remotely and are not travelling or holding in-person meetings. This position reports to the Vice President for Development.

Office and Team Culture

The National Partnership is a 45-person staff that fosters a collaborative culture. We have a casual work environment but we understand deadlines and know how to get things done. We promote collaborative work processes and encourage staff to pursue professional development and lifetime learning.

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Please submit your resume for consideration. All applications accepted until November, 26th, 2021.

The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to racial equity and social justice. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Please see EEO is the Law and Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.