Foundation Relations Manager

 

Partner: Foundation for Economic Education

Location:  Atlanta / Remote

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Since 1946, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) has been a leader in teaching the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society.  Today, FEE engages millions of high school and college students with sound free-market economics, principles of limited government, and ethical leadership to become tomorrow’s leaders, voters, educators, entrepreneurs, and parents who advance the cause of liberty.

FEE seeks a mission-aligned Foundation Relations Manager to join its development team to be the key foundations’ relationship manager to help spearhead new fundraising initiatives for enhanced educational resources for Gen Z. This position reports directly to the Director of Development and is based out of FEE’s headquarters in Atlanta. Preference will be given to candidates who relocate to Atlanta. FEE will make an exception for the exceptional candidate who presents a credible plan for succeeding in this position while working remotely. Salary is commensurate with knowledge of liberty movement foundations and familiarity with grant management and prospect research.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL SNAPSHOT

VISION

To realize a world where the ideas of liberty are familiar, credible, and compelling to the rising generation.

KEY PROGRAM AREAS

Engaging student workshops, compelling high-quality media, educator resources, and timely written content across multiple platforms in both English and Spanish.

CORE PRINCIPLES

  • Free Enterprise
  • Entrepreneurial Value Creation
  • Private Property
  • Limited Government
  • High Moral Character

GOVERNING STRUCTURE

Board of Trustees

LOCATION

Atlanta, GA

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

40 FTE

ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET

$7,200,000

 

THE FOUNDATION RELATIONS MANAGER ROLE

The foundation relations manager will work in partnership with development, communications, and programs teams to promote a full range of development activities.  Primary responsibilities include building relationships with key foundations, writing grant proposals tailored to FEE’s strategic priorities, and submitting timely reports for all grant-funded projects.

One of the key responsibilities will be to understand FEE’s growth objectives and the strategic priorities for achieving that growth.  As a result, the manager will also play an instrumental role in framing core messaging in major donor communications, such as the prospectus and quarterly reports.

Core responsibilities include:

  1. Foundation Relations—establish relationships with grant and compliance officers at major foundations where FEE has ongoing grants and/or proposals; implement donor stewardship and cultivation strategies, routinely reaching out to strengthen relationships and alignment with giving priorities.
  2. Grant Management—prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and deadlines; draft regular reports for ongoing grants and comply with all grant reporting requirements; track metrics relevant to reporting requirements for grants; and maintain records in database that track touch points, grant applications, deadlines, and renewals.
  3. Foundations Research—research prospective foundations and grant requirements, research new grant opportunities with corporations or family foundations for high-net-worth individuals.
  4. Development Messaging and Strategy—work with FEE product teams to create grant proposals that advance strategic priorities; contribute to prospective and quarterly donor reports to highlight donor messaging and results/impact of giving; and assist with other fundraising projects as requested.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have 2-5+ years experience working in some donor relations capacity and reflect superior verbal and written communication skills. The position requires a highly motivated individual who can manage the grant applications, reports and metrics, and relationships. Moreover, a highly thoughtful and strategic mindset to identify funding opportunities in collaboration with team members is critical in advancing FEE’s mission. He or she will also:

  • Reflect a personal commitment to FEE’s mission and an ability to articulate that mission persuasively to others.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal effectiveness to establish trustworthy relationships with foundation program officers.
  • Take a proactive disposition toward responsibilities and identified opportunities.
  • Facilitate constructive conversations around strategic initiatives and potential grantors.
  • Be highly organized, adept at time and project management, and detail oriented.
  • Organize disparate pieces of information into compelling narratives to shape impact of giving and have superior messaging insight.
  • Be able to effectively use Salesforce and Microsoft Office.
  • Travel for FEE events and company meetings.

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