Associate Director, Foundation Relations, Demos

Location: New York, New York
Associate Director, Foundation Relations
New York, New York

About Dēmos 
Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Founded in 2000, the organization is headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, D.C. and Boston. Demos moves ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of everyday Americans through the full cycle of change. We champion over-the-horizon policy solutions, shift the narrative to clear the way for their acceptance, and advocate until they take effect. We use the right strategy for the right moment, whether it’s research or communications, supporting organizers or litigating. This commitment to the full cycle of change has resulted in real victories, from landmark credit card reforms to nearly 3 million new voter registration applications from low-income citizens. Throughout all of our work, Demos is advocating not just for people, but for the very idea of the people—of one nation, united by a shared fate.

Associate Director, Foundation Relations 
The Associate Director, Foundation Relations is the lead Development Team staff person overseeing the organization’s robust foundation fundraising. Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will provide proactive, strategic leadership and management of Demos’ foundation relationships. The Associate Director, Foundation Relations is a member of the Development Team; a talented team of seven staff. This position also directly manages the Grantwriter, as well as any outside grantwriting consultants (as needed). This position is located in Demos’ New York City office.
This is a unique opportunity for a talented fundraiser to help ensure an equal say and an equal chance for all in America.
Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:  
  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive foundations fundraising plan;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, coordinate the cultivation and stewardship of foundation relationships in support of Demos’ activities;
  • In concert with the Grantwriter, draft proposals, reports, concept papers, letters of intent and any other needed communications as well as staffing key Demos personnel and overseeing ongoing strategy for outreach; cultivating, securing and stewarding own portfolio of foundation funders and relationships;
  • Directly supervise the Grantwriter, conducting regulary check-ins, ensuring clarity on goals, developing space for feedback, and supporting professional development, in addition to overseeing that staff person’s assistance in the development of letters of inquiry, grant proposals, reports, and other relevant materials to deadline;
  • Lead on prospecting and research to develop new leads for foundation funding;
  • Work with the Director of Development to develop compelling funder communications as part of a broader outreach and ongoing engagement strategy;
  • Work with the Director of Development and senior staff to project and monitor foundation gifts towards one-year and multi-year revenue projections;
  • Help coordinate grant-related aspects of joint projects between Dēmos and partner organizations to ensure that funder requirements are met;
  • Other duties as assigned, from time to time, by the Director of Development.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills: Verbal and written communication is a significant component of this role, and the right candidate must possess proficient skills and have substantial experience with persuasive writing, understand writing to unique audiences, and editing other people’s work.
Demonstrated background in foundation fundraising: You’ve worked in development preferably at a think-tank, advocacy organization, grassroots organization, or political campaign, and are very familiar with the progressive field. You have significant experience raising money from foundations and have directly created grant prospect strategies, engaged in prospect cultivation, solicited gifts, and stewarded funders post-gift. You are flexible with an entrepreneurial spirit and can identify – and are willing to seize -- fundraising opportunities as they arise.
Intellectual Curiosity: You are naturally interested in the work of the organization and are eager to get ‘into the weeds’ with program staff. You have a demonstrated practice of continually educating yourself and staying up-to-date on organizational programs and priorities and you conduct your foundation relations work from a place of strong organizational understanding.
Exceptional detail-oriented project manager: You can delegate effectively, manage multiple priorities, organize a large volume of work and keep it flowing through the pipeline. You are a problem solver, tenacious, and proactive with the ability to get things done, and are comfortable working in a fluid, multiple-stakeholder environment. You come to the table with ideas and a plan, and can make it happen with support and guidance.
A demonstrated commitment to racial equity: You have a sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization.
The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience and skills:
A sense of humor.
Knowledge of political and electoral fundraising and/or 501c4 fundraising approaches.
Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $85,000- $95,000 and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 18 vacation days per year, 5 floating holidays per year, paid time off Dec. 25- Jan. 1, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.
Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
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