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Deputy Director of Foundation Relations
Roosevelt Institute in New York, New York
 
 
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Date Posted 12/27/2017
Category
Philanthropy-Foundation Relations
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Roosevelt Institute has an amazing story to tell. In July 2016, we were profiled by The New York Times Magazine for our role in advancing progressive policy change. If you’re looking for a career that transforms, inspires, challenges, and rewards you, then come join us.

At Roosevelt, you can build a rewarding career with challenging and meaningful work; create a positive, lasting impact; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We recognize that the culture of the workplace and opportunities for career growth and development are important to all. We believe that diversity of background
and experience among our people make our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger.

Roosevelt is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, affirms in policy and practice to consider all applications in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or other legally protected status. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. There is handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender-neutral bathroom on site.

*Our mission*

Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they're not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st-century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have a local and national impact. We advance this mission through the work of our staff, fellows, and network of students and alumni.

Roosevelt is taking on some of the biggest issues facing our economy and society and putting out bold, cutting-edge research and policies. Our work ranges from thinking about how we restructure the world of finance to changing the way colleges and universities invest in their communities. In the past two years, we released a bold agenda to rewrite the rules of the American economy which the Washington Post called a new manifesto for fighting inequality; framed the issues of financialization and corporate short-termism and issued a policy agenda that influenced the presidential race and key lawmakers; and crowd-sourced a blueprint for young people’s policy priorities.

*Overview of the Position*

Working closely with the Director of Development and CEO, the Deputy Director of Foundation Relations will play a leadership role in the Roosevelt Institute’s foundation fundraising. Responsibilities include: grant writing and stewardship management for a portfolio of foundation donors to raise $4m annually; maintaining a data management system as a source for accurate donor relations updates, grant deadlines, funding
strategies, and goal setting; collaborating with the team on logistics, communications, and donor cultivation/stewardship; conducting research and analysis on grants, donors and prospects; and other related activities. The Deputy Director will supervise and be supported by a Senior Development Associate focused on foundation fundraising.

*Responsibilities*

Work closely with Director of Development, CEO, and other senior staff and advisors to develop and implement foundation fundraising strategy for the Roosevelt Institute.

- Work closely with Director of Development, CEO, and other senior staff and advisors to develop and implement foundation fundraising strategy for the Roosevelt Institute.
- Manage all foundation deadlines, including reports, proposals, LOIs, concept papers, and follow up emails and meetings, among others, to ensure internal and external deadlines are met. Create and maintain a deadline-driven calendar of all activities related to foundation giving including: research grant guidelines, submit all grant materials, and conduct appropriate follow-up on time.
- Conduct the full range of activities required to research, write, prepare, and submit grant proposals to foundations and corporations. This includes: collaborating with staff to write, edit and proofread complex grant proposals and reports; ensuring accuracy of all proposal attachments; and developing grant budgets and budget narratives.
- Support planning and execution of meetings with foundation staff, research and draft briefings for executive leadership in advance of foundation meetings, and prepare senior staff for foundation meetings and phone calls.
- Liaise with program and finance staff to monitor grant spending.
- Work with Director of Development and external relations team to craft other donor-facing materials as needed.
- Collaborate with other fundraisers in the development team, including the individual giving program, and staff members across the Roosevelt Institute.
- Supervise Senior Development Associate and coordinate with contract writers as needed.
- Coach and mentor direct reports and team members, cultivating and sustaining a strong, team-oriented culture with emphasis on results and accountability.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person holding this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The Roosevelt Institute reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.

*Qualifications and Skills*

Bachelor’s degree required and 5 years of Nonprofit fundraising, focus on grant writing and foundation fundraising, of which one of the five years of experience included supervisory responsibilities

- Excellent writing and editing skills.
- Proven experience managing, prioritizing, and meeting multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Highly efficient in time management and able to meet deadlines under pressure.
- Ability to collect, synthesize, and process information quickly and with accuracy.
- Ability to present complex programmatic strategies and activities in narratives that are approachable for and tailored to specific funder audiences.
- Superior active listening, observation, analytical and problem recognition and solving skills.
- Understanding of philanthropic environment, best practices in fundraising, and the field in which Roosevelt works.
- Highly organized, with outstanding attention to detail.
- Project and staff management experience.
- •Experience preparing and formatting grant budgets, grant financial reports, and other financial documents required to secure and report on grants. A track record of achieving financial goals is essential.
- Experience using donor databases like Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, etc.
- Prior experience with grants management a plus.

If you are interested in joining our vibrant community, please forward your application materials (cover letter and resume/CV). No phone calls please. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2018. Initial interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. We will only contact
applicants who are being considered for interviews.

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