AU is seeking a Foundations Relations Officer with a proven
record of developing winning proposals and compelling reports to
implement and grow our foundation fundraising. AU has a new
five-year strategic plan that requires aggressive growth to support
movement building and active legislative and litigation work.
The Foundation Relations Officer will play a critical role in
bringing new visibility and financial support to AU in line with
the strategic plan. The successful candidate will be
responsible for growing the foundation program and managing an
- Identify, develop, and manage strategic relationships with
private and corporate foundations, including cultivation,
solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors.
- Actively develop and implement a plan for growth, including
identification and engagement of new foundation
- Write compelling 5, 6 and 7+ figure proposals reflecting
priority programs and initiatives.
- Manage the reporting and stewardship calendar for the
foundations portfolio, including timely and accurate submissions,
on-site visits, reporting, and management of proposals.
- Coordinate closely with colleagues across AU in the development
of proposals and relationship stewardship, incorporating AU
leadership in foundation meetings/calls as necessary.
- Provide strategy support to the Chief Development Officer, key
volunteers, and others for foundation cultivation and
- Utilize best practices for tracking, acknowledgement, and
reporting to AU’s foundation partners.
- Work with program and finance departments to develop proposals
and reports that accurately reflect AU’s principles and
- Track and report progress using specific metrics.
- Participate in appropriate professional development activities
to keep current with issues and trends in the fundraising
- Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned.
- Undergraduate degree.
- 3 - 5 years of corporate partnership, institutional
fundraising, grant management, grants writing and/or external
- Established track record of successful grant proposals from a
- Strong research skills.
- Work within an advocacy organization, while not required, would
- Strong oral communication, written communication, and
- Excellent organizational and people skills.
- The ability to maintain accountability and to work
independently and creatively, while functioning as part of a
cooperative and coordinated team.
- Advocate for church-state separation issues with a
worldview that aligns with AU's mission.
- Tact and diplomacy in building strong working relationships
- Capacity to manage multiple tasks and negotiate several
- Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including
weekends, evenings, and to maintain a travel schedule necessary to
visit donors and prospective donors.
Americans United uses high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying
and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:
- Religion does not dictate public
- The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how
to practice their
- Discrimination is not justified under the guise of
Through a strong, diverse national supporter network, both on
the ground and online, AU defends the separation of church and
state and protects religious freedom for all in communities across
the country. Americans United is a 501(c)(3) organization and is
headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Americans United is an equal-opportunity employer and places
strong emphasis on a diverse environment in which individuals
are valued regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity,
cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, or any other
Competitive Salary and Generous Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. Americans United offers
a comprehensive benefit package including health care, dental,
vision, life insurance, short –term and long-term disability,
401(k) with match and commuter subsidy.
Location/Region: Washington, DC (20005)