Footsteps is seeking a highly organized and relational professional to serve as the organization’s first Institutional Relations Manager. Core responsibilities will include cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations, organizing and maintaining institutional funder records in the donor database, and overseeing the full process of each grant. The Institutional Relations Manager will manage a grant writing consultant and play a critical role on Footsteps’ development team. The manager will be expected to skillfully handle a range of responsibilities, detailed below.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
In collaboration with the Director of Development, create a comprehensive strategy to sustain and grow a $1M institutional funding portfolio focused on private, family, and corporate foundations
Conduct research on institutional prospects, identifying and cultivating prospective foundations
Develop and execute stewardship and cultivation strategies to grow Footsteps’ funding base and increase investment and engagement among current funders
Collaborate with the Executive Director and senior program staff to solicit foundation grants
Represent Footsteps in external spaces, as needed
Build and maintain an internal calendar of grant proposal and report deadlines
Create, maintain, and update foundation records in the donor database, including all communications with donors, grant commitments, grant proposals, and deliverables
Clean up and organize the donor database to operate more efficiently
Build relationships and collaborate closely with program staff to ensure a strong working knowledge of Footsteps programs
Work closely with program and finance staff to ensure that proposed activities and budgets are executed as stipulated in grant materials
Writing and Editing
Manage activities of a part-time grant writing consultant, which includes reviewing, editing, and approving their deliverables
Ensure all grant proposals and reports are compelling, well-written, impact-driven, and story-focused
Passion for Footsteps’ mission and values
5+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience
Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and sustain relationships
Highly organized with strong attention to detail and commitment to documentation
Strong written and verbal communications skills; able to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to prospective and current funders
Comfort working in a fast-paced, growing organization, including flexibility to simultaneously perform a wide variety of tasks
Self-starter and able to work independently and in a team environment
Footsteps is an equal opportunity employer. Immigrants, people of color, formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals, LGBTQIA people, people with disabilities, and people who come from poor and working-class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Footsteps does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with Footsteps. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Footsteps supports and affirms individuals and families who have left, or are contemplating leaving, insular ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. We provide crucial peer and professional resources and support as people embrace the challenge to redefine their identities, build new communities, and establish self- determined lives. Footsteps nurtures a network of individuals so that they not only survive in their new world, but thrive. Since Footsteps’ founding in 2003, the organization has served 1,700 individuals and in 2019, our budget reached $3 million. To learn more visit www.footstepsorg.org.