Ms Foundation for Women

About Ms. Foundation for Women:

The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to keep women’s rights intact, to keep lawmakers in check, to protect and fortify our fragile successes, and to secure the same rights and opportunities for all women in the US — especially those whose voices are muted because of their economic realities and everyday challenges.

We fight to eliminate barriers for all women. Because to secure a better future for ourselves, our families, our communities, this is a fight we can’t afford to lose.

Position Summary

The Director, Institutional Partnerships strengthens and expands institutional fundraising efforts to increase revenue. This position works with outside foundations, corporations, the CEO, the VP of Development and program staff internally to manage and implement a strategy for development of new and sustained revenue in all program and operational areas.  This position reports to the Vice President of Development.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Maintain and expand support for the Ms. Foundation’s programs and initiatives, including prospecting, proposal and report writing, relationship management, and tracking
  • Conduct strategic planning, in partnership with senior leadership, in order to grow new foundation and corporate funding sources as well as sustaining existing ones
  • Work closely with program, communications and advocacy staff to strategize on, develop content for, and execute development strategies and proposals for foundations
  • Manage the prospect portfolio and ensure that cultivation and solicitation strategies are carried through by relevant staff and board
  • Track proposal and reporting deadlines and departmental performance against goals
  • Identify, research and pursue new funding sources and supervise research staff towards this goal
  • Develop annual foundation fundraising strategies and forecasting in assigned program areas, including the development of new initiatives as needed
  • Supervise and/or execute relevant grants administration, including participation in tracking grant financials, narrative and financial report preparation, as well as developing budgets, timelines and project deliverables
  • Participate in the maintenance of strong donor database records
  • Work with department Directors on individual prospects for foundation or corporate gifts
  • Work with program and executive staff to communicate Development needs for proposals and work with the other departments to develop effective programs that will be attractive to funders
  • Develop a deep understanding of program content and organizational priorities to ensure integrity and quality of proposal writing
  • Manage an institutional funding calendar that includes an expanded slate of institutional funder opportunities
  • Supervise staff to meet department goals
  • Develop briefings on the progress of the Ms. Foundation’s programmatic initiatives for institutional funder updates and ongoing communications
  • Develop prospect lists and briefings for senior staff trips to new cities
  • Manage and strategize on institutional communications and mailings
  • Travel for program and development-related activities as needed

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate will be a feminist with a passion and commitment to the Foundation’s mission. While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Minimum of 5-8 years of experience in foundations/institutional grant writing and development for a non-profit organization or charitable foundation
  • Proven systematic experience in prospecting and growing new sources of revenue from foundations
  • College degree required, advanced degree preferred
  • Ability to forecast revenue accurately and maintain an expense budget
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to educate other staff on what specific elements are needed to deliver programmatic outcomes
  • Extensive experience working with or for a grant-making foundation, and existing relationships in the New York foundation funding community
  • Demonstrated superior writing and organizational skills
  • A keen ability to synthesize large amounts of information from leadership team members and program staff into a cohesive, compelling and executable funding proposal
  • Experience in managing, developing and revising budgets for grant proposals
  • Superior Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills
  • Intellectual curiosity and the ability to learn quickly, ask probing questions and synthesize information from an array of sources in order to determine next steps
  • Ability to successfully execute multiple, simultaneous projects on time and with quality results
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and to work collaboratively
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the Ms. Foundation for Women
  • People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Ms. Foundation for Women, and to apply for this position, please submit a detailed cover letter and resume: www.forwomen.org

The Ms. Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation.