Alliance for Justice is seeking a dynamic and accomplished program manager to join our Bolder Advocacy team and lead our new Foundation Advocacy program.  This individual should have a deep knowledge of the foundation space and a passion for the role that advocacy can play in achieving a more fair and just society for all.  AFJ invites applications from candidates who share our passion for strengthening the role of the philanthropic sector in promoting advocacy in funding priorities and in furtherance of their own mission and objectives. AFJ is dedicated to hiring a manager for this program that reflects the diversity of the nonprofits and foundations with which we work. We are committed to fostering an inclusive work culture where staff of all backgrounds feel welcome.

The Foundation Advocacy initiative has three primary goals:

  • To encourage those foundations already in the advocacy space to accelerate their engagement in the advocacy arena and explore new avenues for doing so;
  • To educate foundations, not deeply engaged in advocacy, about the range of avenues available to them; and
  • To respond to the growing demand from philanthropy serving organizations for advocacy support and training.

Job Description

As a national expert and leader in foundation support for advocacy, the Manager for Foundation Advocacy will conceptualize and implement a variety of outreach and educational programs for foundations and philanthropy-serving organizations to expand their investment in advocacy at the foundation level and among their grantees. They will also work to ensure that new information, ideas, and tools are readily available to leaders in the foundation field and serve as a thought leader on the role that philanthropy can play in supporting advocacy. The position is based in the Washington, DC office and will report to the Director of Bolder Advocacy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Bolder Advocacy headquarters and field staff to deliver trainings, speeches, and networking activities to all levels of foundation staff, including presidents, general counsel, program staff, grants managers, and trustees.
  • Lead marketing and outreach efforts to foundations, grantmaking associations, and other philanthropic support organizations about Bolder Advocacy’s resources and mission.
  • Further AFJ’s role as a thought leader in the foundation advocacy space through public speaking appearances; the conception and execution of think pieces and research projects on philanthropy and advocacy; and individual outreach to leaders in the philanthropic field.
  • Work with the Communications Team to conceptualize, develop, and implement new web and social content; publications and other written resources; live and web streamed events; and workshops and trainings that encourage and enable foundations to support, engage in, and evaluate advocacy.
  • Support AFJ’s Development Team in raising funds for the Foundation Advocacy project.
  • Develop a detailed work plan and budget for a coordinated Foundation Advocacy initiative.
  • Keep up to date on information and trends regarding philanthropy and advocacy.
  • Work collaboratively with other Bolder Advocacy staff, as well as AFJ’s Outreach, Development, and Communications teams.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 5-7 years of experience in nonprofit, foundation, communications, or related fields.
  • Familiarity with the legal rules for foundation advocacy and grantmaking (preferred).
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, and to manage multiple tasks and shifting priorities.
  • Ability to travel frequently, occasionally on short notice.
  • Commitment to social justice causes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills (one-on-one and in a group format), cultural competency, strong listening skills, patience, and a sense of humor.
  • Commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into work we do, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.

Direct Reports

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC and requires heavy use of computers and phones.  Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with option to telework two days a month. Some occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.  Local and occasional national travel.

Our employees share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Salary range is $80,000-$90,000, commensurate with experience. Position includes health insurance, retirement, and other benefits.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants please reference Foundation Advocacy Project Manager in your subject line and submit a 1-2 page letter of interest and resume to Alicia Peyton at [email protected].  (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE). You can also click here to apply online.

AFJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AFJ prohibits discrimination against its employees and applicants for employment based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, sero-status and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or income.


This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all-inclusive.  The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required.  Responsibilities may change over time.  This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.