Organizational Background

Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a 501(c)(3) national association of 120 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For over forty years, AFJ has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of the courts, fight for a more equitable society on behalf environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, immigrant, health, and LGBTQ groups, and fight the racism embedded in our justice system. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives. Today our work is more important than ever, and we are heartened to see millions across the country take to the streets calling for vibrant social and political transformations in our democracy.

AFJ has two core programs:

  • The Justice Program focuses on ensuring that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all;
  • The Bolder Advocacy Program works with nonprofits and foundations to help them navigate the rules surrounding 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and PAC rules so they can be more courageous in their advocacy.

Alliance for Justice Action Campaign (AFJ Action), an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, promotes the importance of the courts with a goal of advancing core constitutional values, preserving human rights, securing unfettered access to the judicial system, and guaranteeing the even-handed administration of justice.  AFJ Action also serves as the nation’s leading resource on the legal framework for 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy efforts. While driven by the same core values of an independent and fair judiciary, and nonprofit advocacy, AFJ and AFJ Action are independent organizations and have separate boards

Position Overview

We are seeking a Senior Manager, Foundation Relations to serve in a vital position to advance the Alliance for Justice’s and AFJ Action Campaign’s missions. You will join a high-performing Development team charged with raising $8+ million annually from a diverse base of supporters: major donors, family/personal foundations, national and regional foundations, direct response contributors, law firms, and via our annual events.

This position fills a senior role within the Development Department. Besides a primary role securing major grants from institutional foundations and philanthropies, you also will guide and collaborate with AFJ/AFJ Action’s leaders and staff, who are among the nation’s preeminent democracy and justice policy reformers.

This position requires deft abilities to discuss and describe AFJ/AFJ Action’s policy and legal goals, and the activities and strategies employed to reach them. A successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills that enable effective philanthropic relationships. Another key qualification: an appetite for juggling multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment that often operates in “campaign” mode.

This role reports to and closely collaborates with the VP of Institutional Advancement.

Key Responsibilities

Along with the VP of Institutional Advancement, the Senior Manager, Foundation Relations will serve a critical role in raising funding from institutional foundations and philanthropies. The full foundations portfolio brings in approximately $6 million annually and consists of more than 60 active grants.  To reach these revenue goals, the Senior Manager, Foundations Relations will work closely with the VP of Institutional Advancement to develop and implement strategies aimed at securing renewed or increased support from existing funders. Another focus is to identify and cultivate prospects to raise new funding. Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage a subset of the foundation portfolio, with a focus on deepening partnerships to secure renewed and expanded support.
  • Identify prospects and implement approaches to secure new funding for AFJ/AFJ Action. Stay abreast of philanthropic trends and foundation giving.
  • Project manage and guide AFJ/AFJ Action’s program leaders and staff who participate in foundation relations and proposal pitches.
  • Write and edit strategy memos, regular programmatic updates, and other donor communications – all strategically framed for each foundation’s specific interests.
  • Oversee and edit full packages of grant proposals and reports, including budgets and financial narratives and other specific institutional information – fostering accurate, high-quality presentations.
  • Serve as primary writer and producer for select proposal and report packages, and as needed.
  • Lead the planning and execution of meetings with foundation leaders/staff, and donor advisors. This includes overseeing or conducting donor research and preparing written and in-person briefings for AFJ/AFJ Action’s program leaders.
  • Advise and guide AFJ/AFJ Action’s leaders on all aspects of engagement with foundation staff.
  • Represent AFJ/AFJ Action at meetings, both alone and alongside AFJ/AFJ Action’s leaders.
  • Make funding asks – both in person and written. 
  • Monitor performance toward meeting revenue projections, meet fundraising goals, and work plans.

 Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, advanced degree or training in law, public policy, or nonprofit advocacy is a plus.
  • Demonstrable track record (at least five years of experience) in foundation and institutional fundraising, other nonprofit development, and/or building similar partnerships or sponsorships; experience related to nonprofit advocacy or judicial nominations is a plus
  • Deft ability to understand and discuss AFJ/AFJ Action’s advocacy and  nominations goals, the activities and strategies employed to reach them, and the political and societal landscape in which we work.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, with talent at translating complex, detailed legal and policy work into clear and compelling language suitable for funder audiences.
  • Appetite to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment, with corresponding abilities, i.e. strong skills juggling tight timelines and competing deadlines with longer-term tasks.
  • A team player with highly mature interpersonal skills – including ability to respond productively to direction and feedback, and facility working with staff and leadership at all levels.
  • Generosity, flexibility, and kindness to nurture a highly collaborative environment.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and accuracy – commitment to work product that is thorough, complete, and polished.
  • Comfort with using foundation/grant submission technology platforms and portals, as well as EveryAction, Salesforce, and other essential office technology.
  • Demonstrable commitment to AFJ/AFJ Action’s mission and goals.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range is $70,000-$95,000, is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience.

We offer a comprehensive and generous benefits program, including:

Health

We offer medical, dental, vision benefits, as well an employee assistance program for physical and mental well-being.

Savings

Save for retirement with our 401K plan with employer matching. Other insurances include life and disability.

Time

We have a generous paid time off policy.

Family

We provide a range of paid and unpaid family leave programs that allow our employees to bond with and care for their children and other dependents.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. On occasions, travel by train and airplane. Ability to work long hours when needed. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Work Environment

This is a full-time position. Some occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

This position reports to the Vice President of Institutional Development and has one direct report, Development Program Associate.

Racial Equity

AFJ is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.  We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true-self and feel a strong sense of belonging.   As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants please reference Senior Manager, Foundation Relations in your subject line and submit a letter of interest and resume to [email protected] (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE).

Alliance for Justice provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Disclaimer

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. 

AFJ is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.  We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true-self and feel a strong sense of belonging.   As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.