Posted on July 9, 2021

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Foundation Relations Associate to work closely with the Director of Foundation Engagement to support the National Women’s Law Center’s foundation fundraising efforts. As a key member of the Development team, the Associate will support preparation of grant proposals and reports, conduct donor research and prospecting, track grants and related deadlines, and provide funder stewardship support. The Foundation Relations Associate will support foundation fundraising efforts across all the Center’s program areas, including reproductive rights and health, income security and child care, and workplace justice and education.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For almost 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.


  • Maintaining the foundation engagement team’s grants tracking calendar, recording existing and pending grants and related proposal and report deadlines.
  • Maintaining and tracking pertinent foundation outreach and information in Raiser’s Edge and other tracking systems, including maintaining the foundation engagement team’s foundation contact list and supporting team members with their portfolios by entering cultivations, solicitations, and other activities into the database.
  • Supporting the team’s grant proposal and report development by gathering needed information (including information on NWLC activities); providing drafting, proofreading, and copyediting, assistance; preparing attachments; and interfacing with foundation portals.
  • Conducting research on existing and prospective foundation donors—including preparing briefing materials as appropriate—and capturing research in RE.
  • Supporting foundation funder cultivation/stewardship by preparing email updates for foundation funders and drafting letters of interest and other materials as appropriate, in collaboration with members of the development team.
  • Serving as the foundation engagement team lead in shepherding grant agreements through the internal review process, identifying grant gifts as they come in, and coordinating with the development team members to ensure that all gifts are coded accurately.
  • Collaborating with foundation engagement team member to prepare grant cover sheets outlining key grant terms, activities, deliverables, and reporting requirements to share with key program and communications staff and members of the Finance team.
  • Preparing grant acknowledgments, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Experience in foundation fundraising/development, communications, or other related positions.
  • Strong research, organizational, verbal and written communication, and proofreading skills, with strong eye for detail, and a thoughtful, analytical approach to managing complex tasks.
  • Collaborative style combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment.
  • Ability to manage multi-faceted projects, meet deadlines, and perform well independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise discretion when dealing with confidential information regarding the Law Center’s business and sensitive donor information.
  • Experience with MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule when required.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Experience with gender justice issues on which the Law Center works (reproductive rights and health, income security, child care, education, and workplace justice), or other issues related to gender justice, racial justice, and/or LGBTQ+ justice, including reproductive rights, freedom, and justice.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar donor database, and gift acknowledgments.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in approach to work.

Key Relations

The Foundation Relations Associate will report directly to the Director of Foundation Engagement. The Associate will collaborate with the Managers of Foundation Relations, Vice President for Development and key program staff, as well as the President and CEO, COO and Chief of staff, and colleagues in Development, Finance, and Communications.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $51,973 will be provided to the successful candidate having met the minimum requirements for the position consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.

NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. We continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as we evaluate what reopening looks like for our team.


NWLC recognizes a staff bargaining unit, NWLC United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in NWLC’s bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. In your cover letter, please describe how your professional background is a good fit for this position. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications accepted until position is filled.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans. 

 Reasonable Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email


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