Manager of Foundation Relations/Grant Writer

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a talented and experienced grant writer to join its Development team as a Manager of Foundation Relations. The Manager of Foundation Relations 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, and will serve as a key member of a development team that is expanding networks of and deepening relationships with individual, corporate, law firm, and foundation donors for this leading women’s rights organization.

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.


  • Develop detailed proposals and reports for the Law Center’s foundation funders across the Law Center’s program areas, in collaboration with the Director of Foundation Engagement, additional foundation relations staff, and key program area and communications/marketing staff.
  • Develop issue-specific projects/programs and related budgets in collaboration with the Director of Foundation Engagement, additional foundation relations staff, the Vice President for Development, and key program, communications/marketing, and finance staff.
  • Track project/program activities and expenses in collaboration with the Director of Foundation Engagement, Vice President for Development, other members of the development team, and key program, communications/marketing, and finance staff.
  • Maintain and track pertinent foundation outreach—including cultivations, solicitations, and other activities—in Raiser’s Edge and other tracking systems, in collaboration with of members of the development team.
  • Directly manage a portfolio of foundation funders.
  • Engage in grant stewardship, cultivation, and regular communications with foundation staff.
  • Engage in foundation prospect research and cultivation.
  • Under the direction of the Director of Foundation Engagement and in collaboration with the Vice President for Development and colleagues in development and finance, assist in developing and monitoring the Center’s annual and longer-term revenue plan and the development department’s annual budget as they relate to foundation support.
  • Engage in other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible foundation fundraising experience, including significant experience in writing foundation grant proposals and reports, preferably at a major national advocacy organization;
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to write in compelling language about the Law Center’s work and to prepare complex proposals, reports and related materials;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term relationships, including experience leveraging senior staff to achieve fundraising success;
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail;
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects, meet deadlines, and perform well independently with grace under pressure 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; high degree of self-motivation, personal discipline and integrity;
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or similar database) and prospect research tools;
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule when required.

 Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Proven track record in building and maintaining successful relationships with foundations;
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.

Key Relations

The Manager of Foundation Relations will report directly to the Director of Foundation Engagement. The Manager will collaborate with the 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 $73,913 will be provided to the successful candidate who has at least 2 years of experience directly relevant to this role, 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].