Senior Manager, Foundations Relations

Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
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Employee (Full-Time)

Position Overview

*This position will report to the Rare, Arlington Office with the possibility for remote work


Are you inspired to use your institutional fundraising experience to support impactful conservation work? Do you have a passion for building philanthropic partnerships across global programs?  Rare has an excellent opportunity for a Senior Manager, Foundation Relations to join our exceptional Development team supporting Rare’s mission of inspiring change so that people and nature thrive.


About Rare:

For over 45 years, across 60 countries, Rare has inspired and empowered millions of people and communities to shift their behaviors and practices to protect our shared planet. Rare’s global programs cover the thematic areas of climate change, fisheries and marine conservation, sustainable agriculture food security, and Green Recovery. Rare’s organizational culture is results-oriented, entrepreneurial, and defined by our five core values: Courage to Take Risks, Commitment to Accountability, Mindset of Solutionology, Investments in People, and Spirit of Celebration.


Position Overview:

As Senior Manager, you will join our Foundations Relations team and become an important thought partner to the Vice President, Foundation Relations, working to advance Rare’s development strategy as it relates to institutional partners. The Sr. Manager has responsibilities within the following two areas:


Institutional Fundraising and Donor Stewardship

  • Identify and cultivate foundation donors to support Rare’s programs by conducting independent research and/ or building existing relationships and insights
  • Develop donor specific engagement and fundraising strategies by creating and implementing donor account strategies for foundation donors
  • Build a strong and strategic pipeline by co-developing and writing compelling project proposals and managing the corresponding processes and coordination
  • Focus on converting the pipeline into actual awards to meet the fundraising goals
  • Develop and deliver events, reports, and other donor/prospect communications tactics (both written and oral) to complement the engagement strategy contributing to existing projects and Rare’s Global Engagement Plan
  • Assist the program and country teams with the preparation of progress and final reports, by compiling necessary information from program, country, and finance staff and drafting written reports as well as submitting reports in a timely manner
  • Brief colleagues and senior staff members for meetings/ workshops with prospects and donors. If appropriate, lead those meetings and introduce Rare to new donors/ partners and ensure appropriate follow-up

Management of External Communication and Relationships

  • Build Rare’s profile around locally led, behavior-informed solutions by identifying, cultivating, and managing key foundation relations and partnerships, including the coordination of representation at key events or partner meetings for Rare’s leadership and program staff
  • Support the communication and country teams by developing compelling communication materials for existing and new donors and partners
  • Attend necessary donor meetings and grant workshops and interact with and respond to questions from foundation representatives

Target Skills & Experience:

  • 5 years professional fundraising and partnerships experience, including 2-3 years foundation focused exposure
  • Proven success leading the procurement of funds from discovery to award
  • Demonstrated experience in working with the philanthropic foundation community
  • Excellent writer with track record of developing and managing communications with high-priority external partners
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required; proficiency in other languages preferred
  • Willingness to travel frequently within the USA, and internationally
  • Prior experience in an international, cross-cultural work environment is preferred

Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply; EOE/M/F/D/V


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