Officer, Foundation Relations (Hybrid)


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Washington, DC 


Administrative / General Business

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Full time



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Washington, DC (901 E)


The Partnerships team is responsible for scaling Pew's impact through a partnership strategy that advances our research and fact-based recommendations through collaborations, co-investments, and fundraising. This includes identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and foundation prospects and donors.

Position Overview

The officer, foundation relations position is responsible for building and managing a portfolio of 50-60 institutional prospects with the capacity for six- and seven-figure gifts. The goal is to maximize and leverage Pew's philanthropic potential in order to advance the organization's most critical projects.

We are seeking a donor-focused professional with fundraising experience and excellent written and verbal communications skills. The ideal candidate will be able to build successful working relationships with Pew's program experts and a variety of foundation donors and prospects.

The position is located in Pew's Washington, DC office, is eligible for up to 60% telework, and reports to the manager, foundation relations.

  • Proactively manage a portfolio of 50-60 prospects by developing and executing strategies across Pew's programs, leading to the solicitation of significant gifts in the six- and seven- figure range.
  • Write and/or coordinate the writing and development of proposals, budgets, gift agreements, grant reports, project updates and thank you letters to cultivate, secure and steward contributions.
  • Identify and cultivate new relationships both internally and externally to grow the prospect portfolio for Pew.
  • Collaborate across the organization and develop extensive relationships within Pew's program areas to leverage the maximum philanthropic potential of prospects.
  • Provide expertise and strategic counsel regarding development opportunities for current and new program explorations.
  • Actively report on progress to senior Partnership staff, who are responsible for delivering information regarding prospects and donors to the Pew board and executive office. This includes working with Partnership leadership to set short- and long-term goals in line with program priorities and providing information on a monthly and quarterly basis that is both qualitative and quantitative in nature related to all fundraising activities.
  • Participate fully in Pew's Salesforce constituent relationship management system.
  • Contribute to and participate in partnerships department tasks as assigned, as well as broader Pew-wide projects as needed.

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience is required, as well as a minimum of 8 years of external fundraising experience. Candidates with a background in advocacy-focused organizations, conservation, higher education, research, and health sciences will be considered.
  • Experience personally implementing sophisticated, multi-year cultivation strategies leading to successful closure of institutional gifts.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and editing skills, including the ability to understand and translate Pew's mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity, crispness, and effectiveness.
  • A donor-focused demeanor at all times. Able to build rapport and provide assistance to high-profile external constituents as well as to internal staff.
  • Ability to work with senior staff to set short-and long-term goals in line with program priorities. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy.
  • Discretion in handling and securing confidential information.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook) and the ability to learn systems/technology used at Pew, including Adobe, Salesforce and PeopleSoft.

Total Rewards

We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts 901 E St NW
Washington, DC, United States

Phone: 18604400635
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