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Foundation Relations Manager


GLSEN is the leading education organization dedicated to creating safe & inclusive K-12 schools for all students regardless of sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression. Over the last 28 years GLSEN has received tens of millions of dollars in funding from many of the country’s leading foundations.


We are seeking a Foundation Relations Manager to cultivate and steward partnerships with new and existing funders that will result in increased funding for the organization. This person will be responsible for managing a portfolio that includes large corporate and traditional foundations, leading LGBTQ movement funders, and family foundations.


The right individual will be an excellent cultivator and steward of relationships for GLSEN, have impeccable communication skills, and experience securing grants for educational, civil rights and/or youth-centered organizations. A focus on multi-year and multi-program support a major plus.


This person will be part of a seven person team at our headquarters in the Financial District of New York City and will report to the Director of Development.



-      Overall supervision of approximately $2.6 million in institutional income program

  • Build relationships with institutional donors, working closely with the Director of Development and Executive Director
  • Steward current donors, providing regular written updates
  • Collaborate with GLSEN program staff and management to identify fundable concepts that support current program and initiatives, as well as general operations, which are also suited to the interests of potential funders
  • Craft compelling grant narratives that successfully leverage GLSEN assets
  • Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and reports to institutional sources
  • Perform prospect research on foundations to evaluate prospects for grants
  • Maintain current records in database, including grant tracking and reporting
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as required



-      Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with different personalities and balance internal constituencies

-      Superior communications skills, written and verbal, with the ability to form clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals

-      Significant experience in writing effective grant applications/proposals

-      Experience using research resources to identify grant-making prospects and funding opportunities

-      Knowledge of the foundation community and foundation procedures

-      Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines

-      Ability to monitor and meet income goals

-      Team player with the ability to take independent initiative

-      Preference for individuals with national institutional funder contacts



-      Minimum of 5 years’ experience in foundation relations and grant writing

-      Proven track record stewarding and cultivating funder relationships

-      Strong understanding of and commitment to working through a social and racial justice lens

-      Familiarity with, and a passion for, LGBTQ issues in K-12 education


 This position is located in GLSEN’s New York City headquarters. To apply, please submit your resume, letter of interest, and a two-page writing sample at:


 GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities, people with disabilities, women, and non-LGBTQ persons to apply.