Foundation Relations Manager

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Foundation Relations Manager





Title:                  Foundation Relations Manager (Full-time)


The Foundation Relations Manager will support the Director of Foundation Relations in foundation and corporate grant fundraising. As a key member of the Development team, they are responsible for securing funding to realize the mission and vision of Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR). The Foundation Relations Manager is responsible for managing the grant prospect pipeline, annual grant plan and timeline, and grant fundraising progress reports. The Foundation Relations Manager will persuasively convey HWR’s mission, goals, case for need and accomplishments in writing to renew and increase past support as well as secure new funding.

Essential Functions / Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Director of Foundation Relations, manage the full range of activities required to cultivate, prepare, submit, and meet the grant agreement requirements of 50 – 60 grant proposals per year for foundation and corporate support, maintaining annual general operating and program support revenue of more than $1,000,000 from foundation and corporate grants.
  • Gain and maintain an understanding of HWR’s history, mission, current services and programs, and strategic initiatives.
  • Work with HWR’s leadership and staff to gather information necessary to apply for and report to corporate/foundation funders.
  • Draft written narrative for compelling grant proposals; obtain feedback, edit, format and upload or submit by the funders’ application due date
  • Understand financial statements and create requisite budget documents, with finance and program leaders’ input, in the prescribed formats provided by funders.
  • Comply with all grant reporting and publicity requirements as outlined by foundation and corporate donors.
  • Prepare customized acknowledgement letters as appropriate.
  • Maintain accurate records, including the grant documents and future due dates for applications and reports in HWR’s CRM database, OneDrive folders, and physical files.
  • Ensure that foundation and corporate grant funders receive regular written updates (e.g., newsletters) and event invitations, etc. 

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree, preferably but not excluded to English, Communications or Journalism.
  • At least five years of grant-writing experience in a non-profit organization.
  • Robust demonstration of success in obtaining grants from foundations, corporations, or other philanthropic entities.
  • Experience in using data and statistics to tell a story, to support proposals and to construct SMART goals (i.e., Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound).
  • Ability to describe the impact of programs on those served in new and refreshed approaches to avoid redundancy and demonstrate renewed fund development efforts on an annual basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to format data and lists in charts, tables and graphs that are easy to read and carefully organized to concisely communicate a program’s outcomes and success.

Required Skills and Traits:

  • Must be supportive of the philosophy of hospice and palliative care and have, or be willing to acquire, comprehensive knowledge of hospice work.
  • Strong business acumen, solid writing experience, and a passion for mission-based work.
  • Highly donor-focused, with knowledge and understanding of philanthropy – particularly grant cycles, application processes and protocols, and local philanthropic foundations.
  • Highly dependable; reliably able to meet due dates and deadlines.
  • Collaborative and respectful of others; able to work independently while in coordination with the team. Able to exercise judgement and identify creative solutions to obstacles.
  • Organized, thorough, detail-oriented, and data-driven.
  • Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to be resourceful and at ease with ambiguity and rapid change.
  • Experienced and successful in telling stories, translating ideas, concepts, and program information into thoughtful and compelling proposals.
  • Adept at substantive editing for clarity, organization, and internal consistency. Employs critical assessment of every component of the document. Ensures adherence to conventional rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, including social justice terminology. Obtains input from others and makes revisions as needed to improve the organization of the text, logic of the arguments, and communicative effectiveness of the entire document.
  • Experienced in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, a donor database, grant portals and virtual meeting technology.

Benefits and Compensation:  

  • Full-time, exempt
  • Salary range $55,000 – $60,000
  • Competitive benefits


This is sedentary work requiring the exertion of up to ten (10) pounds of force occasionally and some light work and lifting requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds occasionally; work requires sitting, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching, standing, fingering, grasping and repetitive motions; vocal communication; hearing, and visual acuity.  Employee is not subject to adverse environmental conditions.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should apply at HWR’s Job Openings portal (see link below) and  submit a cover letter, resume, and two or three successful grant proposals, redacted for privacy, that they wrote.