Senior Associate, Foundation Relations
Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Job Description

Washington, DC (901 E)


The Partnerships department is responsible for maintaining a broad and diverse base of public support for Pew's programmatic work, bringing in external financial resources to complement investments by the Pew family trusts, and working with program leadership to establish large-scale collaborations that allow philanthropic partners to invest alongside the organization. The department works closely with staff across Pew, including at our subsidiary, the Pew Research Center, to carry out its responsibilities.

Position Overview

We are seeking a donor-focused professional with fundraising experience and excellent written and verbal communications skills. The senior associate is responsible for building and managing a portfolio of 10-15 institutional prospects with capacity for five and six figure gifts to help build a sustainable stream of funding for the organization.

The senior associate will assist the foundation relations team with prospect identification and qualification activities to help build a pipeline of potential gifts, and to manage the proposal, gift acknowledgement, and grants management and reporting processes. Other responsibilities include working with Partnership's research team to identify information about current and prospective donors; and coordinating stewardship activities with donor relations.

The position is located in Pew's Washington, DC office and reports to the manager, foundation relations.


•Proactively manage a portfolio of 10-15 or more foundation prospects by developing and executing strategies across Pew's program areas in close coordination with the staff and others, leading to the successful solicitation of gifts of $500,000 and below.
•Play a measurable role in the development and oversee the review and submission process of grant proposals and reports. Coordinate the development of written proposals, concept papers, fundraising plans, and other materials needed to deepen prospect engagement for securing gifts. Coordinate with legal and finance units to facilitate and troubleshoot as needed.
•Create and use prospect research to assist in formulating prospect strategies.
•Partner with the foundation relations team to develop and implement donor cultivation and stewardship plans, including project updates, calls, events, and travel.
•Thoroughly understand Pew and how it operates; develop a comprehensive knowledge of its history, culture, programs, and base of financial support.
•Participate fully in Pew's Salesforce constituent relationship management and PeopleSoft financial systems.
•Provide support and participate in other special projects and duties, as assigned.


•A Bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience, is required.
•A minimum of 4 years of external fundraising experience in higher education, research, health, science, media, culture, or advocacy organizations.
•Experience working as part of an effective team able to secure the organization's fundraising objectives preferred.
•Excellent writing (including editing and proofreading) skills, including the ability to understand and translate Pew's mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity, crispness, and effectiveness, and to develop complex written materials to summarize the essence of issues and the means to address them.
•Excellent verbal communication skills, including ease in briefly summarizing the core of an issue, Pew's approach to it, and the ability to make a persuasive case for support.
•Creative and strategic thinker. Able to think out of the box, challenge conventional norms, and try new approaches.
•Ability to quickly learn and understand policy and organizational issues and perform substantive research.
•Strong relationship and partnership orientation. A team player with an institution-wide view. Respect for teamwork and appropriate communication and coordination with colleagues.
•Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills. Ability to investigate an issue, ask thoughtful questions and recommend possible solutions. Able to build a logical approach to addressing problems by drawing on own knowledge and experience or by seeking other references or resources as appropriate.
•High detail orientation, particularly with facts and figures. Monitors and double-checks work and information for accuracy and quality.
•Maintains a donor-focused demeanor at all times. Able to build rapport and provide assistance to high-profile external constituents as well as internal staff.
•Self-disciplined, action-oriented style that can prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. Strong work ethic.
•Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to establish and implement systems and identify resources to ensure the successful completion of projects.
•Sound judgment and discretion in handling and securing confidential information, as well as the ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional manner.
•Ability to think proactively, take initiative and see tasks through to completion with appropriate follow-up.
•Flexibility to work as part of a team or independently to meet goals in a fast-paced, deadline-driven department. Self-directed to take action and resolve issues.
•Ability to understand organizational structure and work through administrative systems. Asks questions to facilitate work being completed.
•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.


This position is expected to include occasional domestic travel to meet with donors and attend conferences.

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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Education Required:

4 Year Degree - BS

Employment/Position Type:

Full Time
Date Posted : 10/18/2021