Deputy Grants Fundraising Director (TPIN)


The Public Interest Network is home to more than 16 organizations, including PIRG, Environment America and the National Environmental Law Center. Each of our groups has its own mission, whether it’s environmental litigation, consumer advocacy, research or training new organizers. The 500-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done.

We also share a great track record. Over the past 45 years, our staff have worked on hundreds of projects and campaigns at the local, state, national and corporate levels. Because of the laws and other policies we’ve won, people are buying healthier and safer products, getting more of our energy from the sun and the wind, drinking cleaner water and breathing cleaner air ... the list just goes on. But every day brings a new challenge or new opportunity. That’s why right now we’re hiring.

Job Description

The Deputy Director will have a key role in our efforts to double our grant and large donor fundraising over the next five years. This additional funding will enable the Public Interest Network to make an even bigger impact on some of the most important problems of our time, as well as recruit and train hundreds more new activists who will work for change for years to come.

To reach this ambitious goal, the Deputy Director will represent the Public Interest Network in the funder community, including foundations, major individual donors, and other non-corporate institutions. The Deputy Director also will develop short and long term strategies for broadening and deepening our funding base and directly raise money for priority projects and organizations.  

Specifically, the Deputy Grants Fundraising Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Set fundraising goals, map out and drive forward fundraising objectives with Public Interest Network staff;
  • Research and identify appropriate foundation and donor prospects;
  • Meet with at least 50 prospective funders annually;
  • Network with the funding community by attending conferences and events;  
  • Promote the Public Interest Network through written updates, briefings, and other affinity building activities;
  • Develop, write, and pitch grant proposals;
  • Manage grants raised for the Public Interest Network, including monitoring project progress and reporting to the funder; and
  • Support the grantseeking activities of the Public Interest Network member organization’s staff around the country.

Additionally, the Deputy Director will participate in strengthening the Public Interest Network by participating in other capacity building priorities, from recruiting and training staff to phone banking to helping with events.

Preferably Los Angeles, CA but would consider other locations for the right candidate


We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of activism and organizing. We’re also looking for candidates that are more motivated by the success of the movement than by individual achievement. 

Additionally, top candidates will:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree and at least three to five years of relevant experience, and must have some fundraising experience. Advanced degrees, including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate's professional experience;
  • Have exceptional expository writing and verbal persuasion skills, with the ability to translate complex campaigns and programs into targeted fundraising requests;
  • Enjoy meeting new people, networking, and cultivating relationships;
  • Be highly goal driven and have a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability;
  • Be flexible, embrace new challenges, and have a can-do attitude and strong work ethic;
  • Be willing to travel extensively on a public interest budget and be comfortable with irregular work hours (nighttime events, weekend meetings, etc.);
  • Have demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in solving problems; and
  • Be able to work independently and creatively, as well as take direction and work as part of a team.

The Deputy Grants Fundraising Director position requires a two-year commitment.

Compensation & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package.

To Apply
Visit and fill out the online form. If we are interested in interviewing you for the position, we will get back to you within a week. All finalists also will be required to complete a writing test.Visit to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. The Public Interest Network will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


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  • Biz Ghormley
    published this page in Job Board 2018-07-06 17:04:38 -0400