Foundation Relations Specialist - National (SCA)


Title:  Foundation Relations Specialist - national

Date Revised:  1/15/2017

Department:  Advancement

Status:  Full-time, Salaried Exempt

Reports to:  Director, Foundation Relations

Location:  San Francisco Bay Area or Washington D.C., Metro Area.

Hours: Flexible schedule (M-F);

Salary Range:


Salary Grade:


Position Summary: Secure grant funding by maintaining relations and fulfilling proposal and reporting requirements with current foundation partners.  Identify and research potential foundation partners and develop a pipeline of long-term foundation support.  Manage a portfolio of donors, including writing grant proposals and reports, preparing budgets and financial reports.


Essential Functions (90% of time):

  • Meet revenue targets for a defined portfolio of foundation donors and prospects. Identify funding opportunities and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of those.
  • Write compelling grant proposals, concept papers, letters of inquiry, reports, and acknowledgement letters for foundations. 
  • Prepare financial information, including budgets and financial reports, in collaboration with program and finance staff.
  • Engage in meetings with funders and prepare meeting materials and talking points for visits to funders.
  • Research and vet foundation and corporate grantmaking prospects in collaboration with Foundation Relations team and Advancement team.
  • Manage and track all relevant deadlines within the portfolio.
  • Participate in select program planning sessions to help identify funding opportunities for SCA programs and strategic initiatives.



Supplemental Functions (10% of time):

  • Coordinate with advancement colleagues and leadership team to maximize fundraising opportunities. 
  • Maintain familiarity with SCA programs through program research, possible field visits, and communications with program and partnership development teams.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Performance Measures/Accountabilities:

  • Ensure annual revenue goals are met.
  • Maintain, or grow, foundation revenue by ensuring the consistent and timely submission of successful, competitive proposals. 
  • Maintain regular and timely reporting on progress to goals.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other Advancement Team members to achieve annual philanthropic goals for assigned foundation donors.
  • Understand and follow the guidelines in SCA’s Staff Handbook.
  • Understand and model SCA’s Operating Values and Leadership Behaviors.



  • 5 or more years of relevant experience, particularly foundation and corporate relations required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Experience with grant writing required.
  • Demonstrated successful track record in managing relationships by telephone and email.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team necessary
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously required
  • Strong Constituent Management Database and MSOffice skills required particularly Word, Outlook and Excel a must 
  • Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
  • Willingness to travel regionally (10-20%)

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions.  The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. 

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