Foundations Relations Manager (CA)

The take-away

Ready to take on some of the most powerful forces in our society? We’re looking for a foundation relations manager to join a fierce, smart team challenging global corporations, holding them accountable, and creating a world where all people can thrive.


Why you’ll love coming to work every day

You’ll help change the world. You’ll be joining an organization that’s not satisfied with the world as it is -- and has a vision for how it should be. Add a 40-year track record of winning campaigns and ambitious plans to have an even bigger impact, and you’ve got a powerful force to be reckoned with.

You’ll work with awesome people. Join a team of seasoned, kind, determined, optimistic, and solutions-oriented folks. We work hard, celebrate victories large and small, and always have each other’s backs.

You’ll be a part of fearless and winning campaigns. When your mission is ending corporate abuse, you can’t be afraid to name names and keep persevering. For 40 years, we’ve been exposing and challenging the abuses of the likes of Nestlé, Exxon Mobil, Philip Morris International, McDonald’s, Dow Chemical, and more. We don’t back down, and we run campaigns until we win.

You can take on big responsibilities as you go. You’ll thrive here as you develop new skills, tackle new challenges, learn, and grow. We pay lots of attention to building staff leadership, and we provide support and training to help you become the best leader you can be.

You’ll be part of an organization committed to advancing racial equity and transforming systems of oppression. We are deeply committed to prioritizing the leadership of those who bear the brunt of corporate abuse: women, people of color, low-income people, people in the Global South, and LGBTQ folks around the world. Our unique culture has been fostered by a long history of women at the helm. We know we are stronger when the organization reflects the vision of the world we’re building together.


What you’ll do

In our fifth decade, Corporate Accountability is waging hard-hitting campaigns that compel transnational corporations to stop destroying our health, human rights, democracy, and planet. We’ve grown significantly over the last five years as we’ve taken on the fossil fuel industry, water privatizers, Big Food, and Big Tobacco -- and we’re not slowing down.                                       

To maintain our momentum, we need the resources that fuel our impact. And that’s where you come in.
Our dynamic foundations team partners with some of the most progressive and largest U.S. and international foundations to raise the funds as well as the visibility we need to create transformative societal change. Your job will be to provide critical grants support and coordination to the leadership team -- while also growing your own fundraising skills.

Corporate Accountability’s organizing and fundraising model is rooted in person-to-person relationship building. In this position, you’ll build relationships with a wide range of folks--from foundations staff, to a cross-unit internal team, to Global South allies, and more.

And through it all, you’ll keep essential systems running to make sure we meet our deadlines, produce the best content possible, and build deep, meaningful relationships with all the people we need to keep making a huge impact in the world.


Who you are

  • The rampant abuses of corporations and the outrageous amount of power they have make you mad as hell -- and you want to do something about it.
  • You understand that changing the imbalance of power in the world, its inherent racial injustice, and the oppression people of color experience is a critical part of your work for justice. You have a commitment to advancing racial equity and transforming systems of oppression.
  • You have solid experience managing projects from start to finish, meeting tough deadlines, and managing both up and laterally to get what you need. You appreciate elegant and effective processes, and are passionate about creating and implementing them. It goes without saying that you are highly organized.
  • You’re an effective, tenacious communicator -- which means you’re a stellar listener and interact with people from a place of integrity and mutual respect. In-person conversation, a phone call, or a quick email? You’ve got good judgment about what kind of communication works best the other person and the project as a whole.
  • You’re goal-oriented: You keep your eye on the big picture even when you’re working out nitty-gritty details of schedules and databases.
  • You understand that good systems and smart analytics are essential to coordinating any program. You have experience getting different kinds of input and turning that into actionable plans, like a production schedule or a database integration plan, you know your way around Excel and Salesforce and/or other CRMs and budgeting tools to make it all work.
  • You’ve got writing skills. You know how to communicate ideas and concepts clearly, you know your way around grammar and punctuation rules, and you are a proofreading wizard. Bonus points if making clear and effective PowerPoint decks is also in your skill set.
  • You have at least three years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, communications, or other relevant fields.

What you’ll be responsible for in the day-to-day

  • Project manage the majority of grant proposals and reports. This includes keeping track of deadlines, creating and maintaining project schedules, scheduling and facilitating relevant meetings, and submitting all grant materials. You’ll use your best people-skills, coordinating with staff across the organization -- from the executive director, to campaign organizers, to communications staff -- to move projects from start to finish.
  • Support the team to set and prepare for meetings with foundations and other philanthropic partners. You’ll set meetings via phone calls, prepare backgrounders on foundations, update and compile materials, and ensure information is recorded in Salesforce.
  • Research and recommend foundations prospects. We’re always looking for new foundations to build relationships with, and you’ll do the research to find new potential funders -- and support other fundraisers to do the same.
  • Maintain and cultivate a small portfolio of foundations -- including drafting and submitting proposal and reports for these foundations.
  • Develop, strengthen, and maintain systems. You’ll maintain the calendar and other workflow tools. You’ll also work closely with our data and analysis team to make sure we’re effectively tracking all our interactions with foundations in Salesforce.
  • Enthusiastically participate in organization-wide planning, fundraising, recruitment, and campaign activities.


Salary and benefits:

  • Salary range: $47,500 - $50,000 commensurate with experience.
  • Our comprehensive benefit package includes health insurance and dental coverage; FSA for transit, health care, and dependent care; and 401(k) with employer match.
  • Competitive vacation, sick time, and holiday policies.
  • Both internal and external training and leadership development opportunities.
  • Energetic Campaign Headquarters complete with open, collaborative work spaces and a big, social kitchen.

Location: Campaign Headquarters in downtown Boston, MA.


We are looking for great candidates from a wide range of backgrounds. If you don’t exactly fit the job description, but you know you have skills and experiences that are transferable to this position, please apply! Tell us about yourself and why you are should be our next foundation relations manager.


To apply: Visit Attach your résumé to the online application and include a cover letter, a short writing sample, and a list of three to five references. Please include where you heard about the position.


Corporate Accountability stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet. We are building a world rooted in justice where corporations answer to people, not the other way around -- a world where every person has access to clean water, healthy food, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to reach their full human potential.

Corporate Accountability is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of color, women, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply. Join more than 60 smart and driven staff and interns working in this dynamic organization with a powerful network of members and allies around the world.



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  • Biz Ghormley
    published this page in Job Board 2018-10-05 12:05:49 -0400