Special Projects Manager


Co-founded in 2006 by Bob Woodruff and his family, the Bob Woodruff Foundation is a nationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families are thriving long after they return to civilian life. The Foundation helps veterans have access to the support and resources they deserve for as long as they need it. Over a decade of war has resulted in trauma, unemployment, depression, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide amongst the more than 2.5 million service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. We navigate a maze of more than 46,000 nonprofits that serve veterans to find, fund and shape innovative solutions. We help our heroes achieve successful futures. To date, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested $28 million to directly support more than 200 programs, reaching 2.5 million veterans and their families.


The Special Projects Manager is responsible for managing start to finish projects and establishing systems and procedures for managing donor engagement activities. More specifically, s/he will participate in the creation, planning and management of new and existing projects, coordinate and manage event logistics, and develop and manage event project timelines and implementation. The Special Projects Manager is also responsible for all assigned aspects related to the coordination and execution of annual fundraising events including Stand Up for Heroes event; A world class event with A-List talent, with over 5,500 attendees raising over $6M in previous years.

The ideal candidate demonstrates strong organizational skills and is solution-oriented, attentive to details and an excellent communicator. The Special Projects Manager must have an understanding of and commitment to BWF’s mission and core values and have demonstrated experience in corporate donor relations and project management.

Reports to the Director of Operations and Finance


The primary functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop and execute the donor engagement program for major donors
  • Manage the planning and execution of the annual Stand Up for Heroes event (5,500 attendees, raising over $6M in previous years)
  • Assist with donor relations management
  • Manage the planning and execution of all events
  • Manage special projects and take initiative to lead or support opportunities as they arise


  • Collaborate with the BWF management team in preparing strategy, projects and internal budgets
  • Plan and manage weekly planning meetings
  • Provide regular updates and briefings to management and staff
  • Work closely with the Development manager and Communications manager to deliver on necessary products and timelines
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local event vendors
  • Manage all aspects of event planning, to include contract review and negotiation, budgeting, site selection, vendor management, and event execution
  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge and education/experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three to five years of work experience with increasing responsibility in project and event management
  • Experience in the veteran, wounded warrior or military community preferred
  • Fundraising/development experience is an added advantage

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to think and act strategically, balanced with attention to details and tactical steps to execute a plan
  • Effective project management and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Highly organized and efficient
  • Displays maturity and ability to work independently, with sound judgment to assess when manager’s input is needed
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated flexibility; can juggle competing priorities
  • Self-starter with ability to ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor in the face of competing demands and external pressures
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Experience setting goals and objectives, prioritizing and structuring action plans and work activities
  • Experience with high-level professionals across all sectors
  • Ethical and trustworthy with confidential and sensitive materials and information
  • Willingness to travel
  • Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint a must; Experience with Salesforce beneficial

Work Environment

  • Flexible schedule required to meet the needs of the Foundation
  • Work predominantly on a computer in an office setting
  • Periodic local travel to fundraising events is required. Travel to one of these sites may require the use of a personal car
  • Moderate to low level of extended days required throughout the year. Flexibility to work occasional irregular hours, including evenings and weekends for special projects and events


Please send a resume and cover letter to:

[email protected]

Subject line should include your last name and position title as “SPM”

Example: Smith SPM

Bob Woodruff Foundation has retained the services of The Giving Practice to conduct this search. Inquiries may be directed in confidence to: 

Leslie Silverman, Partner

[email protected]

Bob Woodruff Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check.

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