Itasca, IL

Manager, Foundation Relations, American Academy of Pediatrics

The Organization

Founded in 1930, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a national nonprofit, professional membership association representing more than 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical subspecialists. The AAP mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. To achieve this mission, the Academy’s organizational core competencies focus on 1) clinical guidance and health policy, 2) advocacy for children and families, 3) professional and public education, 4) research and the development of evidence-based policy to guide care delivery, and 5) programs to improve child and adolescent health.

AAP has been working for over 90 years to define the ways in which pediatricians and systems of care can help improve the health of children and adolescents everywhere.   More information can be found at

Position Overview

AAP is seeking an enterprising and collaborative fundraising professional with strong grant writing skills to join its Department of Development as the Manager, Foundation Relations. The Manager will provide strategic support to the Academy’s efforts to secure funding from foundations and other organizations. The Manager will join a five-member Corporate & Foundation Relations team focused on securing unrestricted and restricted grants, contributions, and gifts in the five-seven-figure range. The Manager will have a key role in the Academy’s efforts to strengthen its relationships with foundations and organizations by identifying opportunities, communicating the AAP mission, goals and programs to potential partners, and working collaboratively with program and administrative colleagues to share the impact of philanthropy from these funders. The current priority is to support the Academy’s bold, decisive steps to address equity and inclusion, mental health, and vaccine hesitancy. Join the AAP and help to have an impact on children’s health!

Hybrid working arrangement of 40% on-site at our Chicago suburb headquarters in Itasca, IL. 

All AAP employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; requests for a medical or religious accommodation regarding this vaccination can be submitted for consideration upon an offer of employment.


1. Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, non-profit management or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of related education and work experience required.

2. At least three years’ related experience writing grants for a nonprofit organization and shepherding grant proposals through to completion required.

3. Experience identifying, cultivating and securing new funding, particularly from large grant makers and managing complex and competing projects and deadlines essential.

4. Experience working with national foundations and/or in the health field preferred.

5. Excellent communication, writing, grant prospecting, presentation, organizational, negotiation, diplomacy, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills required.

6. Must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, manage multiple priorities simultaneously, take initiative, collaborate effectively with various internal and external constituents, and promote and maintain a positive and cooperative team-oriented work environment with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

7. Must be knowledgeable about national grant makers and be able to devise and implement grant strategies.

8. Strong technical acumen essential with proficiency in MS Office and the ability to learn and apply new technologies; experience with development software and virtual meeting platforms (eg, WebEx, Teams) preferred.

9. Occasional evening and weekend work, and some travel required. Must be able to independently conduct donor/prospect visits, including air travel.

How To Apply

To learn more about the organization, see a full job description, and/or apply for the position, please visit

The AAP offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. As a reaffirmation to our employee-focused culture, since 2005 the AAP has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans that values the strength diversity brings to our workplace.

Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation regarding the job application process may call 630-626-6297. Please note, only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.

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