New York, NY

Development - Foundation Relations Manager, GLSEN

The Organization


GLSEN is the leading education organization dedicated to creating safe & inclusive K-12 schools for all students regardless of sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression.

Position Overview


GLSEN seeks an experienced fundraising professional to fill the role of Foundation Relations Manager to provide full-service support to our institutional partners. This person will be responsible for managing and enhancing a successful and growing foundation portfolio which includes large corporate and traditional foundations, leading LGBTQ movement funders, and family foundations.

The Foundation Relations Manager raises philanthropic support for GLSEN priorities and programs by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and maintaining relationships with institutional partners. They are responsible for overseeing grant stewardship, ensuring compliance with funding guidelines, providing accurate and timely reports, proactively seeking opportunities to generate proposals based on funder interests that will result in funding for the immediate and long term goals of GLSEN.

The right individual will have impeccable writing skills and experience prospecting, cultivating and successfully writing grants for educational, civil rights and/or youth-centered organizations. A focus on multi-year and multi-program support a major plus.

This person will be part of a seven person team at our headquarters in the Financial District of New York City and will report to the Director of Development.


– Overall management of approximately $2.6 million in institutional income

o Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to institutional sources

o Collaborate with GLSEN program staff and management to identify fundable concepts that support current program and initiatives, as well as general operations, which are also suited to the interests of potential funders

o Perform prospect research on foundations to evaluate prospects for foundation grants

o Build relationships with institutional donors, working closely with the Director of Development and Executive Director

o Craft compelling grant narratives that successfully leverage GLSEN assets

o Write and track proposals and corresponding budgets in coordination with staff across the organization

o Comply with all grant reporting as required by institutional donors

o Steward current donors, providing regular written updates

o Maintain current records in database, including grant tracking and reporting

o Assist with other fundraising projects as required


– Significant experience in writing effective grant applications/proposals

– Superior communications skills, written and verbal, with the ability to form clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals

– Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with different personalities and balance internal constituencies

– Experience using research resources to identify grant-making prospects and funding opportunities

– Knowledge of private foundation community and foundation procedures

– Strong editing skills and keen attention to detail

– Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines

– Ability to monitor and meet income goals

– Team player with the ability to take independent initiative

– Preference for individuals with national institutional funder contacts


– Minimum of 5 years’ experience in foundation relations and grant writing

– Experience working in deadline-driven, goal oriented environments

– Proven track record stewarding and cultivating funder relationships

– Proficient computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office programs and Raiser’s Edge

– Strong understanding and commitment to working through a social and racial justice lens

Familiarity with, and a passion for, LGBTQ issues in K-12 education

How To Apply

This position is located in GLSEN’s New York City headquarters. To apply, please submit your resume, letter of interest, and a two-page writing sample at:

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities, people with disabilities, women, and non-LGBTQ persons to apply.

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