Foundation Relations Manager, YouthRise Texas

The Organization

Youth Rise Texas is a burgeoning, Austin, Texas-based nonprofit organization that is working to create a leadership development pipeline that will put youth at the forefront of healing our communities and winning demands that safeguard or realize rights.   YRTX is a small, intergenerational staff ( > 20) that includes teens, young adults, and those who have long careers in non-profit and social justice work.  We work to intentionally build community, relate and attend to each other both as co-workers and as individuals, and make space for everyone’s continued learning, growth, personal and professional development.

Position Overview

We seek a Foundation Relations Manager to expand our grant acquisition capacity by strengthening and developing our relationship with philanthropy locally and nationally and with funders who are invested in our core issues. The ideal candidate for this position loves working with a team to elevate the vision and work of a mission-driven organization, boldly and creatively pursues relationships and opportunities, is able to integrate and reconcile ideas to produce the most strategic and successful outcomes and can manage complex projects in the moment while maintaining an eye toward the future.  Eligible candidates are not required to be based in Austin, TX.

Salary/ Compensation
$60,500 – $70,000 commensurate with experience

Reports to
Co-Executive Director

Anticipated Start Date
October 1, 2021

Description of Role
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

•    Co-develop annual grant-based funding strategy with Directors Team, including assessing programmatic needs and grant opportunities
•    Analyze organizational history of grant-based fundraising, identifying strengths, room for growth, and priority areas
•    Monthly reporting on progress toward goals
•    Manage the lifecycle of grants including:

Pre-submission research
Write and submit Letters of Inquiry, proposals and requests for funding
Write and submit grant reports
Track submissions, pending requests, declines and awards
Track restricted funds and advise Bookkeeper on appropriate allocations
Establish and maintain a schedule of foundation officer communications

•    Research new-to-us foundations and grant opportunities and assess “fit” for YRTX programmatic goals, with a focus on foundations that fund youth organizing, healing justice, healing schools, immigration and voter engagement
•    Manage the organization’s participation in funding collaboratives, coalitions, and partnerships
•    Schedule and prepare Director and Program staff for foundation officer meetings
•    Collaborate across the organization on the creation of organizational collateral for a funder audience
•    Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all foundation communication and interactions
•    Serve as first point of contact for all foundation communication
•    Stay abreast of trends and current events in foundation giving
•    Establish annual grant revenue projections and contribute to annual budget development process

Minimum Qualifications
•    A belief in the power of youth
•    A successful history of working with collaborative teams
•    Enthusiasm and openness to participate in staff-wide political education
•    Enthusiasm and openness to participate in YRTX’s model of youth leadership and engagement
•    Ability to manage transitions with humor and determination

This role requires:
•    No minimum educational requirement
•    3-5 years of aligned professional experience
•    Evidence of successful planning and project management
•    Superior written and verbal communication skills
•    Strong research and analysis skills
•    Excellent personal organization
•    Ability to multi-task while being attentive to details
•    Experience with budgeting
•    Existing foundation officer relationships

Additional Education, Experience and Competencies (not required)
•    Experience in Community/Youth Organization, Youth Development, Healing Justice, Cultural Strategy work
•    Knowledge/experience with Asana, GrantHub or other task/grant management tools

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email with Foundation Relations Manager in the subject line.   For questions/concerns contact

Applications are due on or by August 20, 2021
Youth Rise Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Youth Rise Texas is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all employees or prospective employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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