Washington, DC

Director, Foundation Relations, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The Organization

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit and the nation’s preeminent civil and human rights organization for the search of an entrepreneurial, results-oriented Director of Foundation Relations. S/he will build and manage a comprehensive foundation relations program that will assist the organization in achieving a range of strategic program/research objectives and help propel its advocacy agenda to new levels of accomplishment. Since its inception over one hundred years ago, the NAACP and its allies of all races have been at the forefront of framing the public discourse on the critical issues concerning social and racial justice. The organization is investing considerable resources to build the infrastructure required to solidify its role as the principal legal advocate for civil rights issues and focus on disparities in economics, health care, education, voter empowerment and the criminal justice system. Central to the realization of its aspirations is the recruitment of a seasoned and dynamic director.

Position Overview

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Reporting to the Chief Development Officer and working in close partnership with other members of the organization’s leadership, the Director, Foundation Relations is primarily responsible for: Leading and managing the NAACP’s ongoing efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation prospects and donors. Serves as a senior member of the development team and oversees the design and successful implementation of specific tactics, strategies and core messages, ensuring their coordination and alignment within the organization. Provides considerable expertise, direction, and discretion in advancing the NAACP’s case for support in highly competitive and specialized philanthropic arenas.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and personal qualities: Bachelor’s degree preferred and 7+ years foundation relations experience. Strong ties to the progressive foundation community and considerable expertise in domestic social justice issues. Possess a minimum of seven years development related experience. Experience in a leadership role in securing significant foundation grants on behalf of a similar nonprofit organization(s). Exceptional interpersonal, communications, oral and written skills and the ability to gather and distill relevant data/information and disseminate it throughout the organization. Demonstrated personal qualities of integrity, self-confidence, team work, diplomacy, passion and intellectual curiosity and assertiveness are essential. Ability to work independently, yet manage a small team and interface effectively with and leverage the knowledge, talents and resources of individuals within a robust and highly changing environment.

How To Apply

For immediate consideration, please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Yvonne Rivera, Director, Talent Acquisition, Nonprofit HR, via email: yrivera@nonprofithr.com.

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