Foundation Manager

The Foundation Manager is responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive institutional foundation giving program. The position reports to the Senior Director of Development, and works closely with the Annual Giving Manager, Corporate Development Officer, CEO, and program teams to develop and write proposals. This position requires a motivated self-starter with a demonstrated ability to identify funders and write effective proposals. The Foundation Manager should have excellent writing and communication skills with a track record of gaining new funding, and a strong attention to detail. 


Solicitation (30%): Collaborate with HGSF leadership, fund development team and relevant staff to ensure all grant proposals, LOI, and other materials align donor requirements and interests with HGSF funding priorities and needs; Meet all monthly, quarterly and annual goals by submitting 50+ proposals annually.

Cultivation & Stewardship (25%): Build and maintain effective relationships with program officers through thoughtful cultivation and stewardship; introduce HGSF senior leadership, and relevant HGSF staff as appropriate to educate, inform and engage multiple stakeholders. 

Strategy (15%): Assist in developing the strategy for building the foundation relations development program, generating six and seven figure commitments to support HGSF’s priorities. 

Management (15%): Day-to-day management of all aspects of administration of foundations, including budgeting, key performance indicators and metrics, and related processes; Foster a professional environment that encourages and supports a highly functional fund development team; support a culture of excellence and execution of best-in-class partnerships; apply learnings to identify and seek new funding opportunities.

Prospect Identification (10%): Through in-depth research and/or personal knowledge of grant-making organizations, lead the identification process of potential funders that align with HGSF funding priorities. 

Reporting (5%): Supervise grant reporting process; monitor deadlines and work closely with HGSF stakeholders and program officers to ensure reporting requirements are met in a timely fashion and in full compliance with the foundation's reporting standards including HGSF finance, construction, and Neighborhood Revitalization departments to ensure grant agreements, acknowledgements and payments are processed on time and accurately; Maintain accurate, detailed records in Salesforce database. 


  • Bachelor's Degree required, Master’s degree preferred 
  • 5+ years of related experience
  • Programmatic and development experience in securing complex, six-and seven-figure multiyear grants preferably with the top funders in the housing/shelter, community development, and human services sectors 
  • Ability to effectively work cross functionally & sell ideas internally 
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills with excellent interpersonal, presentation and negotiation skills 
  • Highly collaborative 
  • Strong attention to detail/organizational skills 
  • Solutions-oriented with commitment to delivering excellent internal and external customer service. 
  • Ability to complete multiple projects concurrently while balancing competing priorities; ability to meet deadlines 
  • Complex problem solving 
  • Computer literate; able to use word-processing, spreadsheet, database and project software 
  • Working knowledge of Salesforce CRM preferred 
  • Knowledge of Habitat's mission preferred 
  • Background or interest in affordable housing and community development issues a plus

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