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Director of Foundation Relations
Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, DC
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Date Posted 08/05/2019
Philanthropy-Foundation Relations
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Director of Foundation Relations
Public Religion Research Institute
Washington, DC
About PRRI
Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization that explores and illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape. PRRI’s mission is to help journalists, scholars, pundits, thought leaders, and the general public better understand American public opinion and behavior, and the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics.
Position Summary
The Director of Foundation Relations will work in close collaboration with the CEO and Chief of Staff, as part of PRRI’s executive leadership team, to develop and implement a funding strategy that supports the organization’s sustainability and growth. This position will play a critical role in creating systems and processes to effectively and efficiently identify potential institutional funders and track and manage relationships with existing funders. In addition, the Director of Foundation Relations will help the CEO, Board, and staff members prepare for meetings with current and potential funders. The ideal candidate will bring strong organizational and communication skills, proven knowledge of best practices in fundraising and foundation relations, and a passion for PRRI’s mission.
Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Support PRRI’s CEO in creating and executing a development strategy with clearly defined outcomes, activities, and responsibilities

  • Develop processes and systems to identify potential institutional funders and track and manage existing funding relationships, primarily among major foundations; use data and analytics to drive efficiencies

  • Plan and prepare for meetings with current and potential supporters and accompany leadership at cultivation meetings

  • Work collaboratively with staff and Board to engage them in fundraising where appropriate

  • Work closely with the Chief of Staff to ensure accurate accounting and balancing of all financial information

  • Manage a small but growing development team



  • Minimum of five years of nonprofit fundraising experience with major national foundations

  • Demonstrated track record of cultivating and maintaining relationships with institutional program officers

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and a proven ability to inspire and engage a variety of donors

  • Strong listening and problem-solving abilities with a positive, can-do attitude

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and cultivate teamwork

  • Strong facility working with fundraising databases, foundation compliance systems such as FLUXX, and using data analytics to maximize funding opportunities

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