Portfolio Manager, Foundation Relations
Natural Resources Defense Council - New York, NY

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary :
NRDC is seeking a Portfolio Manager for Foundation Relations in the Development Department in its New York office. The ideal candidate will be one with a commitment to environmental advocacy and who has experience working for a high-volume foundations department. The Portfolio Manager will be charged with managing and helping to cultivate a significant group of small-, mid-, and high-level foundation donors in the New York metropolitan area, securing annual and, where possible, increased support from this core group, and working with the Director of Foundation Relations to develop a new prospect pool with the goal of expanding the organization’s foundations donor base in the region.

The position reports directly to NRDC’s Director of Foundation Relations, who oversees all foundation fundraising across the country and, increasingly, internationally, and works closely with senior NRDC management, the Director of Development, the Deputy Director of Development, and key program staff members to identify and manage the solicitation strategies and timetable for this cadre of prospects and donors. The Portfolio Manager for Foundation Relations will be responsible for: 1) maintaining a working knowledge of the interests, needs, and expectations of the organization’s foundation funders in the New York metropolitan area; and 2) overseeing the solicitations of new and prospective foundation funders in the region in concert with the Director of Foundation Relations, and other Development and Program staff.

Responsibilities :
Manages a portfolio of New York-based foundations under the supervision of the Director of Foundation Relations.

Oversees the complete cycle of regularly renewed grants within the designated portfolio with minimal supervision, consulting and following up with program staff from across the institution as needed.

Participates in strategic planning with regard to New York metro area foundation funders and prospects.

Oversees the solicitations of new prospects in coordination with the Director of Foundation Relations.

Works in coordination with Lynne Shevlin, the Manager of Foundation Relations, who has primary responsibility for grant writing and grants management, and with the team of grant writers as needed to address issues with regard to proposal applications and reporting and to help move assignments forward.

Acts as general liaison with NRDC’s Finance and Accounting Department with regard to the day-to-day issues relating to the defined portfolio of funders.

Writes detailed proposals and progress reports, including for technical grants that fund particular programs (subject to change) and which require some advanced knowledge in those areas of specialization.

Prepares complex project budgets and compiles financial information.

Required Skills

5 years foundation fundraising or equivalent experience

Knowledge of foundation funders in New York region

Strong communication, writing and interpersonal skills required

Ability to interface effectively with the highest level of NRDC donors and senior staff members

Must be comfortable working with budgets and expense reports

Familiarity with development database and tracking systems a plus

BA or BS required; MA or MBA a plus

Relocation may be available for this position

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663 .

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/jobs . No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org

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