Manager of Foundations

3 weeks ago
Development / Fundraising
Regular Full-Time
Targeted Job Start Date

Overview & Benefits

Bottom Line is dedicated to helping low-income, first generation students get into college, graduate college, and go far in life.  Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.


As one of the first college support organizations to focus on completion, Bottom Line now produces best-in-class graduation rates that eliminate the significant gap between low-income students and their wealthier peers. We operate regional programs in Massachusetts, where we were founded in 1997, New York City and Chicago that collectively serve over 7200 students.  We plan to open two new sites in major urban areas and double our footprint to 11,000 students by 2020.


Bottom Line identifies students who have the desire and potential to earn a degree, but lack the support structures necessary to navigate the college application process, make a responsible school choice, succeed in college, and prepare for a meaningful career.  


Over the last 20 years, Bottom Line has developed a proven and proactive long-term, high-touch, high-impact model.  Full-time, trained and specialized advisors leverage our DEAL model which addresses the four key areas that are most likely to lead to college success:  Degree, Employability, Affordability, and Life.  Our relationship and results focused approach helps our students change their lives by gaining economic mobility through college selection, graduation, and career-readiness.


When you join Bottom Line, you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, results-oriented environment. We build strong relationships with our students and with each other. We take our work seriously, and we know that a focus on data and metrics is integral to our continued success. Experts in our fields, we are driven by our mission and we are extremely proud of the work we do.


The salary range for this position is low-to-mid 50's.


Bottom Line offers a comprehensive benefits package:


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Bottom Line is currently seeking a Manager of Foundation Relations & Operations to join our New York team and help us meet our aggressive fundraising goals. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, has a track record of writing complex grant proposals, and has demonstrated experience managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Reporting to the Managing Director of Development & External Affairs, the Manager will play a key role on a small, tightly-knit team to ensure that the organization’s funding goals are achieved.


Key Responsibilities


Portfolio Management & Foundation Relations

  • Lead all foundation grant and report efforts throughout the year, including writing, tracking deadlines, coordinating cultivation, and researching new opportunities
  • Maintain the grant calendar and ensure that proposals and reports are submitted before the deadline with enough time to create a high-quality product
  • Create boilerplate language to be used for grants, reports, and other materials
  • Create compelling content for foundation proposals and reports that is tailored to the audience in collaboration with program team and leadership
  • Actively research and identify new grant opportunities that meet the funding needs of the organization
  • Track development and donor data through Salesforce database
  • Plan and execute portfolio management:
  • Develop yearlong stewardship plan for foundation funders, ensuring that funders receive multiple touch points in the course of the year
  • Prepare for funder interactions, including researching donor priorities, history, and suggested ask amount or program restrictions, if any
  • Schedule regular site visits with priority funders and include appropriate staff as well as Bottom Line students
  • Ensure acknowledgment of funders via Annual Report, website, e-newsletter, and social media


Development Operations & Finance

  • Work with New York development staff and national finance and development staff to implement efficient procedures that ensure accuracy and consistency in revenue reporting
  • Act as liaison to national finance team to reconcile monthly revenue reports, ensuring monthly financial reports are an accurate and thorough accounting
  • Establish and maintain protocols, integrity, and standards for gift entry, donor information, and hard filing systems
  • Train support staff on development operations


  • At least 3-5 years of related experience specifically around grant writing for mission-driven organizations
  • Exceptional writing skills with a proven track record of successful grant writing and management
  • Demonstrated skills at executing detail-oriented projects to meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to work independently to develop content and lead projects, while also working within a close-knit team and across diverse teams
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Experience with databases, Salesforce preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to Bottom Line’s mission and core values
  • Experience working with diverse team
  • Experience working in a data-driven and process-driven organization
  • Bachelor’s degree and work authorization required


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