Washington Environmental Council: Foundations Manager

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Washington Environmental Council: Foundations Manager



Position Description: Foundations Manager

Position summary: The Foundations Manager leads the strategy and manages the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process for current and prospective foundation funders and when applicable, government grants. These revenue sources currently generate between $1.5M - $1.8M annually for our organization. This position manages the development, writing, and submission of timely and compelling grant proposals and reports and works with program and finance staff to draft and submit all needed materials. Additional responsibilities include researching prospective funders and developing related outreach and cultivation plans. This is a full-time position, based in Seattle, WA and reports to the Development Director.


Our Organization:

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) are nonprofit, statewide advocacy organizations that drive positive change to solve our state's most pressing environmental challenges. For 50 years, WEC has been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment. WCV is the statewide political voice for the environment, working to elect environmental champions to state and local offices and hold officials accountable for their environmental actions.

By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington state. Combined, we have a staff of 30 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference.

Responsibilities: The Foundations Manager works closely with the Development Director and program staff to create strategies for foundation fundraising to achieve annual and multi-year revenue goals. Key responsibilities include:

Grant Management:

  • Develop revenue projections from foundations and drive the development of strategies to achieve those goals.
  • Oversee the development and delivery of high quality letters of inquiry and proposals. This includes drafting original content, editing content from program and/or executive staff, ensuring the submittal of all supporting materials, and managing internal timelines for outreach, content development and review.
  • Steward ongoing relationships with foundation funders to ensure they are kept apprised of relevant work and activities. Draft updates and prepare program directors for meetings as needed.
  • Develop, write, and edit narrative and financial reports to funders.
  • Facilitate outreach to foundation staff, including drafting emails, coordinating calls and meetings.
  • Identify prospective funders and develop cultivation strategies to support new funding relationships; facilitates outreach to build the donor pipeline.
  • Collaborate with program staff to present WEC’s work in a manner that aligns with funder interest.
  • Ensure the grant and reporting calendar is well managed and kept up-to-date in SalesForce.
  • Direct and oversee the grant related work of the Development Manager.


  • Develops significant understanding of program work and goals to be able to able to articulate organizational value to funders.
  • Participate in the setting of Development team goals and objectives.
  • Join Development team in supporting signature events, cultivation events, work parties, and other efforts as needed.


Skills Required:

  • A minimum of 3+ years of experience in grant writing and reporting, with demonstrated success in securing foundation grants.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to meet the often-tight deadlines associated with the submittal of multiple grants reports and proposals.
  • Superior writing and editing skills to be able to describe the organization’s work and values in character-limited fields associated with grant reports/proposals.
  • Excellent Interpersonal and communications skills to be able to work effectively across our internal team and with foundation staff.
  • Ability to remain flexible under pressure.
  • Ability to drive work forward independently while solving problems and seizing opportunities, all in a fast-paced team setting.
  • Basic understanding of budgets and financial information and how it informs the grant process.
  • Experience with Salesforce or other donor software and is able to generate relevant information.
  • Proficiency with MS Office products.


Desired skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues.
  • Knowledge of Northwest grantmaking community.
  • Background with government grants would be a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice principles.


Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $55,000 to $65,000 depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome new and diverse people to a great team who together shape environmental protection in Washington.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

This is a full-time position and is expected to work a standard work week of 40 hours. Some weeks may require additional hours to meet deadlines. The position involves office work i.e. sitting at a desk using a computer and/or phone for long periods of time. Accommodations can be made for this position for persons who might need them.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and a resume online here.  No phone calls or mailed applications please. There is no submittal deadline associated with this application process, however we will begin to review applicants as they arrive.

Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.

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