The New Press, an award-winning, nonprofit book publisher located in the Wall Street area (www.thenewpress.com), has an exciting opportunity for an experienced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial Manager of Foundation Relations to join our organization. This is an immediate, full-time position reporting to the Director of Development.
Summary of Job
The Manager of Foundation Relations is a position that is critical to our fundraising apparatus and to The New Press as a whole. The individual to fill this role will inherit a professionalized foundations portfolio, one that is deep, expansive, and stable and reflects a breadth of supporters.
As the day-to-day operational lead for institutional fundraising, the Manager of Foundation Relations manages The New Press-wide grants efforts and is responsible for securing support from foundations to meet the organization’s operating needs. In addition to conducting prospect research, writing, and managing grant proposals, the position is also responsible for assisting in planning and budget development, including developing related materials as needed.
Managing, overseeing, and executing The New Press’s foundation fundraising plan with a goal of raising roughly $1.4 million a year from public and private foundations in support of The New Press’s charitable mission.
Maintaining relationships with existing foundation donors, which include a variety of large and small foundations and multiple stakeholders within each foundation.
Identifying, researching, and cultivating new and lapsed foundation donors for unrestricted and restricted support.
Coordinating, preparing for, and attending, as appropriate, meetings with foundation staff, along with the Executive Director, Editorial Director, editorial staff, and Development Director.
Writing and coordinating foundation proposals, in conjunction with other members of the fundraising team and editorial staff, for specific book projects as well as general operating support.
Reporting on all foundation grants in a thorough and timely fashion and working closely with The New Press Accounting Manager on financial reporting.
Working with Development Director to develop and manage budget projections.
Attending editorial meetings, as appropriate, to evaluate funding opportunities related to editorial prospects (proposals, RFPs, potential authors), to convey foundation interests, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas/information between development and editorial staff.
How to Apply
Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, reference “Manager of Foundation Relations” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
A writing sample will be required for candidates offered an interview. Submissions without thoughtful cover letters will not be considered.
The New Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
The New Press offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
The New Press is affiliated with the Technical, Office, and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110
UAW, AFL-CIO; this position is covered in the bargaining unit.
The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, savvy, and strategically-minded individual who will help us expand our reach and build on our successes. She or he will also have
The ability to match the programs, books, and activities of The New Press with potential foundation funders, and to identify proactive and responsive strategies for engaging (and partnering as appropriate) with program officers in ways that address foundation priorities and goal;
Exceptional organizational skills, diplomacy, attention to detail, pro-activeness, and a high energy level;
Previous experience working in non-profits, preferably in the social justice space;
Excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with foundation stakeholders; candidate will be a central part of the team that meets with foundation staff;
A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years’ experience with grant writing and management;
Excellent communication skills (oral and written).
The ability to work as part of a team and independently, effectively managing multiple projects, tasks, and deadlines.
A proven track record with proposal writing for institutional donor;
Proficiency with fundraising techniques, strategies, and source
Knowledge of and familiarity with prospect research technique
Experience with budget development and monitoring.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive
About The New Press
The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world. These books are made possible by the enthusiasm of our readers; the support of a committed group of donors, large and small; the collaboration of our many partners in the independent media and the not-for-profit sector; booksellers, who often hand-sell New Press books; librarians; and above all by our authors.
Since publishing its first book in 1992, The New Press has been widely hailed as a leading trade publisher. Booksellers, educators, critics and readers have extensively praised the New Press's books, and they have been the recipients of numerous awards. The Press itself has been featured in publications from the New York Times, The Nation, Education Week, and the Christian Science Monitor to The Guardian (UK), Toronto Globe and Mail (Canada), Le Monde (France), and many other international media.
The New Press, often called the “NPR of nonprofit publishing;” publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion issues vital to democracy and a more equitable world. Our most celebrated recent book is Michelle Ale...xander’s The New Jim Crow, which profiled the racial caste system in America. Most notably, the book helped to spark a nationwide movement seeking to change how prisons and law enforcement disproportionately discriminate against African American men. It's currently #6 on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list (and has been there for the past 158th weeks)! Last fall, in the run-up to the election we published Arlie Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land, which tried to understand the motivations of those on the Right, specifically looking at communities in the Louisiana Bayou. The book was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards.