Senior Foundation Relations Associate/Grant Writer

Senior Foundation Relations Associate/Grant Writer

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Council for a Strong America
November 5, 2021
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Senior Foundation Relations Associate/Grant Writer (2 positions available)

National Office, Washington DC

Team: Strategic Planning and Development

Job Overview

Council for a Strong America seeks two Senior Foundation Relations Associates/Grant Writers to join its Strategic Planning and Development team. The Senior Associates will be responsible for managing a portfolio of national and state foundation and corporate donors.  This includes writing proposals and reports, monitoring ongoing grant work, researching new prospects, and cultivating new and current donors.  The Senior Associates will help steward relationships and facilitate interactions with donors along with program staff and support the development team and senior leadership in meeting annual and long-range funding goals.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing a portfolio primarily of foundation donors that support CSA’s advocacy work and collectively contribute to the organization’s $10+ million annual revenue goal;
  • Supporting the development activities of at least three satellite state offices;
  • Writing clear, compelling grant proposals and reports by remaining familiar with the work of the organization and soliciting input from program staff;
  • Contributing to the growth and retention of funding by collaborating with program staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, steward, and renew donations from foundations and periodically corporations;
  • Preparing background and research materials, talking points, email updates, acknowledgments, and/or other materials necessary to deepen prospect engagement, secure contributions, and steward relationships;
  • Staffing senior leadership on important fundraising meetings and calls, drafting agendas, taking thorough notes, and leading the process for next steps and follow-up;
  • Partnering with program staff to ensure the implementation of grant agreements in a manner that satisfies funder requirements;
  • Contributing to and supporting processes and procedures that improve the efficiency of the development team and its interactions with the rest of the organization; and
  • Demonstrating confidence and good judgment in representing CSA public policies, research, and programs to funders and prospects.



  • At least 5-7 years experience in foundation fundraising -- including writing grant proposals and reports -- for national and/or regional nonprofit organizations.
  • Excellent project manager; able to evaluate and prioritize concurrent proposals, reports, and prospecting projects, and respond flexibly to changes.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills; able to discuss policy advocacy in an engaging manner.
  • Collaborative; able to work effectively in person and over video conferencing with national office staff, remote staff, and development colleagues.
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized; able to meet deadlines while producing high-quality work.
  • Self-starter; able to think creatively and anticipate the needs of senior leadership and colleagues.
  • Confident, but humble; able to listen to and synthesize ideas from colleagues into products that satisfy funder requirements.
  • Proficient with Word/Excel/PowerPoint and Google Drive.
  • Strong commitment to our mission.


  • Experience in a national or state policy advocacy nonprofit.
  • Knowledge of our core policy issues, including early childhood education and care, children’s health and nutrition, and K-16 education.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and advocacy strategies.
  • Experience with Salesforce or comparable database and or comparable workflow programs.
  • Good sense of humor.


College degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training

Salary: 75-95k plus benefits

Travel (when CSA lifts its restrictions):

Occasional travel is required out of the state.

Overnight: Yes

Duration: 1-2 days per quarter

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Application Procedure

Only applications with a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position included will be considered.

Council for a Strong America is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is seeking a diverse slate of candidates for formal consideration

How To Apply

Application Procedure

Apply through our website by clicking the link and only applications with a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position included will be considered.