Associate Director, Institutional Giving

Associate Director, Institutional Giving

Reports to: Director of Development
Location: Remote (commuting proximity to NYC, LA, DC, or Bay Area preferred)
Classification: Full-time (40 hours per week), Exempt, Union-eligible
Salary Range: $90,000-97,000 (Grade 10)

About Bend the Arc

Bend the Arc is building a multiracial, multiethnic, intergenerational movement of Jews and allies all across the country who are rising up to build an American future free from white supremacy, antisemitism, and racism. We’re investing in systems that keep our communities safe and divesting from systems that uphold white supremacy. We organize, advocate, tell stories, and develop the leaders we need to build the multiracial democracy that’s been promised in America but never achieved. And we’re fighting for the joyful future we deserve: one where Black liberation is realized and where all of us — within and beyond our Jewish family — are safe and thriving.

The Bend the Arc family of organizations consists of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, our 501(c)(4) organizing and advocacy arm; Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, the first and only Jewish PAC to advocate exclusively for progressive policies in the U.S.; and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, our 501(c)(3) education and leadership arm.

Headquartered in New York City, we have remote staff nationwide with clusters in Los Angeles and Washington DC, with a network of staffed chapters, volunteer-led local groups, and affiliates organizing nationwide.

About the Position

We are seeking an experienced, mid-career institutional fundraiser to hold end-to-end management for our full grants portfolio, which brings in $1.5-2MM per year from private, family, and community foundations. The ideal candidate will possess strategic savvy in the foundation space and be proficient in project management, oriented toward building authentic and durable relationships with institutional funding partners, and able to communicate Bend the Arc’s work clearly and compellingly to funder audiences. They will be able to transition seamlessly from the big picture to the details, create and maintain systems, and take this portfolio to the next level.

Working at Bend the Arc

As a Bend the Arc staff member, you will be part of an intentional, learning-immersive culture that seeks to embody and practice the values of justice and equity that animate our mission and our work. You will have opportunities to regularly be in cross-disciplinary space with your colleagues — in regular all-staff meetings and trainings, in ad-hoc and standing cross-team committees, and through a body of shared work toward becoming a pro-Black organization.

All staff are expected to participate in our race equity transformation and apply shared principles, practices, and tools in executing their everyday job responsibilities, and are held accountable to a set of competencies that are regularly assessed through our evaluation process.

We are creating a culture of resilience, self-awareness, and ongoing learning to meet the political moment and to move toward our north star: a multiracial democracy where Black liberation is realized and where everyone can live and thrive. We are proud to be a Union shop and to be working with the Non-profit Employees Union (NPEU) toward achieving our goals.

Key Responsibilities

Funder Relationships:

  • Manage a portfolio of 50-75 active institutional supporters and prospects
  • Keep funders up to date on our work via regular phone calls, emails, in-person meetings, written updates and reports, and events (e.g. funder briefings)
  • Support CEO in preparing for funder meetings
  • Seek out new sources of support by developing and executing on a comprehensive prospecting strategy
  • With Director of Development, identify opportunities to engage, advocate with, and organize funders on topics of importance to our broader field
  • Keep up to date with and share developments in the field of philanthropy

Grant Development:

  • Prepare and submit grant narratives and reports to funders
  • Develop concepts and narrative for new and/or high-stakes proposals (six-figure+ grants, multiyear asks, asks for new strategic initiatives)
  • Maintain and update program language bank
  • Ensure grant deliverables are accurate and reflect program objectives
  • Work with staff, grassroots leaders, and other stakeholders to ensure grant narratives are accurate and up-to-date
  • In conjunction with the Finance department, develop grant budgets, financial statements, and other supporting materials for proposals and reports

Systems Development and Management:

  • Maintain tracking calendar for the full grant cycle, including all reporting and proposal deadlines, planned stewardship, and other outreach
  • Develop projections for institutional revenue to inform the budget development process
  • Ensure that administrative documents are up-to-date and easily accessible

Skills & Qualifications

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following qualities, skills, and experiences:

  • At least 3-5 years of experience in grant writing, foundation relations, and/or development communications required, with a demonstrated track record of success in reaching donor and funder audiences
  • Strong commitment to justice and equity and grounding in pro-Black values and practices; familiarity and alignment with Bend the Arc’s mission and vision
  • Knowledge of Jewish communal ecosystem, Jewish philanthropy, and/or the progressive funding landscape a strong plus
  • Ability to efficiently and persuasively write, edit, and proofread compelling narrative in support of our for movement-building and advocacy work for diverse funder audiences (including Jewish and non-Jewish funders)
  • Skilled relationship manager and developer
  • Capacity to hold, organize, and synthesize large amounts of information at a complex organization with multiple streams of work happening simultaneously
  • Orientation toward storytelling and meaning-making, rather than solely “beat reporting”
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Experience with project management and administration; skilled at creating and maintaining systems and processes to organize and streamline institutional giving portfolio
  • Familiarity and experience with interpreting and creating budgets and financial statements for proposals and reports
  • Skilled at and comfortable with working both independently and in a group setting (both with and across teams) to accomplish tasks and complete projects
  • Thrives in a role that is both internal and external – able to focus on writing and administrative projects, as well as communicate clearly and effectively with external stakeholders such as program officers and other foundation staff
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and familiarity with Google platforms (including Gmail and Google Docs) and Slack)
  • Prior experience fundraising for a multi-entity organization (e.g. 501c3/501c4) a plus
  • Experience with databases such as Raiser’s Edge and NationBuilder a plus

Working Conditions

Bend the Arc is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and interview process and to perform essential job functions. Please advise in writing of any needs at the time of application by emailing [email protected]. Must be able to operate a computer, video platforms, and other office machinery throughout working hours. Must be able to identify, discern, and communicate across different platforms (including Slack, email, phone, and video conferencing) on a regular basis. Must regularly collect and analyze information in databases, documents, and spreadsheets and be able to synthesize and make meaning of this information. Must occasionally (4-6 times per year) travel by air and ground transportation and move about to attend funder meetings, conferences, events, and an annual staff retreat in accordance with organizational guidelines on travel due to COVID. Any work-related travel would be paid for by Bend the Arc.

Compensation, Benefits, and Work Schedule

This is a full-time, exempt position. The work schedule will include some evenings when needed and occasional weekends, including travel a few times a year. The annual salary range is $90,000 - $97,000 commensurate with experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package:

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc for individual coverage and employer contribution of 80% toward monthly premiums for dependent and family coverage;
  • Long and short term disability benefits fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
  • Paid time off including:
    • 15 vacation days during your first three years with an increase to 20 vacation days in your fourth year
    • 12 sick days per year
    • 23 paid holidays each year
    • Caregiving / Personal Leave of Absence policy with a Paid Leave Benefit that covers up to 12 paid weeks after 90 days on staff
    • Fully paid Sabbatical of up to 12 weeks for long-term employees;
  • Adoption Assistance Program providing reimbursement of up to $1,500 for qualified adoption expenses;
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account;
  • Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account for eligible health related expenses;
  • Commuter Benefits;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Life Insurance fully paid for by Bend the Arc;
  • Access to professional development funding;
  • Access to funding for home office equipment;
  • Monthly utilities reimbursement

In addition to this benefits package, Bend the Arc has a commitment to an intentional organizational culture where staff can thrive, as well as a commitment with staff and board to be in ongoing practice and learning around racial equity and inclusion.

Bend the Arc has been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and does not currently have a set date for returning to regular in-person work. We offer a stipend to facilitate remote work, if needed. We regularly update our policies for in-person gathering to reflect CDC guidelines and best practice. This position, as noted above, entails some travel, including to team and all-staff retreats and meetings with funders.

To Apply

Research suggests that women and structurally marginalized and/or underrepresented groups of people believe they need to meet 100% of the requirements in job postings to even apply. Bend the Arc encourages anyone who believes they have the skills and motivation necessary to succeed here to apply for this role, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications, as no one applicant ever does. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to [email protected] with “Associate Director, Institutional Giving” in the subject line of your message. Your cover letter should highlight why you are excited to build partnerships between Bend the Arc and institutional funders, what opportunities you see to expand Bend the Arc’s institutional funding portfolio, and why you would be a good fit for this specific role. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; we anticipate beginning outreach to candidates selected for interviews in early January 2024.

Due to the number of applications we typically receive, we sincerely regret that someone from our hiring team will not be able to respond to all applicants. Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview. No phone calls please.

EEO Statement

Bend the Arc values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture because we recognize that diversity within our staff helps us organize and work well with diverse Jewish and progressive constituencies. Candidates should be willing to work within the Jewish community, but may be of any (or no) faith or background.

Bend the Arc provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally protected status. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.