The New Press
Job Announcement 
October 11, 2017

Manager of Foundation Relations

The New Press (TNP) 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
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 other materials as needed.


  • Managing, overseeing, and executing The New Press’s foundation fundraising plan with a goal of raising at least one million dollars ($1,000,000) 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 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.
  • Attend editorial meetings, as appropriate, to evaluate funding opportunities related to editorial prospects (proposals, RFPs, potential authors), to convey foundation interests, and to help to facilitate the exchange of ideas/information between development and editorial staff.

Required Skills/Experience

  • The ideal candidate will have the ability to identify ways to match the programs, books, and activities of The New Press with potential foundation funders; identify proactive and responsive strategies for engaging (and partnering as appropriate) with program officers in ways that address foundation priorities and goals.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, diplomacy, attention to detail, pro-activeness, and a high energy level.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with foundation stakeholders, and will be a central part of the team that meets with foundation stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years’ experience with grant writing and management.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently, effectively managing multiple projects, tasks and deadlines.
  • Proven track record with proposal writing for institutional donors.
  •  Proficiency with fundraising techniques, strategies, and sources.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with prospect research techniques.
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to careers@thenewpress.com;

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.