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Senior Portfolio Manager, Foundation Relations

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United States


Type of Job



110,000 to $125,000

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Published Date

Sep 23, 2022

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NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


Position Summary
NRDC seeks an experienced Senior Portfolio Manager (PM) to join the Foundation Relations team with primary responsibility for the successful planning and execution of cultivation and fundraising strategies designed to deepen foundation funder engagement in support of NRDC’s most important advocacy goals. The Foundations Relations team collectively raises between $44 million and $50 million per year.

The Senior Portfolio Manager, Foundation Relations will be responsible for managing a portfolio of foundations primarily based on the East Coast, working strategically and collaboratively to help meet institutional fundraising goals. The Portfolio Manager works closely with foundation program officers, NRDC experts, Development leadership, grant writers, and others to develop strategic approaches to funding opportunities. The Portfolio Manager is a key part of the Foundation Relations team within the Development Department and is expected to be a resource for colleagues.

The ideal candidate will be one with significant experience working in a high-volume foundation fundraising capacity, an ability to craft fundraising strategies and communications in clear and compelling language, and a personal commitment to environmental advocacy.



  • Relationship manager for a portfolio of foundation donorsDeveloping fundraising strategy for proposals and reports
    Responding in a timely manner and meeting all deadlines
    Providing regular updates to the program officer(s)
    Identifying expanded opportunities for engagement
    Staying current on foundation news, priorities and informing key staff as needed
  • Liaison between program/department staff and the donorAdvising on managing the relationships with program officers
    Keeping NRDC staff focused on institutional priorities and needs
    Participating in program/department retreats and working groups
    Looking for opportunities for growing funding and promoting institutional collaboration
    Working collaboratively to develop projects and limit target increases
  • Development team memberServing as a resource for colleagues
    Maintaining clear, timely records
    Sharing ideas
    Setting clear goals and providing regular updates toward meeting goals
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 8+ years’ experience in raising funds from foundations
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and environmental foundations preferred
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to develop fundraising strategies working in conjunction with program experts and Development leadership
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain enduring relationships with foundation program officers and colleagues
  • Superior writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop proposals, reports and other materials, including budgets and financial reports
  • Organizational skills; ability to prioritize, delegate, and simultaneously oversee multiple streams of work to meet overlapping deadlines
  • Detail oriented with high standards of excellence
  • Commitment to principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $ 110,000 to $125,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.


Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.


To apply, visit and upload your résumé and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs.

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