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Institutional Giving Officer

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
New York, United States
$65,000.00 - $75,000.00
Closing date
Aug 18, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research
Advocacy, Legal Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Us
Founded in 2003, the Transgender Legal Defense & Educational Fund (TLDEF) is a national organization committed to advancing justice and equity for transgender people through impact litigation, direct legal services, advocacy, and public education. This year TLDEF has worked with a number of the nation’s largest insurers to successfully obtain removal of transgender health exclusions covering millions of members nationwide. We have brought Miami-Dade County to the negotiating table to end abuses against transgender detainees in their jail system, building on our 2020 success obtaining one of the nation’s strongest jail policies to protect transgender inmates in New York. We have also succeeded in improving court rules governing name changes in several states. And we’re just getting started. TLDEF is now engaged in a strategic planning process and brand refresh to sharpen its focus and guide its future development and growth.

The Opportunity
TLDEF is adding a new and exciting position to its growing staff and seeks an entrepreneurial and highly organized Institutional Giving Officer who is eager to join a high growth organization at a critical time for transgender rights. In less than three years, TLDEF’s annual budget has more than doubled in size from $831K to $2M+ as a direct result of the Executive Director’s plan to scale our organization to meet the challenges and opportunities that face our movement. We are seeking a strong relationship manager who has experience building and maintaining a diverse portfolio of effective institutional relationships focused on ensuring TLDEF’s strategic priorities are effectively resourced. Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will possess both the technical and interpersonal skills required to own all aspects of institutional giving. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage a growing portfolio of foundation relationships currently valued at $600,000 with a focus on building strong, sustainable relationships.
  • Manage a portfolio of city and state government contracts currently valued at $485,000 and shepherd the contracts process from initial application to execution.
  • Regularly research and identify foundation prospects and cultivate strong leads with an eye toward increasing foundation support.
  • Produce all grant proposals, reports, and additional collateral related to foundation and government funding solicitations.
  • Establish and implement systems to ensure effective grant writing processes, including application and reporting calendars and internal communications with program staff to craft accurate and up-to-date proposals and reports.
  • Develop an institutional donor communications plan (i.e., email updates, funder briefings, etc.) to ensure foundations and government agencies are kept informed of timely or breaking developments.
  • Collaborate with the senior team and program staff in the preparation and execution of relationship-building among prospects, stewardship activities, and proposal development and reporting.
  • Actively work across development and program teams to identify and determine funding opportunities and priorities for existing and new programs.
  • Assist with all aspects of preparation for foundation or government agency meetings. Represent TLDEF at funder meetings or gatherings as needed.
  • Work with program staff to ensure institutional giving opportunities consistently align with the organization’s needs.
  • Analyze grant award letters for terms and conditions and translate them into deliverable deadlines. Ensure a timely acknowledgment process.
  • Partner with the Operations Manager to formulate budgets and ensure all foundation grants and government contracts are properly tracked and reconciled. Maintain timely and accurate records for compliance purposes.
  • Provide counsel to the Director of Development and Executive Director about timely and relevant developments related to TLDEF’s foundation grants and government contracts.
  • Partner effectively with the Director of Development to achieve development goals.
  • Participate in the successful completion of special projects and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications 

  • Strong belief in TLDEF’s mission and the people who are driving the work forward, including an intersectional commitment to social, racial, economic, disability, and gender justice.
  • At least three to five years of experience managing a portfolio of foundation grants and/or government contracts, including direct experience in at least two or more of the following areas: grant writing, proposal development, grant management, and prospect research.
  • Experience with cultivating and stewarding effective relationships with funders.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong research skills and the ability to synthesize complex information or concepts.
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills, including ability to develop and maintain best-in-class systems, policies, and tools that directly support institutional giving and the overall development department.
  • Proficiency with prospecting tools and other development-specific resources, such as the Foundation Center, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Experience with collaborative tools, such as Asana, Slack, and Zoom.
  • Ability to travel on occasion and flexibility in working hours for periodic events and related functions in the evenings and weekends. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing a diverse portfolio of grants and/or government contracts with a total value of at least $250,000 to $500,000.
  • Experience engaging LGBTQ+ funders, gender justice funders, and/or government agencies.
  • Knowledge of emergent and current issues impacting transgender and nonbinary people.
  • Fluency or proficiency in a language other than English, especially Spanish. 

Personal Qualities

  • Strategic thinker. You love to plan with goals and objectives, outcomes, and deadlines. You know how to map out the landscape and identify all the players. You think ahead, come prepared with solutions, and know how to keep your eyes on the “big picture.”
  • Evangelizer. You are passionate about mission-driven organizations. You naturally excel at finding ways to inspire and build positive relationships along the way.
  • Integrity. You’re committed to the belief that fundraising must align with mission and values. You understand that you have been entrusted to create impact for and with transgender and nonbinary communities.
  • Strive for excellence. You set high standards for your work. You proudly take ownership of your responsibilities and actively search for ways to innovate and improve.
  • Adaptable. You’re unbothered by the need to work in a group or by yourself. You have what it takes to thrive in a fast-paced environment and with a high performing team.

Special Notes
Since last year, TLDEF’s office has remained closed and all work travel suspended. TLDEF employees currently work from home and only visit the office when necessary. The office is expected to re-open in the early Fall, but employees continue to temporarily work remote.

To ensure the health and safety of TLDEF employees and job applicants, the hiring process in its entirety will be conducted either by phone or video conference.

Salary range of $65,000 to $75,000, depending on experience. TLDEF offers a robust benefits package that includes 100% employer paid medical, vision, dental, and life insurance; employer contributions to 401(k) retirement plan; 15 paid holidays; generous paid time off; sick time; healthcare flex spending account; and pre-tax commuter benefits.

To Apply
Submit a compelling cover letter; resume or C.V.; and one relevant writing sample of no more than 10 pages to: Submissions without all required materials will not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with an anticipated start date for this position in either late September or October. No phone calls or emails, please.

TLDEF is an equal opportunity employer. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, queer, and intersex people; women; immigrants; people with disabilities, including those living with HIV; formerly incarcerated people; and people with lived experiences of poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

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