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Foundation Operations Manager

Pension Real Estate Association Foundation
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Administration, Prospect Research, Programs, Grant Administration, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Office Administration
Community Foundations, Education, For-Profit Companies, Other Fields, Youth
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
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Full Time
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Foundation Operations Manager



The Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) Foundation is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion in the real estate investment industry. In 2017 the Pension Real Estate Association established PREA Foundation as an independent nonprofit, prioritizing and recognizing the need for increased diversity within the field and an increased pool of talent representing the industry. Today PREA Foundation is governed by a Board of global industry leaders, developing programs designed to increase the racial, gender, and socioeconomic diversity of professionals pursuing long-term careers in real estate.


In an effort to create partnerships and programs that aim to increase diverse employment opportunities in the sector for talented people of color, the PREA Foundation funds partnerships with national nonprofit organizations to create innovative real estate career training programs for qualified Black, Hispanic, and Native American high school and college students. The PREA Foundation is in the early stages of building out a full set of programs in service of its mission to build a diverse and inclusive industry. The Foundation strives to build a cohesive collection of programs supporting historically underrepresented individuals to advance into positions of leadership.


To learn more about the PREA Foundation, please visit



The PREA Foundation seeks a creative problem solver and systems-oriented thinker to join its team as the Foundation Operations Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Foundation Operations Manager will facilitate the team’s ability to do their jobs well by managing essential daily functions, always with the big picture in mind. This role will also support the Executive Director in delivering on grant and donor-related needs, and maintaining relationships with a wide array of stakeholders.

In this role, you will be responsible for developing and managing infrastructure for processes and systems to ensure the smooth and seamless operations of the PREA Foundation for its Board of Directors, donors and grantees. Given the entrepreneurial nature of the organization, the Foundation Operations Manager must possess exceptional organization management skills, with the ability to work hands-on to develop and execute a variety of activities ranging from the highly creative, external and visible, to operational, behind the scenes, day-to-day activities. The PREA Foundation is seeking a self-starter, capable of working with minimal supervision but also highly collaborative and reliable, one who demonstrates resilience, and a willingness to take on tasks large and small to achieve our goals of creating greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the real estate industry. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Organizational Management

  • Manage all day-to-day systems and operations functions of the Foundation, build, implement and manage a suite of resources, identifying consultants and vendors to support operations (e.g. bookkeeping, audit and accounting, communications, marketing)
  • Implement database systems and processes to drive measurable performance and continuous improvement
  • Support E.D. in executing activities for presentation materials to the PREA Foundation Board, Committees and PREA Foundation publications
  • Develop policies and procedures that enhance PREA Foundation culture and values, ensuring these values have a focus on diversity and inclusion integrated into all aspects of the Foundation's work

 Program and Grants Management

  • Develop, manage, and maintain dashboards and tools to monitor and evaluate the impact of PREA Foundation programs, leveraging data to drive improvement in program quality
  • Design, implement and manage a grants and sponsorships system, ensuring a smooth CRM integration process and analysis of donor data
  • Oversee all grants and sponsorship application processes and steward ongoing relationships, managing the full life cycle of funding (application, reporting, relationship development)

Budget and Operation System

  • Work closely with PREA Foundation leadership team, Board, vendors, members, donors and other partners to ensure that the organization operates at a high standard of excellence and maintains compliance through approved PREA Foundation policy and procedures
  • Support the Executive Director in developing and monitoring budgets 
  • Develop, update, maintain, and distribute operational policies and procedures to the team as needed, including the operations manual 
  • Budgeting, planning and execution of all Board, grantee and donor meetings and events 
  • Manage invoicing and expenses associated with Foundation operations

Technology and Office Management

  • Maintain PREA Foundation’s website and other technologies
  • Manage relationships with technology infrastructure vendors and identify opportunities for improvement and recommend solutions
  • Manage donor prospecting and tracking database
  • Provide select administrative support to assist the Executive Director for activities and presentations as needed
  • Manage relationships with virtual office infrastructure vendors 




The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • An authentic passion and commitment to PREA Foundation’s vision to advance industrywide diversity and inclusion and a genuine interest in supporting the professional development of leaders within the space
  • Exceptional organization management skills, with the ability to work hands-on to develop and execute a variety of activities ranging from the highly creative, external and visible, to the operational back-office functions and day-to-day administrative tasks
  • A high level of interpersonal maturity and poise; exceptional professional judgment
  • Strong problem-solving and strategic thinking skills and a creative approach to systems and process improvement
  • Comfort managing multiple and changing priorities, and meeting deadlines in an entrepreneurial environment
  • A strong learning orientation and a roll-up-your-sleeves, can-do attitude
  • A strong customer service orientation; exceptional relationship management skills and a sense of humor
  • Strong cultural competence with an ability to communicate and influence across lines of difference
  • A self-starter, comfortable in building from scratch, demonstrates resilience, and a willingness to take on tasks large and small to achieve goals
  • Demonstrated success leading through a period of growth and ambiguity, successfully meeting or exceeding organizational targets, achieving ambitious goals and driving large-scale impact
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to manage strict timelines and deliverables with sharp attention to detail
  • Analytical skills, with the ability to surface meaning from data
  • Experience building and managing a budget, conducting basic bookkeeping and database functions
  • Comfort and an affinity for technology 
  • Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, Word, SharePoint, and Adobe Acrobat Pro)
  • Experience using Salsa Labs, BoardEffects, and Quickbooks, software preferred but not required
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Five or more years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas: program management; philanthropy/nonprofit, diversity and inclusion; real estate investment and/or financial services
  • Knowledge of the real estate investment space welcome, but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree or similar professional experience required; Master’s Degree preferred



Flexible, New York, DC area or Seattle preferred. Other U.S. cities considered. 

Primarily remote work position with 10-20% travel as needed.



Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.



Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to

In the cover letter please describe your most relevant experience for this role and why you are interested in working to further the mission of the PREA Foundation.



October 11th 2021.


PREA Foundation Inc. is committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds. PREA Foundation Inc. recognizes and appreciates the value of building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive work environment. PREA Foundation Inc. takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.


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