ABOUT WFN: We believe that when philanthropy
invests in women’s foundations and gender justice funders, we
empower a deeply intersectional movement that fights for policies
and standards across lines of race, class, and gender. WFN is the
largest philanthropic alliance in the world dedicated to advancing
the essential role of these funders in the unwavering fight for
gender equality and justice. Our mission as a global alliance is to
provide strategies, research, and resources that support the
critical agency and influence of women’s foundations and gender
justice funders in the movement for equality, justice, and power
for all. Our guiding values include relationships, solidarity,
integrity, impact, abundance, gratitude, and courage.
The Senior Manager, Strategic Philanthropy is responsible for 1)
leading strategy, development and execution of annual and long-term
development plans to secure funds for general operating support,
pooled funds, and campaigns. Development plan includes planned
giving, private donors, corporations, foundations, donor advised
funds, and other sources. 2) managing foundation grant portfolio to
ensure WFN is meeting deliverables and impact; 3) overseeing the
growth and expansion of leadership-level donors and working with
donors to achieve their philanthropic objectives, 3) launching WFN
annual giving campaign; the role will entail providing leadership
in campaign strategy development and execution, and 4) engaging
volunteers in fundraising priorities.
The incumbent should demonstrate initiative and a
solution-focused attitude while positively contributing to our team
environment, have strong knowledge of principles, ethics, and
practices of effective fundraising, and current tax law and planned
giving vehicles, and be able to develop and implement marketing
plans and processes for planned giving and major gifts programs.
This role is a key member of the WFN leadership team, including
strategic input on organizational efforts, management of
programming budgets, and contributions to learning and
VALUE THIS ROLE DELIVERS
- Provides leadership to identify, cultivate, and steward a broad
range of donors and funder partners to deliver meaningful
opportunities for collaborative investment in WFN’s core work.
- Works collaboratively with members to offer deep support for
their fundraising and development efforts towards a shared
Generation Equality commitment to raise $300 million in support of
gender and racial equity within our network by 2025.
- While being responsive to the diverse goals and needs of the
funders and partners that comprise various collaborative efforts,
this role will also shape collaborative work among philanthropic
partners for positive social impact.
- Supporting the organization in meeting its mission to deliver
high quality member experience and to nourish the ecosystem of
gender-lens philanthropy by executing strategies to amplify the
impact and value of our member organizations.
- Cultivate programmatic partnerships that bring new funding,
resources and opportunities back to WFN members; manage
programmatic work with current key partners such as CHANGE
- Successfully develop and monitor department budget; develop
annual goals and budgets, as appropriate, instilling strong
financial management discipline.
- Communicating fundraising goals, strategy, and progress to the
President & CEO and Board of Directors when required and work
across departments for greater cross learning and development.
SKILLS NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL
- Project management. Highly organized, with the interpersonal
and tangible skills to motivate others to achieve shared goals on
time and on budget.
- Passion and experience. Lived experience as a person of the
global majority and institutionally marginalized gender, or other
identity that connects you to a personal urgency for material
solutions and innovations that respect the dignity and liberation
of all people. A deep understanding for the need to move systems
and structures towards gender and racial equity and justice. The
ability to translate this expertise into philanthropic strategy and
- Execution and implementation. Working closely with senior staff
to create and execute ideas. This person should be inclined to
boldly take on issues and challenges; to comfortably work
collaboratively with a remote team; and to communicate messages
without hesitation. They should be self-aware; responsive to
feedback; and, flexible, adaptable and thrive in a dynamic
environment. The role will have to be actively engaged (in person
whenever safely possible) with partners and stakeholders to develop
trusted relationships that results in intel and influence that
helps drives successful strategy. They should have the ability to
work on various projects simultaneously, requiring strong
organizational and time management skills.
- Decision Quality: makes good decisions; most of their solutions
and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged
over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions
- Stakeholder Focus: is dedicated to meeting the expectations and
requirements of internal and external stakeholders; acts with them
in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships and
gains their trust and respect
- Presentation Skills: is effective in a variety of formal
presentation settings: one-on-one, small/large groups, with peers,
leaders, etc.; commands attention and can manage group process
during the presentation.
- Innovation/Creativity: generates and applies new and original
ideas, creative approaches, methods and solutions to daily
- To be successful, candidate will need a high degree of
expertise and comfort with new technology including Microsoft
Office 365 suite of apps, print/web publishing, DocUSign, Zoom,
Salesforce, Adobe, Asana, Mural, and conferencing software.
- Seven or more years of experience in a senior fundraising role
with proven track record of securing major and planned gifts and
achieving budgeted revenue goals. Successful experience making asks
for six and seven-figure gifts; successful experience writing grant
- Experience in social justice nonprofit field, gender and racial
equity experience a plus.
- Excellent leadership and management abilities
- Experience working with national teams and state
- Guided by a personal integrity that reflects WFN’s core
intersectional feminist values and commitment to our
- Record of maintaining the highest personal levels of ethical
conduct, confidentiality, and integrity
- Professional, diplomatic demeanor with the ability to represent
a global organization and interact and collaborate with colleagues
from a range of nationalities and backgrounds, including experience
and comfort working with transgender and gender non-conforming
people and people with disabilities.
- Impeccable verbal and written communication skills – grammar
nerds with the ability to write eloquently and professionally;
meticulous attention to detail, driven by excellence, and the
spirit of service leadership.
Location: Remote/telecommute. New York City or
San Francisco area preferred. U.S.-based candidate only. WFN is
headquartered in San Francisco; travel may be required
post-pandemic restrictions. To support fully remote staff and
sustainable work schedules, candidate must be available to
collaborate online between 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET Monday – Friday and
can adjust work week to include evening hours for special events or
Compensation: $85,000 – $105,000. 100% paid
employee health/dental/vision/long-term disability/FSA, 401k match,
generous paid time off and flexible work schedule.
How to apply: Submit a cover letter, text-only
resume, and the contact information for three professional
references in .docx format, to firstname.lastname@example.org
with Senior Manager, Strategic Philanthropy in the
subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until
position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications, only
those selected for further discussion will be contacted. Please, no
Women's Funding Network is 501(c)(3) organization and an equal
employment opportunity employer. We are committed to creating and
evolving a work environment that attracts the full spectrum of
races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations,
gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies,
cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, levels of physical ability,
parents and caregivers.