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Drug Policy Alliance

Foundation Giving Manager

Development – New York, New York
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation $65,000.00

Title:                    Foundation Giving Manager                                          
Type:                   Full-Time

Supervisor:        Director of Development
Department:     Development

Location:            New York, NY
Deadline:           Applications will be reviewed immediately and accepted until the position is filled.        


About DPA

The Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization in the U.S. promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. We envision a just society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights; in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes against others; and in which the fears, prejudices, and punitive prohibitions of today are no more. Our mission is to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug misuse and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.

The Foundation Giving Manager will join our passionate, diverse, and creative team at a critical time for the drug policy reform movement in the United States. U.S. leaders are now doubling down on the war on drugs, using it as a tool to stoke fear in society and rally their base, and as an excuse to lock up or deport people of color and immigrants. Tens of thousands of people are dying from opioid overdoses, with little meaningful response by the federal government. At the same time, we are seeing state and local governments taking action, increasingly legalizing marijuana, passing Good Samaritan laws, and even exploring safe consumption sites. Public opinion, too, is increasingly in our favor, with ever larger numbers of people supporting alternatives to current policies of prohibition and criminalization. In this context, DPA’s expertise on drug policy, rigorous analysis, and strong, principled voice stand to make an enormous difference in shaping public opinion and policy, and ultimately making a concrete difference to the lives of millions in the U.S. and beyond.

Over the last 15 years, DPA has expanded from its New York headquarters to a total of eight offices, 80 plus staff, an annual operating budget of approximately $17 million, 25,000 dues-paying members and more than 300,000 online subscribers.  It has a solid track record of success at the local, state, and federal levels and consistent visibility in prominent media and policy circles. For more information, please visit our website at www.drugpolicy.org.


The Position

In collaboration with the Director of Development, the Foundation Giving Manager will provide strategic leadership to grow DPA’s foundation giving program and will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of private grants.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage writing and submission of grant proposals, budgets, reports, and other high-level development communications, and secure and incorporate feedback from Development leadership
  • Gather data, secure input from programs staff and DPA leadership, and conduct prospect research as background for grant proposals
  • Conduct independent research to identify new potential foundation prospects and suggest points of alignment with DPA’s programmatic objectives
  • Meet regularly with senior leadership to recommend potential new prospects and strategies for engagement
  • Develop in-depth prospect research profiles for institutional funders
  • Brief senior staff and the Executive Director in advance of meetings
  • Organize meetings and site visits for existing and potential funders
  • Maintain deadlines, contact information, and other data relevant to grants management in Salesforce
  • Qualify foundations prospects into the appropriate portfolios; disqualify and archive stale prospects
  • Track all staff interactions with institutional funders; record and enter notes about those communications in Salesforce
  • Write and edit other fundraising copy as needed



Our ideal candidate is a creative self-starter with impeccable communications skills and knowledge of relevant social justice work, such as drug policy, criminal justice, harm reduction, human rights, or civil rights, with a strong understanding of and attention to racial justice. They must be highly organized and able to write with precision for diverse audiences and to synthesize and prioritize information.

The ideal candidate would have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years’ relevant grant writing/foundation relations experience
  • Demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding foundation grants
  • A strong passion for DPA’s mission to end the war on drug
  • Confidence and ability to manage up
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to write and deliver work product under deadlines, and commitment to high quality standards


Terms of Employment

Preference is given to NYC candidates; however, this position could be located in Oakland, CA. Some travel required.



The base salary for the job grade of this position is $65,000. Any offer of employment will take into account the particular candidate’s skills and experience. DPA offers a competitive benefits package including health, dental, long-term disability, and life insurance; a generous 403(b) plan; and 25 days paid time off.



Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Application Process        

Please submit your application with resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample at: https://drugpolicy.bamboohr.com/jobs

No phone calls, please. We will only contact candidates who are under consideration.

The Drug Policy Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. DPA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ethnicity, personal appearance, political affiliation, family responsibility, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction. We are particularly interested in hiring people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.

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