Foundation Relations Manager



Encounter is an educational organization committed to informed, courageous, and resilient Jewish communal leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We educate and equip Jewish communal and civil society leaders with the experiences, networks, and resources they need to proactively and positively shape their constituents’ engagement with Israel as it relates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Position Summary:

Reporting directly to the COO, and working in close collaboration with the Executive Director, the Foundation Relations Manager is responsible for the oversight and management of all aspects of Encounter’s Institutional Funders strategy. Working as an integral member of the development team, core responsibilities include maintaining and adapting the annual foundation relations calendar, drafting and coordinating all aspects of submission for reports and proposals, and building a pipeline of prospective supporters. The Foundation Relations Manager will play a pivotal role in Encounter’s development efforts, shaping strategy and messaging, and ensuring the expansion of our organizational footprint in Jewish American and Israeli communal landscapes on the issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Grants Writing and Grants Management

  • Build and maintain an annual internal calendar of grant proposals and report deadlines to reflect the execution of Encounter’s strategy to sustain and grow a rapidly scaling institutional funding portfolio.
  • Oversee and track the grant cycle, including research, proposal writing, reporting requirements, check-in meetings and special requests. 
  • Draft all grant proposal narratives, letters of inquiry, correspondence, reports and supporting documents, adapting to the needs of each foundation as needed. 
  • Manage all grant related deadlines in an organized and streamlined process. Prompt relevant team members to ensure all necessary materials are submitted on time.
  • Collect, review, edit, and approve all materials.
  • Ensure all grant proposals and reports are well-written, impact-driven, and tell a compelling story.
  • Communicate early and often with the Executive Director, and other staff, as appropriate, about upcoming submissions,  setting up preparatory meetings as needed. 
  • Join the Executive Director and COO in calls with Program Officers, taking notes and managing action items and next steps. 
  • Proactively manage ongoing stewardship efforts for current institutional donors.
  • Work closely with program and finance staff to ensure that proposed activities and  budgets are executed as stipulated in grant materials, and to regularly capture data to ensure accurate reflection in reports. 

Research, Prospecting and Administration

  • Identify, research, and cultivate new and lapsed foundation donors, building a robust pipeline of new potential sources of institutional support. Research and identify opportunities that align with Encounter’s mission, vision, and strategies.
  • Conduct initial outreach to determine feasibility and fit.
  • Create, maintain, and update foundation records in Salesforce database, including all communications, grant commitments, proposals, and deliverables. 
  • Manage acknowledgment processes, ensuring appropriate protocols are in place.
  • Contribution to other aspects of Encounter’s development work may occasionally be needed.


  • Deep alignment and commitment to the values, vision and mission of Encounter.
  • Sophisticated understanding of macro- and micro-dynamics animating Jewish American and Israeli communities around issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a grasp of issues related to Jewish peoplehood, and the relationship between American Jews and Israel, specifically as it relates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
  • 5+ years of relevant or transferable professional experience, ideally including proven success in grant proposal and report writing,
  • Outstanding written communications skills; ability to articulate and narrate the importance of the organization’s work to prospective and current funders succinctly, clearly, and in a compelling manner.
  • Exceptionally well-organized, with strong attention to detail and commitment to documentation and follow through.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, growing organization, including flexibility to  simultaneously perform a wide variety of tasks. 
  • Ambitious and highly motivated, able to self-direct and manage up and across various silos.
  • Basic understanding of and experience with Salesforce preferred.

Salary & Benefits:

$70,000 – $85,000, commensurate with experience. Very competitive benefits package, including 100% medical coverage plus 50% coverage for eligible dependents. Generous vacation package and holiday schedule. Flexible work environment.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter indicating why you think you are the right fit for this position to Due to high-volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidate interviews will take place in late-September, for a start date in early-November. Please, no phone calls.

Encounter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.