Manager of Institutional Relations

Job Type

Full Time






New York
New York
United States


About the Fund

The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world. Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of front-line groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

About the Role:

The Fund seeks a full-time Manager of Institutional Relations with a talent and passion for writing, strong organizational and project-management skills and a commitment to human rights to play a critical role in a busy fundraising department. They will manage a large portfolio of grants from foundations, governments, and corporations that support the Fund’s work, in general, and our programs in North, West and Central Africa, in particular.

The successful candidate will report to and work closely with the Director of Institutional Relations as part of a talented, five-person Institutional Relations team to help the Fund meet its growing organizational fundraising revenue goals from institutions across the US and Europe (currently about $11.5 million annually).

Reports to: (Interim) Vice President for Development and Communications;

Director of Institutional Relations 

Supervises: N/A

This position would ideally be based in Washington, DC, New York, or London.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities | Where You’ll Make the Most Impact

Fundraising & Development

  • Actively participate in planning annual and long-term objectives of Development and Communications Department
  • Manage a portfolio of current and prospective foundation, corporate, and bilateral donors, including those giving six-figure grants, with a focus on grants supporting the Fund’s programs in Africa
  • Develop and draft compelling grant proposals and reports for institutional funders and prospects, persuasively communicating the Fund’s mission and programs
  • Read grantee reports in French and English and synthesize information for proposals and reports
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with program staff to manage project budgets and activities, learn about programmatic developments, and drive forward programmatic growth goals by matching with funding opportunities
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with donors and prospects to keep them informed about programmatic developments and elicit support for the Fund’s growth
  • Represent the Fund in external outreach and networking spaces with the goal of building the Fund’s network of prospects
  • Devise cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for institutional donors
  • Innovate and implement new systems to improve database functionality and workflow
  • Track communications related to current, pending, and prospective grants in Salesforce database; ensure that all deadlines are met; monitor and ensure the Fund's compliance with grant requirements
  • Research foundation and individual donor prospects and help devise, track and manage solicitation plans
  • Assist in donor engagement strategies, event planning and related tasks as needed
  • Build and strengthen relationships with staff, board, and trustees to ensure robust engagement

Donor Advised Grants/Funds Management & Strategy

  • Oversee the Fund’s Donor-Advised Grants/Funds portfolio (currently representing one-third of the Fund’s $10 million grant-making budget), including donor stewardship, cultivation, and reporting
  • Work with Director of Grants Management and Fund legal counsel to develop systems for grant monitoring and ensure full legal compliance
  • With the VP for Development & Communications and the VP for Operations, lead the Fund’s outreach strategy to grow the portfolio and maximize this as a revenue stream

Qualifications | What You’ll Need to Be Successful

  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and familiarity with human rights issues; familiarity with and/or experience working in Africa a plus
  • 4-6 years of development and fundraising experience
  • Familiarity with the Fund’s programs and/or experience with grant writing norms and procedures
  • Established excellence persuasive and compelling writing
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Highly organized, enjoys creating systems, and able to manage projects
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; comfort with Salesforce highly desired   
  • Sense of initiative and humor

Core Competencies:

  • Craft, construct, and submit compelling grant applications
  • Develop strategies for effective, efficient project design
  • Research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
  • Adhere to ethical grant writing and development practices
  • Manage existing relationships while formulating strategies to cultivate new ones


As an employer, we are deeply committed to the overall well-being of our staff. We offer 100% employer paid health benefits, generous paid leave, and flexible working options designed to meet the diverse needs of our globally based team members.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in English and proficiency in French highly desirable; fluency in Arabic, Spanish, Thai, or Burmese a plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


The Fund for Global Human Rights encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply; we especially encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. As a human rights organization, cultural competency and sensitivity are requirements for all staff positions at the Fund.

We do our best to ensure that qualifications are aligned with position needs but if you are unsure about whether to apply, please do so anyway! Please contact if you need accommodations or special assistance to complete the application.

The Fund for Global Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel selection decisions are based on relevant knowledge, skills, and experience without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.S. federal and state law.