Manager, Strategic Alliances

Job Type

Full Time




1319 F Street, NW
Suite 1000
United States


About First Book: First Book is an award winning, nonprofit that provides new books and educational materials to children in need throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to schools and programs serving children from low-income families – from birth through age 18. A recognized leader in social enterprise, First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide educators serving children in need with permanent access to high-quality books and educational resources for free and at deeply reduced prices. By harnessing the power of the private sector to advance social change, First Book is helping transform the quality of education for children in need.  First Book has been highlighted by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Fast Company and Forbes magazines, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. First Book is also the subject of case studies at Columbia Business School, the Yale School of Management, and the London School of Economics.


About the Position: The Manager of Strategic Alliances will help manage, source and design philanthropic foundation programs, corporate partnerships and cause-based marketing campaigns for First Book. The organization is a leader in both philanthropic and public-private sector partnerships, focused on elevating education by providing access to books and educational resources to schools and programs serving kids in need. Examples of corporate partners include Disney, KPMG, Pizza Hut, and Citi.   

The Manager will play a principal role in cultivating and strengthening institutional foundation and corporate relationships in a dynamic, fast-paced organization led by an internationally recognized social entrepreneur.  Responsibilities include partner research, outreach, strategy development, relationship building, project management, brand marketing and budgeting. The Manager should possess expertise in cause-based marketing, public-private sector partnerships that help partners reach their marketing goals while furthering the social good, and/or consulting with the private sector.  Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong interest in fundraising, a track record of account management, solid business writing and presentation skills, excellent verbal communication, experience with pitch formation and delivery, creative and bold thinking, exceptional critical thinking skills, and a passion for corporate social responsibility.

The Manager will work most closely with colleagues on the Strategic Alliances Team, as well as work collaboratively with teams across the organization to ensure that organizational needs are met through corporate partnerships. The Manager will report directly to the Director of Strategic Alliances.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of existing corporate partnerships, including planning and executing events in close collaboration with educators and nonprofit partners
  • Develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Create and implement corporate partnerships, cause marketing and CSR initiatives
  • Develop dynamic funding proposals and pitches to new and existing corporate partners
  • Liaise with cross-functional First Book teams
  • Lead and contribute to ideation sessions
  • Manage team members on assigned key accounts
  • Prospect and secure corporate and foundation funding
  • Other duties as assigned



  • A minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years of work experience in a partnership management capacity and a strong interest in corporate social responsibility
  • A track record of leadership, innovation and creativity in the private sector is highly desirable
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Be self-motivated
  • Possess strong organization and time management skills
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills and the ability to think both analytically and creatively
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills
  • Exhibit excellent attention to detail
  • Be passionate about making a tangible, measurable difference
  • Exhibit a strong command of Microsoft Office tools; prior use of Salesforce or equivalent CRM system preferred  
  • Be able to travel, as needed, up to 40% in peak partnership activation periods


Education and ExperienceBA/BS; MBA or equivalent preferred; past work experience in a leading marketing agency or consulting firm.




All full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
  • Vacation leave
  • Sick leave
  • Eleven Annual Holidays
  • 401 K and employer matching pension contribution
  • Transportation benefits

Level of Language Proficiency

Education and ExperienceBA/BS; MBA or equivalent preferred; past work experience in a leading marketing agency or consulting firm.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Candidates are invited to submit a resume, and a cover letter that details your interest in the position to No phone calls please.