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Foundation & Government Relations Manager 

Employment Type: Full-time
Hours: Varied – 37.5 hours per week
Status: Exempt/Salary
Compensation: Based on Experience

Check out our incredible benefits package at the end of the description, valued on average at $23,000/year!

Job Summary

The Foundation & Government Relations Manager will oversee efforts to secure foundation and government funding at BGCWPA. Working in close partnership with both internal and external stakeholders, the Manager will develop and execute a comprehensive plan to identify, cultivate and solicit grant funding and assist in stewarding ongoing relationships. Grants include local, regional and national foundations, public and private funding sources from all levels of government, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America-related funding opportunities. The Manager is responsible for generating grant revenue, building positive relationships for BGCWPA with foundation and government representatives and ensuring that the organization carries out the commitments associated with each grant as well as provides the required reporting. The Foundation & Government Relations Manager reports to the Vice President for Advancement & Philanthropy and works in close partnership with the Director of DEI and Advocacy who leads government relations efforts on behalf of BGCWPA.


Research and cultivation

  • Achieve organizational goals for generating support from foundation and government funding sources. Goals should include both revenue generated as well as measures of activity related to effective relationship building.
  • Assist the VP of Advancement in developing the strategy and tactics to cultivate, solicit and steward grants from local, regional and national foundations and local, state and federal sources of public funds as part of the execution of an organization-wide plan to secure funding. Work closely with the Director of DEI and Advocacy to build and strengthen relationships with elected officials for the purpose of securing government funding as well as advocacy.
  • In collaboration with leadership, identify specific strategic program priorities for funding on both a yearly and ongoing basis.
  • Build a robust pipeline of foundation and government support by developing strategies for grant opportunities based on similarities between the mission of prospective funders and BGCWPA’s identified strategic plans and priorities.
  • Coordinate grant funder prospect research to proactively identify untapped funding sources, including new and ongoing sources, particularly those whose guidelines are a match for BGCWPA initiatives.
  • Appropriately leverage the contacts and involvement of the Executive Leadership Team and other staff to engage with foundation and government representatives. Help manage foundation and government relationships by providing support through the preparation of supporting documents, drafting correspondence and documenting contact. Foster personal connections with staff, board, and other key foundation and government contacts.
  • Use contact management systems and processes to oversee stewardship of foundation and government relationships and to track pertinent application and grant information, research and reporting.

Proposal development and submission

  • Develop and maintain an intimate knowledge and understanding of all the current and planned programs and services BGCWPA provides in our region.
  • Coordinate and manage the internal application process for all foundation and government funding opportunities, including developing the planning, writing, document gathering, internal and external communications, and final submission of applications, proposals, etc.
  • Craft compelling narratives for support of BGCWPA and its programs, collaborating closely with program and Advancement staff to develop program proposals and reports.
  • Serve as the primary conduit for applications, letters of inquiry, proposals, and all other communications. Ensure that submissions are thorough and compelling. Ensure that the relevant attachments are included, packaged in a quality manner, and that the mailing and/or electronic submission of proposals meets deadlines and are documented.
  • Work with the Executive Leadership Team, financial staff and relevant program staff to develop accurate budget information for funding applications.
  • Serve as the primary contact, liaison and conduit of information with funders in relation to proposals/applications and all other communications.

Grants management

  • Once a grant award is finalized, oversee the monitoring of progress and work with staff and leadership to ensure that each grant funded project or program has been initiated and meets conditions and expectations.
  • Maintain a detailed tracking system and report related to the status of grants, including prospective grants, awarded grants, and grants declined or tabled.
  • Oversee the preparation, production, and submission of all required reports.
  • Maintain comprehensive historical records of all documentation related to each grant.


  • Fundraising professional with demonstrated experience in successfully applying for and administering grants from foundation and government funders, preferably including grants from Southwestern Pennsylvania government and foundation sources.
  • Proven track record in fostering professional relationships with foundation program officers and government representatives, managing a portfolio of foundation and government funders and personally implementing cultivation strategies.
  • Experience managing the proposal development process, with a preference for candidates who have successfully coordinated various departments in preparation and submission of grant applications/proposals.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing budgets for proposals.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, Masters degree(s) in related area preferred
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced quickly changing environment
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving with appropriate decision-making skills
  • Professional level verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with young people in a positive manner
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Strong time management, organization, and project prioritization skills are a must
  • Experience with Google Suite
  • The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs function require the following physical demands: lifting & carrying up to 50 pounds, pushing, any/or pulling, climbing to include steps, balancing, stooping, standing, sitting, kneeling, crawling, crouching, and signification fine fingered dexterity. Ability to tolerate environmental conditions: air conditioning, heat, dust fumes, noise, close quarters, etc.
  • Perform all additional duties and tasks assigned by leadership/supervisors.

Certifications and Clearances

CPR, Pediatric First Aid, Child Abuse, Criminal History, FBI clearance, NSOR certificate, PA Disclosure and Mandated Reporter certification required upon hire or newer then 6 months.
PA Staff Health Assessment and TB Test must be submitted upon hire and before start date.


We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. Our organization prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

About us

BGCWPA is a mission-based organization that hires employees that are recognized as leaders in their field with a passion for improving young lives. We have strong values, embrace diversity and offer great benefits which allows our employees to maintain work/life balance. We serve more than 12,000 young people annually through programs, services, and outreach. An affiliate of a national organization-Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We are one of the largest comprehensive out of school time providers in Allegheny & Somerset County

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