Oct 10, 2019

The Opportunity

AU is seeking a Foundations Relations Officer with a proven record of developing winning proposals and compelling reports to implement and grow our foundation fundraising.  AU has a new five-year strategic plan that requires aggressive growth to support movement building and active legislative and litigation work.  The Foundation Relations Officer will play a critical role in bringing new visibility and financial support to AU in line with the strategic plan.  The successful candidate will be responsible for growing the foundation program and managing an active portfolio.



  • Identify, develop, and manage strategic relationships with private and corporate foundations, including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors.
  • Actively develop and implement a plan for growth, including identification and engagement of new foundation prospects/leads.
  • Write compelling 5, 6 and 7+ figure proposals reflecting priority programs and initiatives.
  • Manage the reporting and stewardship calendar for the foundations portfolio, including timely and accurate submissions, on-site visits, reporting, and management of proposals.
  • Coordinate closely with colleagues across AU in the development of proposals and relationship stewardship, incorporating AU leadership in foundation meetings/calls as necessary.
  • Provide strategy support to the Chief Development Officer, key volunteers, and others for foundation cultivation and solicitation. 


  • Utilize best practices for tracking, acknowledgement, and reporting to AU’s foundation partners.
  • Work with program and finance departments to develop proposals and reports that accurately reflect AU’s principles and programmatic priorities.
  • Track and report progress using specific metrics.

Professional Development

  • Participate in appropriate professional development activities to keep current with issues and trends in the fundraising field.
  • Perform other duties and special projects, as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree. 
  • 3 - 5 years of corporate partnership, institutional fundraising, grant management, grants writing and/or external relations experience.   
  • Established track record of successful grant proposals from a national pool.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Work within an advocacy organization, while not required, would be useful.
  • Strong oral communication, written communication, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organizational and people skills.
  • The ability to maintain accountability and to work independently and creatively, while functioning as part of a cooperative and coordinated team.

Personal Characteristics

  • Advocate for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU's mission.
  • Tact and diplomacy in building strong working relationships with colleagues.
  • Capacity to manage multiple tasks and negotiate several priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, and to maintain a travel schedule necessary to visit donors and prospective donors.

About Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all of us. Founded in 1947, Americans United is a diverse and dynamic organization composed of people from all walks of life: lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders and impassioned Americans. AU includes people of faith and people who don’t profess any particular faith. It is a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, classes and abilities.

Americans United uses high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:

  • Religion does not dictate public policy.
  • The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith.
  • Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religious beliefs.

Through a strong, diverse national supporter network, both on the ground and online, AU defends the separation of church and state and protects religious freedom for all in communities across the country. Americans United is a 501(c)(3) organization and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Americans United is an equal-opportunity employer and places strong emphasis on a diverse environment in which individuals are valued regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic.

Competitive Salary and Generous Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Americans United offers a comprehensive benefit package including health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) with match and commuter subsidy.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to hr@au.org No calls please.