Director, National Foundation Partnerships (Flexible; East Coast Preferred)

The Role

As the Director, National Foundation Partnerships you will enable change for students in low-income communities by playing a critical role in initiating, cultivating and stewarding relationships with foundations to maximize resources from our partners and ensure that Teach For America is reaching its organizational goals. This role is for you if you are deeply passionate about equity, have the ability to put yourself in the shoes of our donors and help them understand how we can both work together to achieve our theories of change, and are eager to creatively grow this ambitious portfolio using strong strategic thinking, communication and organizational skills. You will own a portfolio of relationships from end-to-end, while also collaborating with team members on some complex and high-stakes relationships as we work collectively to push our broader national development team’s mission forward. We will support you in achieving these goals through frequent team interactions and meetings, along with ample opportunities for feedback, collaboration and development. The Director of Foundation Partnerships will report to the Vice President, Foundation Partnerships.

The Team

The National Development team builds and strengthens Teach For America’s philanthropic partnerships. Our team inspires donors to invest in the future of our country by investing in TFA’s work with students nationally and regionally. We help educate staff in the knowledge and practices of fundraisers. Our team is responsible for ensuring that our fundraising infrastructure supports and sustains TFA’s ambitious short- and long-term mission.


Primary Responsibilities

Portfolio Management:

  • Support a growing portfolio of national funders from end-to-end, with a special focus on general operations donors and program-specific grants
  • Craft strategies for donor cultivation and advise peers and partners across the org on fundraising strategies
  • Develop content-knowledge and expertise on specific programmatic areas related to donor and prospect interests, such as – like teacher pre-service, rural school leaders, Capitol Hill Fellows, our marketing and communications efforts, recruitment, etc.
  • Develop short and long-term project plans to convene various national and regional stakeholders to execute multi-faceted partnerships and manage multi-year grant commitments using strong project management skills to laterally manage and manage up in a complex organization.
  • Produce high-quality deliverables aligning current and prospective funder interests to engage, cultivate, and steward foundation relationships alongside directors in support of team’s growing portfolio; includes proposals, concept papers, letters, mid-year and final reports for restricted program grants, thank you letters, and other touch points and customized materials such as spreadsheets, decks, and graphics.
  • Collaborate with TFA’s finance team and program teams to create, track, and report on restricted grant budgets and inform programmatic budget conversations
  • Support portfolio managers and senior leaders in preparing for meetings and responding to requests from national foundation donors and ensuring donor readiness regarding donor data within their portfolio (e.g. crafting talking points about historical results in a region or in a specific area of program, providing relationship context); providing follow-up support as necessary
  • Ensure best-in-class recordkeeping via TFA’s Salesforce database (e.g. gift processing and gift data for portfolio, contact information, etc.)
  • In some cases, serve as TFA’s contact in external settings, including grant management and donor cultivation

Cross-team responsibilities and special projects:

  • Within the Foundations and Development team, take personal responsibility for cultivating a strong team culture that reflects Teach For America’s core values and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Partner across the National Development team on special projects related to strategic priorities and operational improvements
  • Foster strong relationships with and serve as a trusted advisor to regions, especially those with shared donor portfolios, fostering collective impact mindsets that support the vision of One TFA


Prior Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5+ years of professional experience, grant-writing and/or event management experience, preferred
  • Record of achieving ambitious goals and creating effective systems to manage multiple projects

Work Demands

  • Occasional travel; 1-2 times per quarter
  • NYC strongly preferred; other east coast locations possible with additional travel


  • Exceptional written communication and ability to develop tailored materials crafted to address donor interest and perspectives
  • Ability to anticipate needs and develop solutions to achieve ambitious goals and create effective systems to manage multiple projects
  • Superior customer service orientation and follow-through
  • Keen detail orientation and organizational skills
  • Excellent project management skills, especially related to communications and events
  • Ability to organize, synthesize, and interpret data to construct compelling narratives
  • Strong relationship orientation and the ability to influence others to achieve results
  • Ability to be entrepreneurial and flexible in a fast-paced, diverse, results-oriented culture
  • Strong facility with Excel and PowerPoint and/or other graphics tools preferred
  • Familiarity with Salesforce a plus

Apply Now

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Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. Learn more at

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort. Learn more about our diversity on staff:

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

This job description reflects Teach For America’s assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

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