Manager, Corporate & Foundations Relations (Nashville)

The Role

The Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations (MCFR) will drive our local efforts to raise

$2 million annually from corporate and foundation contributions, partnering closely with the Managing Director, External Affairs and the Executive Director in this work. The MCFR is responsible for developing and executing the strategies, key tactics and operations necessary to build and maintain this base of corporate and foundation supporters. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about our mission and believes deeply in the importance of investing others in our work to achieve educational equity and excellence. We are also looking for someone who can craft a compelling story about our organization and is able to tailor it for different audiences. Our ideal candidate will possess a high level of personal responsibility for achieving results, broadly define what is within her control to solve, is a team player, an effective collaborator and possesses strong project management skills. The MCFR will report directly to the Managing Director, External Affairs.

The Team

At Teach For America–Nashville, we operate with the vision that every child in Nashville will have access to an empowering education enabling them to learn, love and lead. Great classrooms, schools, and districts require exceptional leadership, and in the past four years, our city and state have unleashed transformational initiatives. Teach For America – in partnership with other champions for Nashville’s students – is a part of this work. Over 150 Teach For America corps members teach in 70 schools across Metro Nashville, reaching nearly 13,000 students. Nearly 700 Teach For America alumni call the city home and have assumed notable positions in school leadership and education policy. They are working with our communities to create long-term, sustainable change. We believe that, 10 years from now, we’ll look back on this as the decade when the people of Nashville came together to change the life prospects for our children


Primary Responsibilities

Portfolio Management (40%)

  • Establish measures of success, craft strategies and determine key tactics in collaboration with the Managing Director, External Affairs (MDEA) and Executive Director (ED) to ensure the region meets its corporate and foundation giving goals
  • Innovate on strategies and systems to deepen partnerships with existing and new corporations, including planning and executing differentiated strategies of engagement with corporations that will lead to multiyear partnership and funding
  • Manage the TFA Nashville Corporate Collective, an emerging group of philanthropically-minded corporations that seek to play a strong role in fighting for educational equity in Nashville
  • Assess corporate and foundation philanthropy in the local landscape to inform goals and strategies
  • Analyze the interests of donors and prospects to develop compelling pitches, campaigns, engagement strategies and stewardship activities
  • Conduct research on donors and prospects to identify their capacity and interest in giving
  • Plan and execute excellent donor interactions and communications (meetings, events, marketing materials, etc.)
  • Prioritize key actions for the ED and MDEA to take in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors through external meetings, events and correspondence, etc.
  • Develop and maintain strong operations (e.g. donor-tracking systems, data management, etc.), using our constituent database system where appropriate.

Grant Writing (35%)

  • Write compelling grant narratives and pitches including proposals, reports and correspondence that are tailored to donor interests
  • Compile and manage grants calendar to ensure all grants are completed and submitted on time
  • Create and maintain up-to-date supplemental materials (e.g. financial documents, organizational charts, etc.)
  • Develop a process in partnership with regional staff to stay apprised of programmatic activities and results and to gather statistics and stories to share in donor communications

External Affairs Team Support (10%)

  • Support and partner where needed in developing and executing broader external strategies. Examples might include event support, stewarding partner relationships, etc.

Regional and Organizational Stewardship (15%)

Support team-wide priorities for Greater Nashville and organizational-wide initiatives. Examples include:

  • Participating in staff committees and task forces
  • Corps member recruitment, admissions, and matriculation
  • Team meetings and professional development
  • Regional events and programming (such as teacher orientation and end-of-year celebration)


Prior Experience

  • 3+ years of work experience preferred
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience preferred

Work Demands

  • Willing and able to work some early mornings, evenings or weekends when that furthers team or regional goals
  • Willing and able to travel 2-3 times per year for professional development purposes


  • Exceptional written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to tailor approach and messaging towards the perspective of others
  • Critical thinker who displays sound judgment in prioritizing problems to solve and opportunities to pursue
  • Skilled in using logic and data to perform analysis and can translate into actionable solutions
  • Ability to influence others toward outcomes through sophisticated relationship management
  • Highly organized, deadline-driven and with exceptional detail orientation
  • Proven ability to constantly learn, grow and improve from past experiences


  • Bachelor’s Degree Required

Apply Now

To be considered for this role, you must submit an online application. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit

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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