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Manager, Federal Partnerships

The Council on Foundations is seeking a Manager, Federal Partnerships to work to enhance the role of foundations and grantmaking organizations in Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, serves as an educator for both government and philanthropic leaders, and maintains the Council’s network of federal government contacts.

Council on Foundations
This job is primarily remote, with 10% travel required.

Organization Overview

The Council on Foundations is a nonprofit membership association that serves as a guide for philanthropies as they advance the greater good. Building on our almost 75-year history, the Council supports over 800 member organizations in the United States and around the world to build trust in philanthropy, expand pathways to giving, engage broader perspectives, and co-create solutions that will lead to a better future for all.

Position Specifics

  • Represent the Council with federal agencies and departments with a focus on federal staff designated as liaisons to philanthropy and foundations.
  • Cultivate relationships with key federal staff and Council members to increase engagement and coordination between the federal executive branch and the philanthropic sector. 
  • Monitor and track federal agencies’ initiatives and work with the philanthropic sector and communities it supports.
  • Manage the Council’s federal liaisons network, HUD Public-Private Partnership awards program in collaboration with staff at HUD, partnerships with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other similar initiatives.
  • Educate foundation personnel on opportunities and implications for working in partnership with the federal government and/or federal funds. 
  • Educate federal personnel about philanthropy and opportunities for alignment and manage expectations about philanthropic partnerships.
  • Manage programming and research needs related to our federal partnerships goals and objectives.
  • Contribute to overarching organization goals by participating in cross-functional working groups, as well as supporting the Council’s Policy Strategy.


  • 5 years’ experience with a federal agency and an Associate’s degree. 
  • OR 5 years’ direct experience supporting a federal partnership in a philanthropy-serving organization, foundation or nonprofit and an Associate’s degree.
  • Exceptional understanding of how the federal government and its agencies are structured and work. 

Salary & Benefits

$88,700-$99,100. Salary range is based on Washington, D.C./DMV area. Compensation will be adjusted for other geographic locations.

Other Information

Position Specific Competencies

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the federal agency, regulatory, grantmaking and administrative processes. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of crisis response typical for federal agencies (i.e., FEMA). 
  • Strong knowledge of or ability to learn the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. 

General Competencies (Required of All Staff)

  • Ability to actively engage in, demonstrate commitment to the Council’s Operating Principles and Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion values. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to listen well, and positively represent the organization and its mission. 
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy. 
  • Ability to identify and solve problems efficiently and quickly. 
  • Strong project management and analytical skills, maintain productivity, and successfully meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to work effectively and positively both independently and on a team with a range of individuals and working styles, and with people at all organization levels including staff, board members, foundation officers, donors, and vendors. 
  • Experience or ability to use CRM database solutions, preferably Salesforce. 
  • Proficient skill in Microsoft Office 365 applications. 

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