Foundation and Policy Grants Manager Posted Nov 03
Competitive Enterprise Institute , Washington, DC
External Affairs Department
Job Description – Foundation and Policy Grants Manager
Revised October 2017
CEI seeks a Foundation and Policy Grants Manager to coordinate Foundation and Policy Grants for an
experienced development team. This position also carries critically important administrative/support
functions. It is most suitable for an individual with 1-5 years of experience in fundraising and may also
be suitable for an individual with a policy background since writing is a key component of this
• Assisting back-office administrative processes for the department (Approx. 25%) - Training
will be provided for these financial processes which include: donor receipts. data entry in
Salesforce, financial reporting, financial reconciliation, and maintenance of state registration.
• Project management of intimate regional fundraising events (Approx. 15%) - This will
include: coordinating with venues and catering, managing mailing and coordinating email sends,
tracking RSVPs, and phone calls to donors prior to events.
• Managing a forward-looking foundation and grant proposal process (Approx. 60%) - This
will include: primary responsibility for writing proposals, proposal/grant calendar management,
determining when and where to send letters of inquiry (LOIs) for new grants, and on-time
delivery of foundation and grant proposals.
If you believe that this position may be a good fit, these words will describe you:
 Writer. You have excellent writing and editing abilities. Any type of strong writing skills will
be considered, but policy and/or journalism experience provides added benefit. You are
relentless about accuracy with regard to both formatting and content.
 Team Player. CEI’s philanthropy team is a close-knit, five-person team that works hard (and
sometimes works long hours) to serve the organization and its many donors.
 Discreet. You have a lifelong commitment to discretion. You are comfortable handing highly
confidential materials.
 Teachable. You are eager to learn new things and never put off by mundane tasks. You are
also happy to work within established boundaries.
 Self-starter. You are willing and able to jump into project management. You know when to
ask for help but once trained, you don’t need hand-holding. You’re comfortable receiving
increasing autonomy to manage your own work and important processes.
 Multi-Tasker. You thrive in an environment that demands multi-tasking.
 Focused. You are able to laser-focus on specific tasks at hand for specific periods of time.
While skilled at multi-tasking, you know how to avoid being distracted. You drive yourself to
get the job done.
 Curious and Policy-Minded. You like public policy and are curious enough to enjoy the
challenge of taking complex policy ideas and distilling them in ways that are both factually
accurate and interesting to potential grant-makers.
 Planner. You enjoy planning and executing complex processes.
 Deadline Driven. You are personally punctual. You are deadline-driven. Making the trains run
on time and meeting deadlines are simply part of your DNA.
 Flexible. You easily maintain a positive, flexible attitude if priorities shift.
 Aligned. Politically a libertarian or conservative and can discuss your philosophical alignment
with CEIs mission and vision, particularly related to energy, regulatory policy, and free market
economics. Please see the CEI website,, for a deeper understanding of the
organization’s policy agenda.
About CEI
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing
the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Our mission is to promote
both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. We make the uncompromising case
for economic freedom because we believe it is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and
prosperity to flourish. Unique among free market groups, CEI pursues a full-service approach to
advancing public policy. Founded in 1984, CEI has grown into an effective advocate for freedom on a
wide range of critical policy issues, including energy, environment, business and finance, technology,
telecommunications, and food and drug regulation.
Of Note:
Culture matters. CEI is a feisty think tank led by a forward-thinking President/CEO. Members of the
philanthropy team report to the Vice President of Philanthropy. They work hard, have a good sense of
humor, enjoy life, and are intensely dedicated to an upward trajectory of growth for the organization.
The CEI office is located in downtown Washington, D.C., which has well established mass transit
that makes it easy to find affordable housing and still work in the District of Columbia.
Telecommuting is not offered, nor are relocation expenses.
Expected travel is once per year outside of metro Washington, D.C.
There is opportunity for growth in this position, with respect to greater autonomy in managing the
foundation portfolio, and also the potential for carrying a future mid-level donor portfolio.
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your name in the file:
• Résumé
• A cover letter detailing your experience, your interest in/passion for CEI’s mission, and your
salary requirements
• 2 writing samples (max 3 pages each)
• 3+ references (professional & personal)
Please include “Foundation and Policy Grants Manager, CEI– Your Name” in the subject line of your
email. Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Dixon with Talent Market, who is
assisting with the search: