Manager, Foundation Relations and Annual Fund

Job title: Manager, Foundation Relations and Annual Fund
Organization: Episcopal Retirement Services
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description

At ERS, you can enjoy what you do and be proud of your work every day. Join an organization voted a top place to work in Cincinnati for the past eight years!

Since 1951, Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) has worked to improve the lives of thousands of older adults in a person-centered, innovative and spiritually based way through three Continuing Care Retirement Communities, 27 Affordable Living communities for low income seniors, and in-home services including Meals on Wheels and Parish Health Ministry.

The Manager, Foundation Relations and Annual Fund is responsible for securing critical operating funds and capital/new program funding to grow ERS’ development program. The individual will be responsible for overseeing the growth of both the grant seeking efforts, and all annual fund appeals and campaigns. The position reports to the Executive Director of Philanthropy and will work closely with a team of fund development professionals and community volunteers.


  • Leads all aspects of the ERS grant seeking effort.
  • Creates and maintains a detailed annual grant-seeking calendar, documenting all deadlines for Letters of Inquiry, proposals, progress reports, and cultivation/stewardship touches.
  • Collaborates with program staff and leadership to identify fundable opportunities that support current and future capital needs, programs and initiatives, as well as general operations, which are also suited to the interests of potential funders.
  • Builds and strengthens foundation relations and constantly grows the circle of prospective grant sources through research, networking and by working closely with leadership staff, volunteers and friends of ERS.
  • Crafts compelling narratives and compiles financial reports and statistical information pertinent for each proposal and report.
  • Develops and directs a comprehensive annual fund campaign for the immediate purpose of engaging new and low to mid- level donors in support of annual funding needs while working closely with senior development staff to ultimately develop a pipeline for prospects to be elevated to the A-List Major Planned Giving Prospect portfolio.
  • In collaboration with Fund Development and Marketing team members, develops strategic communications and appeals to educate donors and prospects on the need for, and impact of, the various communities, programs, ministries and services provided by ERS to inspire engagement and increase philanthropic support.
  • Works closely with the Fund Development Specialist to monitor and analyze donor activity, track donor retention rates, segment donor constituents to focus messaging, and prepare reports to increase overall annual giving to ERS.
  • In collaboration with the Fund Development Specialist, maintains best practices in processing and acknowledging donor gifts in a timely fashion.
  • Involves volunteers and leadership in personal contact with donors through solicitation and stewardship touches.
  • Maintains accurate database records and files in Raiser’s Edge.


  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, communications, public relations or related field required.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience required, five or more preferred, in non-profit development.
  • Must be driven by both developing meaningful relationships on behalf of the organization and by achieving financial goals.
  • Must demonstrate a proven record of meeting goals for securing foundation funding and managing annual fund campaigns.
  • Possesses exceptional written communication skills including the ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Must have demonstrated research ability and strong analytical and presentation skills.
  • Experience using Raiser’s Edge fundraising software preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.

Interested candidates should apply on-line by CLICKING HERE.