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Development Manager, Foundations

The Independent Institute is currently seeking an energetic and detail-oriented administrator and enthusiastic communicator with a desire to advance our mission. This position reports to the Development Director, and is responsible for foundation fundraising, including grant writing, managing foundation relationships, and identifying new foundation funding for the Independent Institute.

Responsibilities include:

  • Grant writing & reporting: Write proposals, letters of inquiry and other appeals for funding key initiatives. Record grant reporting requirements, maintain reporting calendar, write and submit reports.
  • Identify and Develop projects for grant proposals: work collaboratively internally across Independent’s departments and Centers in gathering information and supporting materials for developing grant requests and reports to grantors
  • Research & Relationship Building: research new foundation and grant prospects to identify and match Independent projects with prospect interests; initiate and develop relationships for successful new funding partnerships
  • Relationship Management: Understand relationships and maintain appropriate contact with foundation leadership and program officers;


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferred coursework in Political Science or Economics
  • An understanding of the mission of the Independent Institute, our public policy goals, and the free-market/liberty movement
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, combined with exceptional initiative, savvy, and creativity
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills
  • The ability to manage many tasks simultaneously
  • A positive, solutions-oriented attitude
  • Grant writing experience strongly preferred, but not necessarily required

Independent Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits. Qualified candidates may submit a copy of their resume and cover letter to:

Stephanie N. Watson
Development Director
Independent Institute
100 Swan Way
Oakland, CA 94621-1428

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