Best Friends Animal Society
  • 119- Corporate/Foundation Relations
  • USA
  • Full Time

Position Summary:  The Development Officer, Foundation Partnerships will work with, and under the supervision of, the Foundation Partnerships Manager to help the Foundation Partnerships Team achieve a multi-million-dollar annual revenue goal. Primary responsibilities include executing all stages of grant seeking and grants management, including foundation prospect research and outreach; cultivation and qualification; proposal and budget development and submission; grant reporting; and stewardship. Must be able to persuasively write about Best Friends Animal Society's mission and programs to successfully secure five- and six-figure grants that support mission advancement. Must be able to manage multiple projects at once; learn quickly and adapt to new processes; apply creative and analytical thinking to relationship and proposal development; and effectively support the team's 80% grant win rate. 


  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 50+ high-quality foundation partners, focusing on annual grants, legacy partners, and new prospects in strategic markets around the country.  
  • Cultivate relationships with prospective foundations through a variety of methods, including email, phone calls, and in-person visits.
  • Research current and prospective foundation partners, analyzing grant-making interests and histories to align their philanthropic priorities with areas of programmatic need at Best Friends. 
  • Collaborate with the Foundations Team and program managers to identify funding needs, write grant proposals, develop budgets, and analyze impact.  
  • Write exemplary letters of inquiry, grant proposals, program budgets, financial reports, program updates, and narrative reports in a variety of styles. 
  • Help support other Development teams with proposal development, including maintaining regular communication, resource-sharing, and writing proposals for major gifts, middle donor, and other fundraising teams as needed. 
  • Work with accounting to monitor the financial management of grants and with program staff to analyze program impact and prepare reports back to partners.  
  • Maintain an up-to-date and accurate calendar of submissions, grant reports, and other deadlines.  
  • Enter data into the constituent relationship management database to track cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities with foundation prospects and partners.  
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties and support other areas of the Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team as necessary.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 5 years' experience in grant writing and foundation relationship development, with a demonstrated track record of personally growing grant revenue.
  • Experience writing grants for an organization with an operating budget over $20 million and managing six-figure foundation partnerships.
  • Superior writing skills with the ability to synthesize complex or diverse information and edit for quality, congruity, and style.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience working with data, project budgets, and financial reports.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • A commitment to team collaboration and communication, while working independently with minimal oversight.
  • Ability to produce superior quality work under pressure and nimbly manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Computer skills and experience working with fundraising software, grant research tools, and client relationship management (CRM) systems.
  • Ability to professionally and effectively communicate Best Friends' mission, vision, and programmatic scope.
  • Valid Driver's License with ability to travel on organization business approximately 8 times per year to meet with foundation partners and prospects; attend conferences; and host meetings at the Best Friends' Sanctuary in Utah and regional centers.

Physical Requirements

  • Work for extended period of time at a computer with repetitive typing, arm, and hand motion.  
  • Travel via various forms of public transportation on behalf of organization business.


Thank you for your interest in pursuing a career at Best Friends Animal Society.  Best Friends Animal Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.

Best Friends Animal Society
  • Apply Now

  • * Fields Are Required

    What is your full name?

    How can we contact you?

    I agree to ApplicantPro's Applicant Information Use Policy.*
  • Sign Up For Job Alerts!

  • Share This Page
  • Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email
Logo facebook twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn google+ Youtube About Our Work Events The Sanctuary Stories Resources Adopt Donate