State Policy Network

State Policy Network

Foundation Operations Manager

  • Type: Contract
  • Discipline: Development
  • Contact:
  • Location: Virtual
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2019


State Policy Network is seeking a Foundation Operations Manager to join our fast-paced development team. This position is ideal for a pro-liberty, entrepreneurial candidate with an interest in utilizing excellent writing and organizational skills while gaining valuable fundraising experience and learning more about the state-based free market think tank network.

The Foundation Operations Manager will work directly with our Director of Foundation and Organization Relations on writing/editing copy, maintaining grants calendars and files, compiling information for proposals and reports, and stewarding donors in the foundation sector.

The Foundation Operations Manager’s role advances SPN’s mission and strategic objectives by providing operational management of foundation fundraising functions and partnerships that support SPN’s key priorities.

The Foundation Operations Manager can be based in SPN’s Arlington, VA headquarters or in a virtual office.


  • Edit copy/write first drafts of reports, proposals, cover letters
  • Review grant awards, portals, websites and other sources to set up/maintain foundation calendar, target dates/activities list, and metrics spreadsheets
  • Track deadlines and materials submitted
  • Gather information needed for reports, fact sheets/one-page data requests of foundations, year-end reports, and new-year’s goals
  • Track requests of team members, create reminder system
  • Assist with stewardship of foundation donors
  • Assist with moves management execution, projections, and recording in Salesforce
  • Assist with acknowledgment process
  • Assist with prospecting for new foundation partners


  • 2-4 years of experience in fundraising, copy editing, operations, sales, or communications
  • Strong interest in having a role that will further State Policy Network’s mission and impact
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic
  • Goal-oriented team player with upbeat personality, yet comfortable working independently
  • A strong ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects effectively
  • Experience in solving problems in time-sensitive situations
  • Ability to plan ahead, forecast workflow, and meet deadlines
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills
  • Proficient knowledge of Excel, Power Point, Word, Salesforce (or other CRM system) and cloud-sharing programs

This is currently a contract hourly position for approximately 15-20 hours per week and 48 weeks per year. May include minimal travel (5-10%).

About State Policy Network

State Policy Network is a national nonprofit organization pursuing a vision of an America where personal freedom, innovation, opportunity, and a more peaceful society help all Americans flourish. State Policy Network was founded to support the growth of a collaborative and entrepreneurial network of state think tanks including 65 independent state think tank affiliates and over 90 associate partners. SPN works side-by-side with these leaders to catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state, anchored with high performing independent think tanks. We do this by:

  • Incubating think tanks and accelerating their development through strategic planning, training, and coaching;
  • Connecting talented state leaders so they can learn, challenge, and grow together, with the aim of cultivating state solutions that collectively yield national impact; and,
  • Defending the 50-state think tank network by disseminating best practices, critical resources when members are attacked, and fighting assaults on free speech and donor privacy.

This job can be virtual.

How to apply

To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Compensation requirements

Materials should be emailed to Denise Stevenson at

Thank you in advance to all applicants for your interest in this position however, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

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