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The Marshall Project is hiring a Development Manager for Institutional Giving to help solicit and steward a robust portfolio of foundation donors and prospects. We are looking for an ambitious individual to develop and lead our grants management system.

As a key member of a small development department, the manager will focus on generating funding from foundations. Reporting to the Director of Development, specific duties include prospect research, proposal strategy, and coordinating / writing concept papers, letters of intent, proposals, interim and final reports for a growing portfolio of donors.

The ideal candidate will have experience researching, writing and coordinating grants in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Director of Development to create and implement a foundation relations strategy for The Marshall Project.

  • Write letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports for foundation donors.

  • Research and develop a pipeline of prospective foundation donors for The Marshall Project.

  • Prepare briefings, talking points, and strategies to close proposals. Staff and partner with leadership on fundraising priorities with institutional funders.

  • Guide engagement and stewardship of institutional donors.

  • Manage grants calendar to ensure internal/external deadlines are met.

  • Collaborate and lead writing for department, including drafting thank you letters and appeals.

  • Other projects, as assigned.


  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated ability to write in a clear, structured, articulate and persuasive manner.

  • Superb research, organizational, project management, time management, and communication skills.

  • Career track record of success. Ideally, a minimum of 3-5 years grant writing and administration experience.

  • Computer literacy and experience with Salesforce and/or other related development software required.

  • Ability to work collegially in a fast paced environment and adapt to change as necessary; strong interpersonal skills.

  • A high level of expertise combined with a can-do attitude; willingness and ability to formulate a plan and personally implement down to smallest details.

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Our team draws together seasoned investigative journalists, veteran crime reporters, innovative digital producers, experienced news editors, and leading non profit executives.

The Marshall Project is an equal opportunity employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated or involved with the criminal justice system.

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