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Deputy Fundraising Director: Grants Department

Posted on: September 18, 2017

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Job description

The Public Interest Network is a family of more than a dozen organizations that employ a full arsenal of time-tested strategies for social change, including organizing, advocacy, research, and policy analysis, litigation and socially responsible investing. Together, we stand up to powerful special interests and work on a wide array of issues, from air and water pollution to money in politics to the safety of our food systems to global warming.

For more than 40 years, the members of the network have shared a firm commitment to a model for success—one that embraces tough-minded culture of accountability, and organizing to win measurable results. These results include hundreds of laws, policies and other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and otherwise made corporations and government more responsive to the public interest. Over the years, our network has also recruited and trained thousands of people, many of whom have moved up to become leaders of our own network or elsewhere in the social change community.

Our member organizations include: Environment America, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Environmental Action, Toxics Action Center, Green Century Capital Management, Green Corps, National Environmental Law Center, Frontier Group, Community Voters Project, Snowriders International, Accelerate Change, Voices for Progress, and Impact.

Job Description
The Deputy Director will have a key role in our efforts to double our grant and large donor fundraising over the next five years. This additional funding will enable the Public Interest Network to make an even bigger impact on some of the most important problems of our time, as well as recruit and train hundreds more new activists who will work for change for years to come.

To reach this ambitious goal, the Deputy Director will represent the Public Interest Network in the funder community, including foundations, major individual donors, and other non-corporate institutions. The Deputy Director also will develop short and long term strategies for broadening and deepening our funding base and directly raise money for priority projects and organizations.

Specifically, the Deputy Grants Fundraising Director’s responsibilities include:
 Set fundraising goals, map out and drive forward fundraising objectives with Public Interest Network staff;
 Research and identify appropriate foundation and donor prospects;
 Meet with at least 50 prospective funders annually;
 Network with the funding community by attending conferences and events;
 Promote the Public Interest Network through written updates, briefings, and other affinity building activities;
 Develop, write, and pitch grant proposals;
 Manage grants raised for the Public Interest Network, including monitoring project progress and reporting to the funder; and
 Support the grantseeking activities of the Public Interest Network member organization’s staff around the country.

Additionally, the Deputy Director will participate in strengthening the Public Interest Network by participating in other capacity building priorities, from recruiting and training staff to phone banking to helping with events.

Preferably Los Angeles, CA but would consider other locations for the right candidate

We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of activism and organizing. We’re also looking for candidates that are more motivated by the success of the movement than by individual achievement.

Additionally, top candidates will:
 Have a bachelor’s degree and at least three to five years of relevant experience, and must have some fundraising experience. Advanced degrees, including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate’s professional experience;
 Have exceptional expository writing and verbal persuasion skills, with the ability to translate complex campaigns and programs into targeted fundraising requests;
 Enjoy meeting new people, networking, and cultivating relationships;
 Be highly goal driven and have a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability;
 Be flexible, embrace new challenges, and have a can-do attitude and strong work ethic;
 Be willing to travel extensively on a public interest budget and be comfortable with irregular work hours (nighttime events, weekend meetings, etc.);
 Have demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in solving problems; and
 Be able to work independently and creatively, as well as take direction and work as part of a team.

The Deputy Grants Fundraising Director position requires a two-year commitment.

Compensation & Benefits
Compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package, including paid holidays, sick days, and vacation days. Eligible staff may join our group health insurance plan and will have the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) program. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


To Apply
Visit and fill out the online form. If we are interested in interviewing you for the position, we will get back to you within a week. All finalists also will be required to complete a writing test.
The Public Interest Network is a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Visit to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. The Public Interest Network will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


Los Angeles, CA


The Public Interest Network

Job category

Employment type
Full Time

3+ years


Start date
October 27, 2017

Apply by October 27, 2017