Apr 06, 2020

Manager, Foundation Relations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Itasca, IL, USA
Full-Time Business Business Development Management Nonprofit - Social Services Other Strategy - Planning

Job Description

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, the AAP is an organization of nearly 70​,000 pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.​ The AAP advances child health priorities by multiple means including developing policy, conducting research, state and federal advocacy, building coalitions, raising public awareness, funding community-based projects, and supporting training and professional education. Working for every child’s future, the AAP is recognized as the leading advocate for children’s health.  More information can be found at www.aap.org.


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is seeking an enterprising and collaborative fundraising professional to join its Department of Development as Manager, Foundation Relations. Based at the AAP headquarters in Itasca, IL.  the Manager will provide strategic support to the Academy’s efforts to secure funding from public and private foundations and other organizations. The Manager will join a five-member Corporate & Foundation Relations team focused on securing unrestricted and restricted grants, sponsorships, and gifts in the five-seven figure range. The Manager will have a key role in the Academy’s efforts to strengthen its work with foundations and organizations by identifying opportunities, communicating the AAP mission, goals and programs to potential partners, and working collaboratively with program and administrative colleagues to share the impact of philanthropy from these partners.



  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, non-profit management or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of related education and work experience required.
  • 3 years’ experience writing grants for a nonprofit organization and shepherding grant proposals through to completion required.
  • Experience identifying, cultivating and securing new funding, particularly from large grant makers and managing complex and competing projects and deadlines.
  • Preference for candidates experienced at working with national foundations and/or in the health field.
  • Excellent writing, grant prospecting, presentation, organizational, negotiating, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Must be able to work independently, manage multiple priorities simultaneously, and work effectively with various internal and external constituents.
  • Must be knowledgeable about national grant makers and be able to devise and implement grant strategies.
  • Proficiency with MS Office required, and development software preferred.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work, and some travel required. Must be able to independently conduct donor/prospect visits, including air travel.


To learn more about the organization, see a full job description, and/or apply for the position, please visit https://www.aap.org/employment.

The AAP offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. As a reaffirmation to our employee-focused culture, since 2005 the AAP has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans that values the strength diversity brings to our workplace.

Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation regarding the job application process may call 630-626-6297. Please note, only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response. ​




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