Institutional Relations Manager

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 17 July 2018

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Fund’s dynamic team in Europe. The Manager of Institutional Relations plays a key role and would suit a dynamic, experienced and adaptable individual with a commitment to human rights, equality and justice and a desire to take on responsibility for managing and growing a portfolio of grants from European foundations, bi- and multi-lateral donors, and/or corporations that support the Fund’s work.

Committed to the Fund’s mission of mobilizing resources for the human rights movement, candidates should be able to identify and realize diverse funding opportunities, enjoy building and nurturing relationships, and have the analytical and writing skills to prepare a wide range of donor materials.

The successful candidate will be both part of a small and dynamic Development Team in the European Office as well as a member of the Fund’s global Institutional Relations team, which operates under a matrix structure. As such, the manager will report to and work closely with the European Office’s Director and the Fund’s Director of Institutional Relations, based in New York, in order to meet the growing organizational fundraising revenue goals.This position would be based in London.

Reports to: Director of Institutional Relations; European Office Director.

Supervises: N/A

Essential Duties and Responsibilities | Where You’ll Make the Most Impact

Fundraising & Development

  • Identify and maximise new sources of income from trusts, foundations and other institutional donors in the UK and Europe
  • Conduct prospect research and develop strategic approaches to cultivate new donors and funding opportunities in Europe
  • Manage a portfolio of current and prospective foundation, corporate foundation, and bilateral donors, including those giving six-figure grants
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with donors and prospects to keep them informed about programmatic developments and elicit support for the Fund’s growth
  • Develop and draft compelling grant proposals and reports for institutional funders and prospects, persuasively communicating the Fund’s mission and programmes
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with programme staff to manage project budgets and activities, learn about programmatic developments, and drive forward programmatic growth goals by matching with funding opportunities
  • Represent the Fund in external outreach and networking spaces with the goal of building the Fund’s network of prospects
  • Track communications related to current, pending, and prospective grants in Salesforce database; ensure that all deadlines are met; monitor and ensure the Fund’s compliance with grant requirements
  • Assist in donor engagement activities, such as occasional event planning and related tasks as needed
  • Actively participate in internal planning and objective-setting processes

Qualifications | What You’ll Need to Be Successful

  • Commitment to human rights and social justice and familiarity with human rights and international development issues.
  • 6+ years of development and fundraising experience.
  • Experience successfully securing funds from institutional donors, knowledge of philanthropic trends, and existing relationships in this field.
  • A good understanding of the institutional funding landscape, preferably including the UK market and an understanding/ appreciation of institutional donor stewardship techniques. Experience with other types of funding funders (bi- and multi-lateral, corporate foundations) a plus, as well as in building complex and consortia proposal bids and reports.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to analyse complex information and present in an accessible format for different audiences.
  • Excellent verbal communication and inter-personal skills and able to represent the Fund and build support to it from donors.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programmes; comfort with Salesforce highly desirable but not essential
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in French and/or another European language (e.g.German) a plus
  • Legal right to work in the UK

About the Organization

The Fund for Global Human Rights (the Fund) is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world. Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in regions from Latin America to Africa to Southeast Asia, the Fund offers grants and facilitates technical support to front-line groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

Established 15 years ago, the Fund has delivered over £60 million to more than 670 frontline human rights organizations globally. Primarily supported by private foundations, the Fund is now entering a period of ambitious growth and is seeking to diversify and increase current funding. The Fund aims to maximize existing support from major foundations, cultivate new foundation donors, access opportunities offered from specific bi- and multi-lateral funders, and tap into other new potential revenue streams. The Fund’s European Office – based in London – is key to these growth plans.

The Institutional Relations Manager (Europe) will play an important role in developing and implementing the organisation’s plans in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe and in accessing new opportunities for funding in support of the Fund’s mission.

How to Apply: Visit

The Fund for Global Human Rights UK encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply; we especially encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants. As a human rights organization, cultural competency and sensitivity are requirements for all staff positions at the Fund.

We do our best to ensure that qualifications are aligned with position needs but if you are unsure about whether to apply, please do so anyway! Please contact if you need accommodations or special assistance to complete the application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Earliest anticipated start date is August 2018

The Fund for Global Human Rights UK is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel selection decisions are based on relevant knowledge, skills, and experience without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, in accordance with U.K. law.

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