Opportunity: Foundation Relations Officer

Posted: September 4, 2017

Help Support Research for a Cure!

If you are an experienced and successful proposal writer and want to join a team of professionals based in the Washington D.C. area who are fighting cancer, the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) wants to hear from you! Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Foundation Relations Officer is responsible for leading proposal writing activities and management of corporate, public and private foundation and donor-advised fund relations. We are seeking to grow significantly our special youth and young adult outreach programs, Play4TheCure and Arts4TheCure, as well as build a stronger base of support for our research fellows.

Principal Duties:

  • Prepare proposals, applications, reports, and other written materials related to corporate, public and private foundation funding in a timely and accurate manner, effectively communicating NFCR’s mission, programs and case for support;
  • Work with members of the development, marketing and science teams; prepare program descriptions, budgets and other materials as required for proposals and reports;
  • Work collaboratively with Donor and Corporate Relations colleagues on specific grants related to their portfolios and/or programs;
  • Prepare acknowledgment letters and other donor communications as needed;
  • Participate in the cultivation and stewardship of foundation and donor-advised fund donors;
  • Assist with expansion of the foundation donor base through prospect identification, research and strategic cultivation/solicitation; and
  • Represent and assist NFCR, as needed, with special events and other development and marketing activities.


  • Minimum 3 years of demonstrated proposal writing success required, preferably in the cancer research or healthcare sector; familiarity with funding opportunities and application processes;
  • Strong budgeting skills for preparation of grant proposals and reports;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail coupled with strong prioritization instincts;
  • Working knowledge of research resources for foundation fundraising;
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and database programs required (Salesforce preferred);
  • Must exhibit excellent judgment and flexibility;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of education and experience; and
  • Genuinely cares for people that are victims of cancer and is committed to our quest to find a cure.

How to Apply:

NFCR offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package. Please submit a cover letter and resume to employment@nfcr.org.

About NFCR

The National Foundation for Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides scientists in the lab the funding they need to make game-changing discoveries in cancer treatments, detection, prevention and ultimately, a cure. NFCR distinguishes itself from other organizations by emphasizing long-term, transformative, cutting-edge cancer research. With the help of 5.2 million individual donors over the last 44 years, NFCR has delivered more than $350 million in funding to public education and cancer research leading to several important, life-saving discoveries. Visit nfcr.org to learn more.