Senior Foundations Officer


Join an organization at the forefront of health justice. 

Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for health equity and justice. We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit  Follow us on Twitter @CommCatHealth.  


This is an exciting time for Community Catalyst with a new strategic plan and a new multi-year plan to grow the organization’s donor community in support of health justice goals. Community Catalyst has strong partnerships with leading national foundations and is recognized in the philanthropic community for its leadership of national, state and local health advocacy collaborations. As part of a small and growing development team, the Senior Foundations Officer will build on this strong base to grow and diversify foundation revenue in support of strategic plan priorities. In partnership with the Director of Development, Executive Director and program leadership, the Senior Officer will actively manage a portfolio of current foundation relationships to increase funding and qualify a pipeline of new foundation prospects. The Senior Officer will work collaboratively to write timely, compelling concept papers and proposals, organize and participate in high-level foundation meetings, and implement cultivation and stewardship strategies. Beginning in summer 2022, the Senior Officer will supervise a foundations officer. 


The Senior Foundations Officer is supervised by the Director of Development 


  • Lead cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for a portfolio of foundation donors and prospects, identifying opportunities to increase revenue and expand partnerships. 

  • Develop and implement strategies to engage new foundation prospects; partner with program leadership to identify priority programs and build new relationships, including the identification of prospects for new cross-program collaborations. 

  • Write and edit proposals, concept papers and other documents with teams of internal and external collaborators. 

  • Facilitate and participate in meetings between funders/prospects and senior leadership, including formulation of solicitation strategies. 

  • Identify and grow opportunities for program-level and general operating support. 

  • Collaborate with programs and finance on the development of proposal budgets and other required documents. 

  • With Development Operations Manager, ensure timely and accurate documentation of grant agreements and donor requirements and timely acknowledgements. Maintain thorough and accurate donor records. 

  • As the department grows, assume supervisory responsibility for the Foundations Officer. 

  • Perform other duties as necessary to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals.

  • The Senior Foundations Officer is preferably located in Boston. We will also consider New York. 



  • Bachelor’s degree with 7 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience  

  • Track record of securing large foundation grants and engaging new prospects.  

  • Proven experience in the full spectrum of foundation fundraising (ie. proposal and budget development, cultivation, solicitation, and donor stewardship). 

  • Excellent persuasive writing, strategic thinking and analytical skills to communicate complex issues in ways that are compelling to donors. 

  • Ability to manage multiple projects, engage diverse collaborators and maintain project timelines in a fast-paced environment.  

  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce or a related system. 

  • Commitment to social justice and racial equity. 


  • Supervisory experience preferred. 

  • Experience fundraising for advocacy, health or related issue preferred. 


  • Salary Range: $82,000-90,000 

  • Generous paid time off policy 

  • Robust benefits package 

  • Hybrid in office and work at home  

Applicants should submit a resume as a document with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “Sr Foundations Officer” in the subject line. 

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. 

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status.   It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply. 

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