Partnerships Manager

December 21, 2020
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 700, Flexible, Flexible/East Coast Preferable
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The Labor Innovations for the 21st Century (LIFT) Fund identifies and supports unique opportunities to catalyze the conditions under which worker centers, emerging worker organizations, and labor unions can collaborate on strategies to build worker power, improve workplace conditions, and increase community well-being. Through grantmaking, convening, learning, and research, the LIFT Fund develops a strong network of collaboration and innovation across the labor movement and philanthropy.

At this tumultuous and opportune moment, the LIFT Fund is poised for growth and expanded impact. LIFT is seeking a new Partnerships Manager who will support the fund’s grantmaking, learning, convening, and research agendas in partnership with the Executive Director and Steering Committee. They will be a strong and detail-oriented project manager familiar with the culture, rhythm, and emerging trends in philanthropy paired with a deep and sustained passion for worker rights and economic justice. The Manager will lead and coordinate a broad and diverse learning and research agenda in partnership with stakeholders across the fund’s network and support opportunities to expand its reach and support base. It’s is an exciting opportunity to influence and foster innovation at the intersections of philanthropy and the labor movement.

The Partnerships Manager will join a small but growing team dedicated to building worker power and sustaining and expanding the combined philanthropic and labor movement support to achieve that mission. A new position to the LIFT Fund, the Partnerships Manager will bring leadership in the following areas:

Relationship Stewardship

  • In partnership with the Executive Director (ED), identify, develop, and cultivate cross-sector collaborations between labor and philanthropy that further the fund’s goals and expand investment opportunities.
  • Develop and nurture strong collaborative relationships with the fund’s network of program officers and stakeholders.

Research & Learning

  • In partnership with the Steering Committee, lead the conceptualization, organization, and implementation of the fund’s learning and research agenda, linking overarching learning agendas to funding strategy.
  • Coordinate communities of learning, practice, and well-being that advance shared understanding and movement building between philanthropy and labor.
  • Develop and execute Learning Days bringing funders on the ground with our grantees and other local leaders to engage in deep learning while exploring critical questions about their work and campaigns.
  • Coordinate a range of research projects covering the documentation of cutting-edge innovation in the field of worker organizing.
  • Collaborate internally with other staff to identify field needs and develop programs and convenings that are timely and relevant.

Organizational & Resource Management

  • Support the Executive Director and the Steering Committee in the cultivation of key funding partnerships and their integration into the long-term learning and collaborative culture of the organization.
  • Manage and oversee research, writing, and grant/application proposals and reports to multiple donor sources.
  • Support the ED, Steering Committee, and fiscal sponsor in stewarding the financial and organizational health of the fund through on time and high quality reporting to key funders strengthened governance and internal communication, and processes and procedures that support the fund’s growth and the development of new programs.

External Communications

  • Coordinate publicity and marketing of all special events, strategic initiatives, and public events.
  • Coordinate the production of the fund’s written materials, including but not limited to annual reports, webpages, press releases, brochures, and outreach materials.


The Partnerships Manager will be a mission-driven professional with a passion for advancing worker justice and the field of philanthropy. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Deep commitment to the LIFT Fund’s mission, the labor movement, worker rights, and economic justice.
  • Familiarity with the field of philanthropy through experience inside a grantmaking organization or by supporting the broader field of philanthropy; experience grant-writing or managing grants preferred.
  • Outstanding project management skills with the ability to drive complex, multi-faceted projects forward to deliver high-quality results on time; advanced problem-solving and decision-making skills, and the ability to multitask in a dynamic and growing environment.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, convey complex ideas through brief, simple materials, and through multiple platforms.
  • Team orientation and collaborative spirit required in a small and growing organization; self-starter with the ability to work independently toward common goals and objectives.
  • Experience with program evaluation, data collection, and analysis.
  • Technology savvy and adaptive style required in today’s evolving workplace.
  • Highly positive and enthusiastic style; can-do attitude paired with a collaborative and inclusive manner.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or the combination of relevant lived and professional experience applicable to the role.


Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume to [email protected].

Compensation: Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) fiscally sponsors The LIFT Fund. Compensation for this position is targeted at $80-95,000.