Research and Stewardship Manager, Foundation Relations

Palo Alto, California
Aug 07, 2018
Sep 06, 2018
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time

Are you looking for a position that gives you the opportunity to have a positive, profound, and long-lasting impact on the health of children?

At the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, we are a team of dedicated individuals with a shared commitment to helping kids and families live healthier lives.

We do this by:

  • Fundraising for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and the maternal and child health programs of Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Raising awareness of children’s health issues.
  • Promoting a system of care that improves the lives of children with special health care needs and their families.

The Foundation Relations (FR) Research and Stewardship Manager is a member of a 4-person team who will aid in raising philanthropic support from professional foundations. The Foundation Relations team engages with local, regional and national foundations, developing relationships, pursuing grant opportunities and stewarding gifts and grants received. Portfolios include new prospects just discovered as well as longstanding donors. Foundation Relations partners closely with faculty and staff in child and maternal health programs throughout the Children’s Hospital and School of Medicine. Their work has significantly increased philanthropic support for a wide array of innovative research, patient care, medical education, patient and family service, and community-based programs.

The Foundation Relations Research and Stewardship Manager will

  • Lead Foundation Relations’ extensive prospect research program
  • Manage our growing stewardship report portfolio
  • Assist with gift and grant administration
  • Collaborate with colleagues, facilitating information sharing and coordination across departments
  • Create more efficient approaches for achieving our goals, for example, with advanced use of databases, prospect strategy meetings, and briefings on health topics.


  • Leads prospect research on foundations. The Research and Stewardship Manager conducts and manages extensive research about future FR prospects and current donors, monitoring grant opportunity websites, producing prospect reports in short and long formats, and preparing strategic briefings that advance our relationships with foundations. S/he serves as FR’s liaison to the Data Analytics and Prospect Research Team. The Manager also closely tracks and keeps records of informational meetings with faculty and staff about their research and programs, relationships with foundations, and emerging funding needs. S/he uses many sources of information such as faculty profiles, foundation descriptions, past proposals and reports to create a holistic view of faculty members’ areas of expertise and relationships with foundations. Finally, the Manager collaboratively designs and implements workflow mapping processes to streamline our prospect research efforts, particularly in Raiser’s Edge database and the shared drive.
  • Manages our growing FR stewardship portfolio. The Research and Stewardship Manager administers all aspects of FR stewardship. This includes documenting stewardship reporting requirements for more than 150 gifts and grants per year, scheduling report reminders for faculty and solicitors; and collaboratively drafting, editing, tracking, and submitting narrative and financial reports that meet funders’ guidelines. The Manager also analyzes gift and grant agreements’ terms for alignment with University policies and highlight language that needs attention. His/her partnerships with faculty, staff and FR colleagues are key to the success of the stewardship program. Developing creative and meaningful recognition for donors is also important, as is enhancing the efficiency and impact of the FR stewardship program.
  • Creates more efficient approaches for achieving our goals, such as using advanced practices with donor and grant databases, coordinating prospect strategy meetings, and writing briefings on an array of key topics and philanthropic opportunities. The Research and Stewardship Manager uses relationship and process mapping techniques to increase our effectiveness and reduce the team’s administrative burden. S/he also assists with outreach to faculty members and staff at the hospital and school of medicine.


Required Skills:

  • Four or more years of related experience in a nonprofit organization or similar environment
  • Exceptional research, writing, analytical, problem-solving, collaboration and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with databases
  • Ability to write well about child and maternal health topics in lay person or basic scientific terms 


  • Six or more years of experience in a nonprofit organization, with a focus on development and grants administration
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, grants management databases and prospect research tools
  • Comfort with health-related reading and writing that includes technical terminology
  • Ability to translate technical and complex scientific subjects into non-scientific terms
  • Quality or process improvement expertise, relationship mapping and similar analytic approaches
  • Experience working closely with internal and external stakeholders
  • Exceptional experience drafting and editing gift and grant documents, reports, budgets and forms
  • Experience and confidence managing several complex projects simultaneously, keeping relevant information in good order for all team members to access
  • Excellent collaborator, finding creative solutions to problems, bringing people together around a goal

Apply online by submitting a cover letter and resume.

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.