Relationship Manager

Los Angeles, CA preferred

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The Public Interest Network operates more than a dozen organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to social change. Some of the groups that are part of the Network include PIRG, Environment America, Green Corps, and the National Environmental Law Center. We are taking on some of the biggest challenges facing humanity such as delivering clean air, clean water and a livable climate to the next generation. But politics today often pits left vs. right, progressive vs. conservative, in ways that leave us no closer to real solutions. We don’t fit into either camp. If this approach interests you – apply today!

In order to achieve these results, the groups in The Public Interest Network need resources, guidance, and infrastructure to make progress on these issues. That’s where the Development Department comes in – we raise general support funds to further the critical work of the Network’s national organizations and network of state groups.

The Development Department’s new Relationship Manager would be responsible for, among other things, cultivating The Public Interest Network’s Leadership Circle members and major donors, helping to organize an annual retreat as well as quarterly webinars, briefings, roundtable discussions and more. The Relationship Manager may also assist with organizing events that build a pipeline of larger donors.

Representative Responsibilities

The Relationship Manager will work with the Development Director and other members of The Public Interest Network leadership team. This position requires exercising discretion and independent judgment in making decisions in matters of significance. Representative responsibilities include:

  • Support major donor development: Work with the Development Director to identify and cultivate major donors, primarily by nurturing and expanding the Network’s Leadership Circle and by caring for current Leadership Circle members and bringing in new ones. Meet with donors in person and virtually; schedule briefings, webinars, events and more (in person and virtually); attend networking events, conferences, galas, award ceremonies, fundraisers and more.
  • Build relationships: Represent the Public Interest Network with major donors, prospects and Leadership Circle members (actual and prospective). Must be professional and have the ability to build trust and relationships with influential people.
  • Communicate with supporters: Send regular updates, notes, cards, invites, materials, reports and more to Leadership Circle members (actual and prospective); and track communications. Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Organize events: Organize annual retreat for Leadership Circle members, as well as quarterly briefings, webinars and/or roundtable discussions; piggyback on other major events and webinars hosted by the Network to raise our organization’s visibility and brand.


Applicants must be: goal-driven, sharp, detail oriented and extremely organized and, as noted, excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Applicants should be interested in supporting the fundraising infrastructure that provides the financial resources which enables organizers and advocates to create social and political change. Must be creative, flexible and able to work as part of a team. Top candidates will be driven by the idea of building the development department and a non-profit organization, have an outstanding work ethic, and the maturity to manage confidential and/or sensitive information. Candidates ideally will have five or more years of relevant experience and must be able to make a two-year commitment to the position.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting compensation range is $38,000-$65,000 and depends on relevant experience and/or education. Candidates on the low end of directly relevant experience should expect to be on the lower end of this range; candidates on the higher end of relevant experience are likely to be on the higher end of this range. The Public Interest Network offers an excellent benefits package. Our benefits package may include medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents, needs-based student loan assistance, 401(k) plan with employer match, commuter benefit program, paid time off, parental leave and long-term disability insurance. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Things To Know When You Apply
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If hired, the Relationship Manager will work for the Fund For Public Interest, an organization within The Public Interest Network. The Fund for Public Interest is an equal opportunity employer. The Fund will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.