Foundation for America’s Public Lands

Philanthropy Operations Manager

Job Description

About the Position

The Philanthropy Operations Manager will be a crucial part of our team, reporting to the Chief Development Officer and supporting the overall administration of the Foundation’s development operations and philanthropy team.

Your main responsibilities will be focused on enhancing philanthropic campaign operations, supporting prospect research and other administrative functions in support of the Chief Development Officer, ensuring efficient operations while fostering and nurturing critical relationships.

This role is perfect for someone passionate about making an impact and being part of a team that is building from the ground up. The successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic setting, adapt to changing visions, and be excited about contributing to a generational legacy with global impact.

How to Recommend or Apply

Submit a cover letter outlining why you want to work for the Foundation for America’s lands and how your skills and experience align with this role.

Further inquiries may be sent to:

What You’ll Do:

  • CRM Integrity/Research: Maintain data integrity within Salesforce, generate reports, and ensure accurate data management. Develop and maintain custom analytics, reports, and dashboards to support strategic revenue generation aligned with organizational goals.

  • Philanthropic Administration: Draft donor letters, manage grant agreements, and ensure all documentation is ready and accurate.

  • Flexible Vision Adaptation & Implementation: Adapt to evolving organizational visions and strategies by implementing and documenting departmental processes, ensuring they are followed to maintain operational consistency and efficiency.

  • Stakeholder Engagement: Manage relationships with donors, advisors, and board members, ensuring seamless communication and coordination. Track and disseminate fundraising, donor, and prospect-related information regularly. 

  • Process Development: Create, document, and enforce donor file protocols and other donor-related intellectual property safeguards for the organization. Ensure the overall integrity and quality of the donor database, including regular data improvement and hygiene, enforcement of database business processes, and management of code values and business rules.

  • Pipeline Management: Assist in identifying new potential donors, systematically review and assess donor pipelines, and track the conversion and upgrading of donors throughout the pipeline. Provide tracking tools for front line officers to understand their progress against goals to ensure portfolio optimization.

  • Operational Support: Provide high-level administrative support to the philanthropy team, ensuring efficient operations and assisting with logistics for philanthropy events.

  • Event and Board Liaison: Assist in organizing and managing logistics around board meetings and other key events.

What Makes This Role Exciting:

We are building a culture of bipartisanship and solutions-oriented action. Our team is dedicated to finding common ground and practical solutions to support our public lands and waters. In this role you will have:

  • Impact & Influence: Contribute in a pivotal role to high profile projects that will shape and direct conservation efforts on a large scale.
  • Innovation: Leverage your experience and apply best practices to help build an optimal organizational structure from its inception. 
  • Growth: Play a key role in shaping the foundation’s future, contributing to strategic decisions and seeing the direct impact of your work.
  • Team Building: Help build a supportive and collaborative team that values every member’s contributions and focuses on mutual career development.
  • Flexibility: Work in a dynamic environment that adapts quickly to new challenges and opportunities, fostering personal and professional growth.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

What You’ll Bring:

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Previous experience in a startup or startup-like environment, preferably in a philanthropy or operations role.
  • Proficiency in implementing and managing CRM tools such as Salesforce or similar.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Clear and professional communication with exceptional writing skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • A meticulous approach to tasks and documentation, ensuring accuracy and consistency.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and a flexible mindset.

Why Join Us?

The Foundation for America’s Public Lands offers an unparalleled opportunity to be part of a pioneering team dedicated to preserving and enhancing America’s public lands and waters. You’ll be stepping into a role where you can truly make a difference, setting the direction for a foundation that will leave a lasting legacy. If you’re ready to build something groundbreaking and leave your mark on conservation, we’d love to hear from you!


Compensation: $85,000 to $95,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Group medical/vision/dental benefits with 100% employer contribution for employees and 75% contribution for dependents; life insurance; 401k retirement savings plan; and generous holiday and paid time off policies.


Location: US-remote in the PT/MT time zone, preferably near a major airport


Travel: 5-10%

About the Foundation

Foundation for America's public lands

The Foundation for America’s Public Lands is a pioneering startup on a mission to safeguard the sustainability of our public lands and waters. Chartered by Congress, we are the official charitable partner of the Bureau of Land Management with a pivotal mission: to connect us to our public lands and waters and sustain these special places for the benefit of present and future generations.

Standing on the cusp on an exciting chapter, we are set to become a cornerstone institution, working in close partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and a strong network of local to national stakeholders who share our vision. Our work is ambitious, impactful, and essential – and we are building the inaugural team who will be critical to shaping the Foundation’s future.

With co-headquarters in Grand Junction, CO, and Washington, DC, the Foundation is poised for growth and to have a substantial impact on the future of our nation’s public lands and waters. Discover more about our mission and how you can contribute to this groundbreaking journey at

On May 5, 2017, Congress authorized the creation of  the Foundation for America’s Public Lands (Foundation) to address the following overarching goals:

  • To encourage, accept, and administer private gifts of money, real and personal property; and in-kind services for the benefit of, or in connection with the activities and services of, the Bureau of Land Management.
  • To conduct activities, campaigns, and programs that advance the purposes for which public land is managed.
  • To carry out and encourage educational, technical, scientific, and other assistance or activities that support the mission of the BLM.
  • To assist BLM with challenges that could be better addressed with the support of a foundation, including reclamation and conservation activities, activities relating to wild free roaming horses and burros, and the stewardship of cultural and archaeological treasures on public land.

The Foundation is the official charitable partner of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and works together with the BLM to support its mission. The Foundation is at a critical juncture as they build its leadership, craft strategic priorities, and design programming priority campaigns. Together with BLM, the Foundation can inspire people to care for our lands and build greater awareness and affinity for public lands.

The Foundation for America’s Public Lands is an equal opportunity employer. The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.