Director of Foundations Relations
Public Justice has retained Slesinger Management Services to recruit a person who would enjoy and be
successful at persuading grant-making foundations to support a nonprofit legal advocacy organization
that combats consumer fraud, worker abuse, and other issues that unfairly harm people.
Applications will be accepted until this search is completed. To see if the search is still active, please
The mission of Public Justice is to pursue high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic
injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government
abuses. The organization accomplishes this through cutting-edge lawsuits and related public education,
grassroots advocacy, and media relations campaigns that fight against numerous injustices including
consumer fraud, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, systemic racism, antiLGBTQ discrimination, factory farming, climate change, and campaigns to block the public’s access to
A nonprofit founded in 1982, Public Justice has a staff of about 45 and a budget of $8 million.
Revenue comes primarily from membership dues and donations (mostly from plaintiff trial attorneys
around the country who also work on these issues), grants from private foundations, and attorney fees
from successful lawsuits. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC; there is also an office
in Oakland, California. (The director of foundation relations is welcome to work from the DC or
Oakland office, but could also work remotely from another city anywhere in the United States.)
For more information about Public Justice, please go to www.PublicJustice.net. (Please do not confuse
Public Justice (also called the Public Justice Foundation) with two other organizations with similar
names: The Center for Public Justice, a Christian-based public policy organization with addresses in
Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia; or the Public Justice Center in Baltimore.)
The Position and its Principal Responsibilities
Working closely with Public Justice’s executive director, director of development, and program staff,
the director of foundation relations will be responsible for inviting private foundations throughout the
United States to support Public Justice’s legal work, maintaining relationships with current and newly
cultivated foundation supporters, and working closely with programmatic staff on relationship
This person will be responsible for all the key steps in successful fundraising from foundations,
including identifying grantmakers whose interests overlap with Public Justice’s program priorities,
cultivating relationships with foundation staff, accompanying the executive director and other senior
staff to meetings where grants will be discussed, and drafting periodic foundation-required
programmatic and financial reports.
This is a new, fulltime job, created to take over work that has been done on a part-time basis by a
Desired Skills and Characteristics
The ideal director of foundation relations will have:
1. A successful track record in obtaining grants from foundations throughout the United States.
2. Strong writing skills. This person will play a lead role in putting together proposals to submit to
3. A significant understanding of grant budgeting to help program and finance staff identify all
relevant costs that should be included in a proposal, including appropriate administrative support.
4. The poise to represent the organization before foundations – and also recognize when it’s more
appropriate for other staff – especially programs directors – to represent Public Justice before
5. Experience working with the broader legal community – this is desirable, but not required.
6. A strong interest in and understanding of the varied causes that Public Justice takes on.
7. A willingness for a hands-on, do it yourself job, i.e. this person will have limited administrative
support for prospect research, drafting of letters, maintaining a donor database, and other tasks that
are part of foundation relations.
8. An ability to travel occasionally to meet with donors, often accompanying the executive director or
other senior staff including attorneys focusing on projects that would appeal to particular
The anticipated salary for the first year will be $115,000 to $125,000. Public Justice provides staff with
a generous benefits package that includes health insurance, paid time off, a retirement plan, and other
policies that recognize and support work-life balance. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ
candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
1. cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified, and
to: Larry Slesinger, Founder and CEO, Slesinger Management Services
(please include “Public Justice” in subject line)
Questions? Contact Larry Slesinger by email or at 301-320-0680.
Job posted: 2021-05-19