The Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager grows the corporation and foundation revenue streams for AHS by developing strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with corporate brands and foundation partners, ensuring agreement deliverables are met in collaboration with corporate and foundation partners, and prospecting and securing funding from corporate brands through regular virtual meetings and from foundations through relationship development and grant writing expertise. This position has responsibility for preliminary prospect research that qualifies prospective corporate brand partners and foundations for further cultivation and stewardship. While this position will focus on corporate partner and foundation relations, secondary responsibilities may include individual donor relations as needed. The Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager reports to the Executive Director.


Maintain a portfolio of 75 corporate and foundation donors and prospects; build and maintain relationships with new and existing corporate and foundation supporters.

Work closely with American Hiking Society’s corporate brand partners to form long-term relationships and, with the Manager of Communications, coordinate the execution of social media and digital communications deliverables within agreements.

Continuously prospect and engage new corporate brand partners for annual or multi-year partnerships. Help to innovate new modes of partnership with brands.

Know the details and history of AHS programs and advocacy in order to pitch philanthropic support to prospective corporate and foundation partners.

Identify new opportunities for foundation funding and cultivate relationships with program officers, foundation trustees, and grant managers, serving as the point of contact for correspondence and communications.

Complete and submit national and local grant proposals with support from the AHS team.

Manage all aspects of foundation writing for grants, letters of inquiry, and follow up reporting.

Obtain and organize data necessary for proposal writing and reporting.

Supervise Development Intern when applicable.


Assist Executive Director in the management of the AHS Board Development Committee.

Assist Executive Director with regular fundraising training for the AHS Board of Directors.

Support the AHS Board of Directors as they work to engage their corporate and foundation contacts.

Be an engaged team member when opportunities for funding arise from other entities.

Work to secure in-kind donation products to further AHS programming.

Maintain digital files for corporations and foundations.

Tagged as: Development, Full Time, Fundraising


Commitment to follow AHS Values and AHS’s Commitment to the Hiking Community.
Genuine belief in the AHS Mission of empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.
Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing, Business, Non-Profit Management, or similar field
5+ years of experience in a fundraising or marketing position, preferably in a non-profit organization.
Demonstrated experience securing grant funding through written grant proposals.

Required Skills:

Excellent public speaking and written communications skills; ability to present information concisely and with enthusiasm.
Skilled relationship builder who enjoys creating strong partnerships.
Ability to manage a wide variety of responsibilities and projects.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Database management experience preferred.
Project management experience is a plus.
An understanding of social media content development for business/nonprofit.

Preferred Skills:

An understanding of social media content development for business/nonprofit.
Ability to organize and prioritize work.
Ability to exemplify a can-do work ethic and attitude.
Ability to demonstrate a high level of professional demeanor and work successfully with a wide variety of constituents including board members, supporters, volunteers, and consultants.
A self motivator with the ability to work independently with light supervision.
Excellent interpersonal skills; Ability to develop relationships through

About American Hiking Society

American Hiking Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1976, is the only national nonprofit serving the hiking community. Our mission is empowering ALL to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience. We achieve our mission through grassroots and grasstops advocacy and trail service programs, and we envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities. Our trail service programs include week- and weekend-long trips based all over the country, including Alternative Break (for college-age students and young professionals) for those new to trail service, Volunteer Vacations (all ages) for all trail service experience levels, and American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® (a national day of advocacy and trail service on the 1st Saturday in June, involving 1000+ events and more than 100,000 participants). Our advocacy programs include the year-long

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Heather Klein Olson, Executive Director, at [email protected] with “Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager” and your first and last name in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until April 15th, 2024.