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Position Overview

Fairmount is adding a Project Manager to support the full range of Fairmount’s core services, with a primary focus on strategic and business planning and grant-writing. The position is ideal for an experienced and intellectually curious professional who understands the nuances of nonprofit strategy, organizational development, program design, and resource development. They are a nonprofit generalist, energized by complex questions and being part of a multi-disciplinary, diverse team, excellent at 360 communication, and capable of both strategic thinking and maintaining a high volume of tactical data. They thrive in situations that require equal parts knowledge and expertise, good instincts, and keeping many things moving at once.


DESIGN, STRATEGIZE & ADVISE – Help develop strategies related to mission, programming, funding, and organizational structure. Offer in-the-moment advice to clients as opportunities arise and as their circumstances evolve.

WRITE – Write in many different styles and voices on behalf of clients. Products include concept papers, findings documents, strategic and business plans, foundation proposals, case statements, feasibility studies, and, less often, major donor specific communications, scripts, and talking points.

RESEARCH & ANALYZE – Perform stakeholder interviews; identify best practices and trends; analyze and present visually client program, budget, and resource development data; conduct funder, market, and competitor analyses; research and evaluate funding, donor, partner, and board prospects.

COMMUNICATE – Represent Fairmount to clients and serve as day-to-day contact; manage clients’ funder and donor outreach; engage in and help facilitate client meetings; work independently and collaborate on teams with Fairmount staff.

MANAGE – Balance a diverse portfolio of work with an average of 5-7clients; oversee junior supporting staff on select client teams; develop and maintain project workplans; track work activities and proactively report to senior client leads.


  • At least 3 years’ direct experience with nonprofit strategy, program design, and/or grant writing
  • Deep understanding of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors
  • Excellent writing skills; strong research, analytical and organizational skills
  • Facility and comfort with quantitative data and information
  • Ability to analyze and respond to situations through a lens of social justice and equity
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Experience managing broad-scale projects & processes and overseeing & mentoring junior staff
  • Ability to translate abstract concepts into cogent written products
  • Portfolio of relevant, original written materials


Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, two original and relevant professional writing samples, and three professional references to Please write “Project Manager” in the subject line. Resumes will be accepted until October 18, 2019.

Fairmount values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply and strive to create an environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.


Position Overview

The Research Assistant provides research support that informs the recommendations Fairmount’s consulting teams develop for clients. The types of research span: socio-economic data that will help inform program design; funder grant awards and amounts to help vet opportunities and set strategies; competitor organization review to help determine an organization’s distinguishing features and to set benchmarks; best practice research to support planning; wealth capacity and philanthropic giving history research to shape door strategies; etc. The research is internet-based, using a combination of publicly available information and the subscription-based resources Fairmount uses to shape client strategies. Research supports strategic plans, business plans, capital campaign feasibility studies, resource development plans, public sector funding applications, corporate sponsorship packages, foundation grant proposals, and individual donor strategies.

The Research Assistant will report to a member of Fairmount’s management team, with whom s/he will set a mutually-agreeable schedule that enables a graduate student to work part-time while pursuing a degree and assures Fairmount reliable research support on a predictable schedule.


  • Enrolled in a Masters or PhD program
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Facility and comfort with quantitative data and information
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Time Commitment    

10 hours per week or 40 hours per month


$20 per hour

Start Date


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Please write “Research Assistant” in the subject line.