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Since 2007, the Washington Nationals’ Dream Foundation (WNDF) has served as the Washington Nationals’ philanthropic arm, distributing more than $8 million in grants to local organizations. With the opening of its Youth Baseball Academy (“YBA” or “Academy”) in 2013, the team’s philanthropic impact extended to on-the-ground programming. 

Building off the success of these two entities and an expanded vision for maximizing impact, the Washington Nationals organization is developing an enterprise philanthropic organization, using the team’s brand as a platform to activate citizen-fans, businesses, foundations, and civic leaders to collectively bring about positive change. In the spirit of One Pursuit for a better Washington, this new enterprise will catalyze mass citizen participation – and just like a great baseball team, the whole of our collective effort will be greater than the sum of the individual parts. In so doing, we aim to become the best philanthropic organization in professional sports. 

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Development Associate – Grant Writing will be responsible for managing the solicitation, grant writing and stewardship process for foundation and corporation giving.  With a focus on Academy programming, the Associate will also be responsible for achieving fundraising goals and managing a pipeline of relevant grant opportunities.  The Associate is expected to work flexibly and spend time at both Nationals Park and the YBA.  As an integral part of the development team, the Associate will regularly interface with Academy Board Members, major donors, and VIPs, such as Nationals players, MLB or government officials.   


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Grant & Foundation Relations


  • Work collaboratively with internal team and fundraising consultants to research and identify strategic sources of public and private grant funding
  • Create grant proposals to obtain funds to sustain/advance current programming, and/or support special projects (including capacity-building)
  • Share regular progress updates with WNDF/YBA executive leadership, and/or foundation representatives through all grant phases: proposal design, development and implementation
  • Provide regular updates on proposal progress to Development Team at pipeline meetings
  • Assist in the preparation and/or monitoring of grant budgets; identify quarterly productivity and revenue goals; set, monitor and achieve targets
  • Ensure full compliance with awarded grants as required
  • Communicate with senior team to plan organizational funding strategies
  • Collaborate with program staff to ensure alignment on grant solicitation focused on programmatic needs
  • Manage grant proposals, agreements, and reports in appropriate database and systems
  • Effectively build and maintain relationships with funders, foundation trustees, staff & community leaders
  • Serve as the primary compliance liaison for all independent, state and federal grant audits
  • Maintains an active role in the fundraising community, keeping up-to-date with the latest funding trends and grantors’ priorities




This position requires a self-motivated person with personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the Academy’s mission.  Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends.  The preferred candidate will have a strong mixture of grant making experience and administrative excellence. Knowledge of the sport-based youth development landscape is preferred. Additionally:


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in nonprofit development, proposal development, or a related/comparable field
  • Commitment to achieving the articulated objectives of the WNDF, with a specific focus on Academy programming
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to manage complex, multifaceted projects
  • Ability to appropriately work with and around confidential information
  • Willingness to tackle any task with a solution-oriented approach to challenges
  • Assistance with (and presence at) other fundraising events/projects



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform essential functions


  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to track and meet deadlines, combined with flexibility to meet ad-hoc requests or respond to immediate opportunities when they arise
  • Excellent organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel required – experience with and PowerPoint, Budgeting software (Dynamic Budgets, Quickbooks, etc.) (preferred)
  • Knowledge and experience working across both grant-giving foundations and governmental entities (both local and federal), for a nonprofit or sport-based youth development organization
  • Experience researching, creating, analyzing, and summarizing information from a variety of sources
  • Knowledge and experience working with budgets or budgetary structures, conducting budget development based on narrative methodological research plans and designs, analysis, and forecasting to control complex budgets
  • Experience with Customer Relationship Management software (preferred)
  • A team player, used to working collaboratively or individually towards a common goal



Physical/Environmental Requirements


  • Working conditions are normal for an office environment
  • Work will require occasional weekend and/or evening work