Literations envisions a day when all students, regardless of zip code, enter the fifth grade as proficient readers poised for academic success. Our mission is driving educational equity through experienced community volunteers empowering young readers for lifelong learning. We serve communities where opportunity gaps exist to ensure all students have the resources to become literacy proficient. Our highly-effective programming annually helps over 400 children improve their literacy skills to help them succeed in school and beyond. Literations is an affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a national leader in engaging older adult tutors to improve 1-4 student literacy.

General Statement of Position:

The Institutional Relations Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with the Development Operations Manager to ensure the successful implementation and execution of the development plan.  The successful candidate will focus on developing the organization’s foundation and government relations and will play an important role in promoting and supporting Literations’ next strategic phase of growing organizational capacity while continuing to expand.

Successful candidates should be familiar with sustaining institutional relationships and have experience in developing grant proposals and grants management. Literations is poised for growth and expansion in our next strategic phase and interested candidates will be excited for the opportunity to be a part of growing the organization’s institutional fundraising efforts and deepening our existing partnerships.

This position can be mostly remote but interested applicants should anticipate providing on-site support for any and all development events, and Literations is searching for candidates located in eastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.


  • With Executive Director and Development Operations Manager, establish annual fundraising goals for institutional revenue, based on organizational plans and fundraising landscape, and regularly assess performance toward these goals
  • Develop, write, and submit timely proposals, budgets, and reports with full cooperation of program and finance staf
  • Proactively identify and research new foundation and corporate grant opportunities
  • Develop a strong case for support, with the Executive Director, to be used in all proposals
  • Work closely with the Associate Director of Finance and the Director of HR and Operations around federal grant processes
  • Maintain the SalesForce database for institutional relations
  • Submit all institutional reporting in a timely manner and monitor any further communication
  • Manage grants calendar, including regular updates to performance monitoring tools
  • Prepare and execute site visits for institutional donors
  • Maintain a proactive approach to understanding literacy program goals and outputs
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned


  • Demonstrated strong and persuasive writing skills
  • 3-5 years of institutional fundraising experience, preferred
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills and attention to detail
  • Work well with a diverse group of community partners, volunteers, and staff
  • Creative thinking and ability to take initiative
  • Strong technical skills, experience in SalesForce or similar CRM platform a plus
  • Goal oriented
  • Adaptable and flexible in a fast-paced environment

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time (approximately 40 hours per week) position with a starting salary range of $63,000 – $67,000. Benefits include health, dental, vision, and long-term disability (with employer contribution), access to a 403b retirement plan, hybrid work schedule,  generous personal time and supportive working environment.

You can learn more about Literations at www.literations.org.

To apply, send a current resume and cover letter (what experience do you bring?) electronically to employment@literations.org. Please send documents as .doc (or other editable format) files and not .pdf. Identifying factors are removed from applications to limit implicit bias in our hiring process. No phone calls please.

Literations is an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating and supporting a diverse work environment. Candidates of color, bi-/multilingual, bicultural, and LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to employment@literations.org

About Literations

Literations improves the literacy skills of young children through grade four by engaging professionally trained older adult volunteers as literacy coaches in our partner schools and after-school programs. We serve communities where opportunity gaps exist to ensure all students have the resources to become strong readers, develop confidence, and unleash their potential in the classroom and beyond. Our highly-effective programming annually serves hundreds of children in Eastern MA. Literations is an affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a national leader in engaging older adult tutors to improve 1-4 student literacy.