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Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

How You’ll Contribute

The Advancement team identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards individuals, as well as foundation, government and corporate partners who invest in the Society to drive impact through science, technology, education, exploration, and storytelling. The team collaborates across the Society to build transformative and impact-driven strategic partnerships. The team also produces global events that deepen connections and leverage the Society’s power to convene, and directs robust annual, major and planned giving programs empowering the Society with a broad base of public support.

The Manager, Corporate Partnerships is a key member of the Institutional Partnerships Team and is responsible for cultivating, securing and managing corporate philanthropic partnerships to advance the Society’s priorities and goals. This Manager will have a strategic focus on corporate foundations and on building a Washington, DC-based corporate partnerships portfolio, develop and implement strategies to secure new support for the Society and shape partnerships for long-term growth. In addition, this position will support the Society’s efforts to build seven and eight figure corporate partnerships that align with the National Geographic Society’s strategic plan, NGNext, and its brand goals.

Reporting to the Sr. Director, Corporate Partnerships and located at the Society’s Base Camp in Washington, DC, the Manager will collaborate across the Advancement, Communications and Programs teams to implement successful corporate partnerships activities. The Manager will be a creative, solutions-oriented professional with demonstrated experience in fundraising to support a non-profit mission, strong communication skills, and a track record of implementing successful corporate partnerships to meet mutual business objectives.

Your Impact

Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead a dedicated corporate foundation engagement strategy, including monitoring industry trends, managing a private sector partner engagement plan, and working across Programs teams on proposal development in alignment with the Society’s priorities outlined in NGNext (25%)
  • Lead outreach and cultivation of a new select set of corporate partners as supported by the Sr. Director of Corporate Partnerships. (25%)
  • Support the VP and team in new corporate partnership development at all levels, including creating compelling pitch decks, case studies, proposals, and other partnership sales materials (25%)
  • Serve as the primary relationship manager of a portfolio of partners in assigned categories, managing accounts towards deeper engagement & strategic growth (20%)
  • Serve as a thought partner in developing creative and compelling partnership strategies across the Corporate team to engage, retain and grow the Society's corporate partners (5%)

What You’ll Bring

Educational Background

Bachelor’s degree preferred. 

Minimum Years of Experience  

5+ years of experience in corporate partnerships, fundraising, corporate social impact, communications, business development or related fields.

Necessary Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated success in securing and implementing corporate partnerships in a non-profit setting
  • Understanding of current trends in corporate philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, DEI and communications
  • Strong communication, proposal writing and presentation skills with a high degree of confidence in interacting with senior executives
  • Strong experience in developing compelling pitch decks and engagement materials


Desired Qualifications

  • A creative, solutions-oriented approach to building mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to collaborate effectively across multiple departments
  • Strong time management skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow through as demonstrated through effective project management experience
  • Experience fundraising for science, education, environmental conservation or cultural/historic preservation preferred
  • A dedication to the mission of the National Geographic Society


No direct reports.

Salary Information

National Geographic Society offers a competitive and holistic total rewards package. Our compensation structure and transparent pay philosophy are based on industry-specific market data for similar sized nonprofit organizations.

The salary range for this position is $92,000 - $107,000.

Pay offered to candidates will be based on several factors including but not limited to industry-based or other relevant work experience, education, skills, certifications, and training.

In addition, National Geographic Society offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, medical, dental, and vision insurance; engaging and comprehensive wellness program; 401(k) retirement savings plan with matching contributions after 6 months of employment; flexible paid time off benefits with up to 22 days of paid annual leave per calendar year (15 days for new hires in their first year, prorated based on the number of pay periods remaining in the year) and 10 days of sick leave; 12 paid holidays and a paid winter break between December 25 and 31; paid parental leave, adoption and surrogacy expense reimbursement, fertility benefits; learning and development opportunities; Lifestyle Spending Account; pet adoption assistance and insurance; pre-tax transportation benefits with a generous employer subsidy; employer-paid life insurance and disability benefit; and a variety of National Geographic discounts and perks.

Job Designation

Hybrid - At the Society, we believe in the advantages of coming together to build community, mentor and learn from colleagues, and connect more deeply with our mission. As a result, the majority of our staff are Hybrid. Our Hybrid category requires that staff work at Base Camp two days each week: every Tuesday and Wednesday. Hybrid staff are also always welcome to come in additional days each week if they prefer.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position. We are looking for someone with relevant skills and experience, not a checklist that exactly matches the job description. We want to help you grow and in return, you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization. 

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