Outward Bound is an international educational movement dedicated to the belief that people are capable of far more than they know. Founded in 1992, the mission of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) is to change lives through challenge and discovery. POBS serves PA, NJ and northern DE, and is one of 10 regional Outward Bound USA schools.

A robust non-profit educational organization, POBS engages more than 8,000 participants (youth and adults) annually in experiential educational programs that nurture the development of social-emotional skills, and inspire leadership and community service. Most of POBS’s students attend public schools in the city of Philadelphia.


The Institutional Giving Manager supports the Development Director and Executive Director in reaching annual fundraising goals and fulfilling the mission of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School through grantwriting and corporate, foundation, and government relations. This position is part of a team of three tasked with meeting the organization’s fundraising goals.


Institutional Fundraising:

  • Implement a strategic approach to fundraising from institutional sources, including foundations, corporations, and government entities.
  • In consultation with the Director of Development and program staff, write all POBS grant applications and reports.
  • Maintain calendar and meet all deadlines.
  • Working with the Director of Finance and Administration, create standard annual budget documents for external audiences for both general operations and specific POBS programs.
  • Perform regular research on institutional funders, highlighting those with a possible alignment with POBS.
  • Ensure that physical and digital grant records are kept in accordance with best practices and POBS policies; use POBS’s Salesforce-based CRM platform to track performance and contacts with funders.
  • Maintain an active working knowledge of research and thought leaders connected to the fields of outdoor experiential education, environmental/watershed education, and social-emotional learning. Use articles, studies, and research papers in grantwriting and other foundation relations activities.
  • Oversee POBS’s annual application for the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program with the DCED; seek out and submit EITC requests to current and prospective corporate donors..
  • Produce monthly reports on progress toward institutional funding goals to the Development Crew of the board of trustees

Special Events:

  • Assist with the planning small and large-scale annual fundraising events, including but not limited to house parties, gala dinners, and peer-to-peer fundraising events; integrate events into institutional relations strategy.
  • Identify and promote benefits to engage current and prospective corporate donors as event sponsors.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As a member of the Development team, assist with all fundraising activities, including individual and special event giving strategies.
  • With Special Programs Manager, promote other POBS opportunities, including volunteer days and Outward Bound Professional programs, to corporate donors to increase their engagement.


  • Passionate about POBS’ mission.
  • Strong writing skills with a creative approach to making the case for nonprofit support.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail, with a history of managing multiple project timelines at once.
  • Ability to self-direct and manage projects with specific goals, measurable outcomes, and deadlines, from start to finish.
  • Strong technology skills. Confident in Microsoft Office and Google softwares, and database management.
  • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Able to bring together multiple stakeholders around a shared goal.
  • Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow through and commitment.
  • Thoughtful and discrete in handling confidential and sensitive information.


  • Demonstrated understanding of the motivations and decision-making processes of institutional donors.
  • Meeting facilitation skills.
  • Salesforce experience.


  • 2-5 years’ experience in fundraising or related field, including grantwriting experience


  • Starting salary for manager tier is $40,000; commensurate with experience.
  • This position is eligible for benefits including Medical, Dental, and Vision Plan, Paid Time Off and 401(k) retirement plan.
  • Opportunities for professional development


  • Please send a cover letter, resume, and two relevant writing samples to: [email protected], and make sure to address any professional or personal experience that is relevant to this position.
  • Screening will occur as applications are received. Only candidates invited for an interview should expect a response.


The Philadelphia Outward Bound School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.