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Public relations and fundraising managers need at least a bachelor’s degree, and some positions may require a master’s degree. Many years of related work experience are also necessary.Education
For public relations and fundraising management positions, a bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, English, fundraising, or journalism is generally required. However, some employers prefer a master’s degree, particularly in public relations, journalism, fundraising, or nonprofit management.
Courses in advertising, business administration, public affairs, public speaking, and creative and technical writing can be helpful.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Although not mandatory, public relations managers can get certified through the Public Relations Society of America. Candidates qualify based on years of experience and must pass an exam to become certified.
The International Association of Business Communicators offers a credential to demonstrate a level of knowledge and expertise.
The Certified Fund Raising Executive program, offered by CFRE International, is voluntary, but fundraisers who pursue certification demonstrate a level of professional competency to prospective employers. Candidates are required to have 5 years of work experience in fundraising and have 80 hours of continuing education through conference attendance and classroom instruction to qualify. Fundraisers must apply for renewal every 3 years to keep their certification valid.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Public relations and fundraising managers must have several years of experience in a related or entry-level position, such as a public relations specialist or fundraiser.
Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience, whereas directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Managers deal with the public regularly; therefore, they must be friendly enough to build rapport and receive cooperation from their media contacts and donors.
Leadership skills. Public relations and fundraising managers often lead large teams of specialists or fundraisers and must be able to guide their activities.
Organizational skills. Public relations and fundraising managers are often in charge of running several events at the same time, requiring superior organizational skills.
Problem-solving skills. Managers sometimes must explain how the company or client is handling sensitive issues. They must use good judgment in what they report and how they report it.
Speaking skills. Public relations and fundraising managers regularly speak on behalf of their organization. When doing so, they must be able to explain the organization’s position clearly.
Writing skills. Managers must be able to write well-organized and clear press releases and speeches. They must be able to grasp the key messages they want to get across and write them succinctly in order to keep the attention of busy readers or listeners.
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University of Phoenix12.1%
New York University9.1%
University of Washington6.1%
Georgia State University5.5%
George Washington University4.8%
Arizona State University4.8%
Michigan State University4.2%
University of Maryland - University College4.2%
University of Arizona4.2%
University of Maryland - College Park3.6%
San Diego State University3.6%
University of Pittsburgh -3.6%
Kennesaw State University3.6%
Hunter College of the City University of New York3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Grants Manager||Mount Sinai Medical Center||New York, NY||Nov 23, 2015||$86,772 -
|Senior Grant Manager||Conservation International||Arlington, VA||Nov 01, 2014||$80,500|
|Manager, Grants and Contracts for Africa||Save The Children Federation, Inc.||Washington, DC||Sep 18, 2015||$80,250|
|Budget and Financial Grants Manager||World Lung Foundation||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2009||$79,706 -
|SR. Grants Manager||Aids Healthcare Foundation||Oakland, CA||Mar 15, 2015||$72,000|
|Manager, Grant Writing & Reporting||Water.ORG||Kansas City, MO||Jun 01, 2010||$71,000|
|Grant Manager/Coordinator||International Civil Society Action Network||New York, NY||Dec 15, 2009||$69,121 -
|Restricted Funds and Grants Manager||The Global Hunger Project||New York, NY||Jan 04, 2016||$68,000|
|Grants Manager (External Affairs and Development)||Global Business Coalition On HIV/Aids, Tuberculosi||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2010||$68,000|
|Grants Manager, Tops Project||Save The Children Federation, Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 25, 2010||$68,000|
|Associate Grants Manager||Counterpart International, Inc.||Arlington, VA||Dec 13, 2013||$63,250|
|Grants Manager||Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research||Cambridge, MA||Jan 14, 2013||$63,000|
|Grant Manager||Aids Healthcare Foundation||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 04, 2013||$62,000|
|Grants Manager||Ashoka||Arlington, VA||Jun 28, 2012||$61,110|
|Grants and Evaluation Manager||South County Community Health Center Inc.||East Palo Alto, CA||Oct 29, 2012||$58,240 -
|Grants Manager A||Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||Dec 01, 2012||$55,000|
|Contracts and Grants Manager||Desert Aids Project||Palm Springs, CA||Feb 01, 2012||$54,641|
|Grant Manager||Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||Feb 15, 2011||$48,734|
|Grants Manager||Give To Colombia, Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Mar 06, 2011||$48,189|
|Grants Manager||GICE To Colombia, Inc.||Coral Gables, FL||Mar 06, 2011||$48,189|
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