Senior Manager, Institutional Grants
The Sr. Manager, Institutional Grants (SM) will be the primary driver of grant writing and reporting activities for Liberty Hill Foundation (LHF). Reporting to the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships (VP), this entrepreneurial “go getter” will manage LHF’s extensive portfolio of institutional funders in close collaboration with our Programs, Advancement, and Executive Teams. The successful incumbent will possess a passion for social justice, and an eagerness to be part of a dynamic and high performing team preparing for this next phase of significant organizational growth
Responsibilities and Essential Functions
Identifies and cultivates funding prospects as well as solicits institutional funding via grant applications. Provides stewardship of funders, and performs reporting and recordkeeping functions, as well as coordinates moves management activities with Foundation staff and solicitors. Additionally, this role engages with a broader team of internal stakeholders to apply for and track government grants and contracts. Coordinates and manages contracted grant writers when necessary.
- Conducts research on prospective institutional funders, monitors overall funder trends and follows up on leads.
- Cultivates prospective institutional funders through letters of inquiry and phone calls.
- Conducts application research to prepare targeted approaches and estimate time allocation.
- Develops funding concepts by interacting with program staff, publications, and experts in the field.
- Writes grant proposals, assembles attachments and then manages the process of applying for funding.
- Assists in the development of program plans and proposal budgets related to applications.
- Stewards institutional funders including writing/editing grant reports, drafting thank you letters and supporting materials.
- Tracks cultivation progress, solicitations and stewardship activities in Raiser’s Edge.
- Coordinates ongoing distribution of news articles and other materials to funders.
- Meets with program officers and other foundation funder representatives as needed along with CEO, VP, other executives, and/or appropriate Liberty Hill program staff.
- Informs and coordinates with Liberty Hill staff about grant work plans, commitments and timelines.
- Manages internal planning and budget development for Foundation fundraising.
- Maintains hard copy and electronic grants management files.
- Maintains grant and report submission calendar with appropriate lead times.
- Produces reports for Foundation staff on grant-funded activities.
- Provides institutional funder-related information in Raiser’s and Financial Edge for integration with Accounting and Development departments.
- Los Angeles County nonprofit, philanthropic and social justice communities, including the notable large institutional funders.
- Government grants, contracts, and public private partnerships.
- Business writing principles incorporating proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.
- Research practices and principles including conventional and Internet research.
- Windows operating system and MS Office software including Word and Excel. Ability to operate Internet applications and email as well as external vendors’ and proprietary software programs.
- Compelling and persuasive written and verbal communication
- Detail oriented editing and proofreading
- Managing multiple complex deadlines, internal and external; managing internal/external stakeholders at all levels
- Working with sensitive and at times confidential information and budgets
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English or Journalism from an accredited college or university is preferred (or equivalent combination of education, training and experience).
- Three to five years’ experience in grant writing and foundation/corporate relations.
- Has personal lived experience that directly relates to the role and responsibility of the position
- Is familiar with the concept of systemic oppression in America
- Is familiar with social and racial justice
- Manual dexterity for operating a computer keyboard, printer, facsimile machine, photocopier, calculator and/or ten-key adding machine.
- Ability to sit at a desk or conference table for extended periods of time within an office environment.
- Ability to lift up to 15 pounds.
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