Institutional Partnerships Coordinator
American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture's most pressing needs and opportunities.
We believe diversity drives innovation. We are inclusive. We embrace differences. We recognize and respect the fundamental value and dignity of all our employees. We celebrate the unique traditions, heritages, and experiences our employees bring to the workplace. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, expression or identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we have facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
The Coordinator, Institutional Partnerships reports to the Director of Institutional Partnerships and works with program colleagues and the Institutional Partnerships team to raise financial support from Foundation and Government sources for AFTs national and regional/field programs. The position is based in Washington, DC at AFT's national office but during COVID-19 will be conducted remotely. For more information go to: www.farmland.org.
What You'll Be Working On
The successful candidate will assist in:
- Conducting web-based research and analysis (including using prospect research methodologies) that identify relevant funding opportunities across a spectrum of appropriate Institutional prospects (from foundation and government sources), developing summaries of opportunities for both government and foundation grants, and presenting that information to program staff
- In a timely way apprising appropriate colleagues of funding opportunities, their deadlines, and salient factors that need to be considered;
- Editing, copyediting, and over time writing proposals and funder reports, working together with program staff to ensure high-quality work products while strictly adhering to funder guidelines, proposal and reporting requirements, and deadlines;
- Providing technical and administrative support with all aspects of grant proposals and reporting processes and submissions including tracking proposal, reporting, and submittal deadlines, filling out government grant forms, and submitting the documents, mostly through on-line portals;
- Reviewing budget submittals for accuracy and over time assisting in the development of budgets for proposals;
- Communicating grant award information to program and finance staff; this includes providing topical and budget summaries and relevant deadlines and responding to other requests as needed by the Finance Department;
- Inputting, managing, tracking and disseminating information using a database (experience with Raiser's Edge preferred), Microsoft Office, excel sheet moves management, and on-line application and reporting systems, while maintaining confidentiality and discretion;
- Prioritizing, managing, and meeting multiple, competing, and tight deadlines with excellent time-management and organizational skills, calm, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to work as needed to meet these deadlines;
- Contributing to special projects on an as-needed basis;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Annual evaluations will be based on achievement of specific performance benchmarks.
- Demonstrated team player with a commitment to the mission, philosophy, and value to AFT and interest in some aspect of agriculture or related environment fields.
- Demonstrated experience in securing grants/contracts from foundations, and State and/or Federal Government sources and associated reporting.
- Technical proficiency using Raiser's Edge, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel - both entry and analysis, conducting web-based prospect research, and fulfilling the administrative tasks associated with grants management.
- High level of organization, creativity, initiative, strategic thinking and attention to detail with a strong ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines.
- Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, communications skills required, with experience in copyediting.
- Demonstrated adeptness to think creatively and strategically and to work both independently and collaboratively with others.
- Knowledge of project budgets and the ability to review/proof budget information, as well as compare numbers to work in the proposal narrative.
Education & Experience
- Bachelor's degree in a related field.
- Prefer at least two years of experience.
Why you should apply
- Be a part of a purpose-driven, committed, knowledgeable, high-performing, experienced and fun team
- A diverse and inclusive work environment
- A cause and mission you can be proud of
- Competitive compensation & Benefits
- Remote work opportunities
- Flexible scheduling
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