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Director Of Grants and Philanthropy - City of Pontiac, Michigan

City of Pontiac
Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Jun 1, 2024

The City of Pontiac, MI (pop. 60,984) – Located in Oakland County, Michigan at the crossroads of Woodward Ave., M-59 and Telegraph Road, a short distance from Detroit and Flint, Pontiac is the Heart of Oakland County! The first settlers arrived in what is now the City of Pontiac in 1818 at the crossroads of the Saginaw Indian Trail (now Woodward/Dixie Highway) and the Clinton River. Pontiac offers affordable housing, easy access to major roads, fine dining and entertainment, and outdoor events.  

Reporting directly to the Mayor/Deputy Mayor, the Director of Grants and Philanthropy is responsible for the direction and management of the Department of Grants and Philanthropy. The Department’s goal is to compete nationally for, and support the implementation of, public and private investments that enhance the quality of life for Pontiac residents. The Director will work to align the City of Pontiac's fund development with grant management support for City departments, including project planning assistance and oversight of expenditures. The Department facilitates fundraising, grant-writing, compliance, provides oversight and project management support for City departments with active grants in both the pre and post award phase.  The Director will also manage the operation of the City’s grantsmanship in instances where the City is the grantor or the grantee.

In recent years the City of Pontiac has been very successful in attracting grants, direct State/Federal appropriations, and philanthropic funding, with awards of approximately $70 million.  The Department of Grants and Philanthropy includes seven staff members who directly manage all aspects of the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, approximately $3 million annually, and assist with oversite, compliance, and management in partnership with other City departments, of about $20 million per year.

The Department is highly entrepreneurial and has the opportunity to work with nearly every aspect of local government, internally and externally.  Exciting current projects include:

  • Management of a $23 million in grant funding to extend the Clinton River Trail;
  • Actively engage with the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to invigorate the city’s extensive parks system; and
  • Proactively manage fundraising for a youth recreation facility

Minimum Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in public administration, political science, or related field of study. 
  • 5 Years of experience in leadership of public and/or private development or fundraising work, preferably with private foundations, individual donors, major gifts, and/or local, state and federal government agencies.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Thorough knowledge of private, federal, state, regional and local grant policies, and processes.
  • Excellent knowledge of administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development, and implementation.
  • Thorough knowledge of quality management and process improvement principles.
  • Strong skills in Project Management and making effective written, slide deck, and oral presentations.
  • Understanding of Federal and State legislative process and policy, with a keen eye for changing policy landscapes and upcoming policy changes.
  • Skill in analyzing opportunities and developing proposals to capitalize.
  • Strong skills in coordinating diverse teams of stakeholders.
  • Skill in business and nonprofit strategy and negotiations.
  • Strong ability to manage statistical methods and research techniques applicable to the measurement of effective grant / program evaluation.
  • Strong ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and organize information.

Ability to:

  • Ability to plan, organize, and participate in a wide variety of projects and community activities.
  • Establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, officials, professional contacts, and the public. Provide excellent leadership and management of employees.
  • Attend meetings scheduled at times other than normal business hours.

The wage range for the position is $132,000 +/- (DOQE), with excellent benefits.  For exceptionally well qualified candidates the City will consider a highly competitive salary.

Applications must be submitted to with a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, Tel: 847-380-3240 ext. 126.  Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application, with preliminary reviews to be completed by June 6, 2024.  Pontiac is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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