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Grants Manager

Employer
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 20, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Grant Seeking
Fields
For-Profit Companies
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

      *Please be sure to provide a cover letter with your resume*   Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Grants Manager is a mission-driven professional with development experience to help drive our fundraising activities with corporations, foundations, government agencies and other philanthropic institutions. As the lead writer on proposals and reports to major donors, the Grants Manager will play an essential role in the organization’s ability to generate general operating, capital, and programmatic support. This individual will serve as a positive ambassador with funders and other community partners. As an integral position within the Development Department, this individual will partner with internal stakeholder on the planning and development of proposals, reports and all associated stewardship activities. A hybrid position, the Grants Manager would be required to visit program sites to keep up-to-date on program activities, build relationships with program staff, and conduct site visits with funders.   Major Responsibilities and Key Tasks   Grant Writing
  • Collaborate with program and development staff to create compelling grant proposals and funding requests, taking lead on larger grant opportunities.
  • Create and optimize the grant writing, administration and management processes in partnership with the SDD and cross-functional stakeholders. Processes include working with organizational teams to create workflows, and a matrix of responsibilities that support the whole grant cycle.
  • Write and assemble most or all sections of each grant proposal, with key input from program directors and other staff, and delegate writing tasks to the Grant Writing Specialist, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with relevant staff in order to solicit timely and appropriate input/review of grant proposals prior to submission deadlines.
  • Review guidelines for all foundation proposals and reports to make sure all submissions are accurately formatted and include all required information, including budgets and supplemental materials.
Grants Management
  • In partnership with the SDD and Grant Writing Specialist, manage the grant proposal calendar. Maintain current pipeline to reflect all grant activity.
  • Track donor reporting needs, deadlines, and action items.
  •  Complete impact reports to our major foundation and corporate donors by working with the Programs and Impact team to track outcomes and collect impact stories, and working with Fiscal Services for financial reporting requirements.
  • Manage donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategy for grants. Track current grant cycles and renewal processes and ensure stewardship to support continued funding.
  • Prepare senior leadership and CEO as required for donor visits, meetings, and check-in meetings with foundations and corporations, public and private.
  • Prepare reports as needed for CEO, Development Committee and Board of Directors.
Prospect Research
  • Conduct targeted research to identify new institutional funders and help grow the existing portfolio of funders to ensure that Carole Robertson Center maintains a diverse portfolio of funders.
Data Integrity
  • Partner with the Associate Director of Development and Development Specialist, to manage the Raiser’s Edge NXT development database and work to ensure that data is up-to-date and accurate.
  • Maintain records of all corporate/foundation interactions (e.g., grant agreements, report requirements or documentation of calls and meetings).
  • Design and manage ongoing development of the system to meet the needs of the development department, with a particular focus on grant information and grant funders
  • Develop and implement training on grant management procedures in Raiser’s Edge NXT and other necessary training for new development staff.
Other
  • Supervise and guide the work of the Grant Writing Specialist.
  • Support general fundraising activities, as needed, including support of the Center’s annual celebrations and other major activities of the department.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Competencies
  • Values- ability to demonstrate in word and action the Center's core values and deep commitment to the mission, vision, priorities and needs of the organization and the diverse communities it serves.
  • Inclusion - values all people for their unique talents and perspectives and promotes practices that promote and provide equal access to opportunities and resources that enable employees to contribute fully to the organization's success.
  • Relationships- ability to build authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performances to support the Center's work.
  • Change Capacity - leads self and others by demonstrating the ability to pivot and respond to unpredictable, disruptive, and ambiguous situations. Develop processes, tools and techniques used to advance desired organizational outcomes and manage change effectively.
  • Results-Proven Track Record - demonstrable ability to exceed goals with a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experiences, and judgment; high level of business acumen including successful P&L management, and creative resourcefulness.
  • Strategic Vision and Agility - ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.
  • Innovation- ability to form ideas that are new and enhanced, while introducing constructive ways of looking at problems that foster creativity interdisciplinary/cross-functional work.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • At least five years of grant writing and development experience in nonprofit organization
  • At least two years of supervision experience
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill
  • Experience with budgeting and budget development; basic financial management skills
  • Team player with exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to take initiative in all situations; ability to function effectively in a fast- paced, entrepreneurial and inclusive environment
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Advanced computer skills; database and/or Raiser’s Edge NXT CRM experience strongly desired
  • Ability to work well independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team; work well with diverse styles and personalities
  • Strong commitment to supporting young children, youth, and to advancing social justice
  Carole Robertson Center for Learning 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 characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws.   The policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.   Fostering a safe environment for the children, families, and communities we serve, and our employees is of the utmost importance. In this spirit, please note that upon accepting an offer of employment., you will be required to share proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status. To be considered fully vaccinated, it must be at least two weeks since you received the second dose of the Pzifer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or the only dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID19 vaccine. Accommodation requests will be considered in compliance with applicable laws.

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