The American Bar Foundation (ABF) seeks a full-time grants officer to add to its development staff.
This position is responsible for identifying, writing, preparing, and administering proposals for research grants, unrestricted operating revenue and restricted program/projects, and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all grant funded projects.
This position reports to the Director of Development, Communications, and Operations and can also expect to take direction from the Director of the Foundation. This position will work with other members of the development and communications departments and work closely with the finance team on budgets related to grant applications and compliance reporting. This position will also work effectively with The Director of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the program responsible for annual giving to the ABF. The successful candidate will be part of a development team that will increase and diversify the foundation’s funding portfolio.
This position is highly responsible and depends on maintaining confidentiality and discretion in all areas of foundation business.
Perform prospect research on foundations, federal agencies, and corporations to evaluate prospective funding opportunities
Collaborate with principal investigators, senior management, and external partners in building comprehensive grant applications
Provide guidance to principal investigators on how to best align funder requirements to each specific grant application
Develop customized budgets, in collaboration with finance team and principal investigators, which meet the specific objectives of the project and adhere to Foundation policies and application requirements
Review grant application components for grammar, typographical errors, consistency, and formatting in conformance with application requirements
Assemble and submit grant applications
Serve as primary liaison between principal investigators and funders for the management of pre-and post-award matters. Review and monitor compliance with contractual award terms, federal grant management regulations, and institutional policies and procedures
Comply with all grant reporting requirements as required by funders
Maintain current records in database and in paper files
Identify, track and analyze key metrics on grant activity and its impacts for internal and external reports
Maintain calendar of all grant-related activities
Assist in stewardship of current donors, working with Director of Development, Communications, and Operations and Director of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation to provide regular written updates to individual, corporate and foundation donors
Understand institutional history and programs
Knowledge and Skills:
Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive grant applications
Strong verbal communication skills and ability to interact with senior academics from multiple social science disciplines
Ability to quickly comprehend a wide range of issues at the intersection of law and society
Strong editing skills
Attention to detail
Ability to manage priorities and to meet deadlines
Knowledge of fundraising information sources
Experience with proposal writing
Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies
Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for prospect research.
Strong contributor in team environments
Entrepreneurial nature; creative thinker willing to work regularly with faculty in grant writing
Raisers’ Edge a plus
Minimum of two years’ experience with grant writing
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in law or social sciences (MA, JD, PhD) preferred
Previous experience with non-profit fundraising
Demonstrated success in grant proposal writing
Experience working in deadline-driven environments
Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
Able to monitor and help to meet revenue goals
Able to communicate clearly and effectively with academic scholars from a wide range of social science disciplines
Located in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent national research institute committed to empirical research on law, legal institutions and legal processes. The ABF offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous health, retirement and vacation.
To receive full consideration, send resume, cover letter and a list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls, please.
The ABF is firmly committed to providing equal employment opportunities. All decisions regarding the terms, privileges, and/or conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, classification, grading, recruitment, discharge, discipline, compensation, selection for training or apprenticeship, promotion, renewal of employment, tenure or terms, and benefits, will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, housing status, parental status, source of income, certain arrest or criminal history records, genetic information, protected activity (such as opposition to or reporting of prohibited discrimination or harassment), or any other status or classification protected by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. The ABF prohibits discrimination, retaliation, and harassment of individuals on any of the bases listed above and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and/or local law.
About American Bar Foundation
Located in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is a nonprofit, independent international research institute committed to empirical and interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The research program is conducted by a residential and external research faculty of leading scholars who are appointed full time at the ABF or jointly with Chicago-area universities. The research program is supported by an annual grant from the American Bar Endowment, contributions from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and other supporters, and grants for specific projects from government agencies and private foundations. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of practicing lawyers, judges, and law professors whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession.