This position cultivates, solicits and stewards private institutional prospects to support the advancement of UCAN’s mission. In addition to meeting fundraising revenue targets for corporations, foundations, and donor advised funds through best-in-class solicitation techniques, the incumbent will cultivate relationships with direct and indirect decision-makers to develop and sustain partnerships. This position will primarily focus on foundation and corporation opportunities but may include collaboration on opportunities for government support as well.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Timely submission, writing, editing, tracking, reporting and researching of proposals for private philanthropic opportunities (40%)
Creates compelling case material and presentations for current and potential community partners and private decision-makers. (20%)
Works closely with UCAN’s Finance team to ensure that annual budgeting, grant expenditures, and the unmet needs of UCAN are reflected in cultivation and stewardship activities and strategies (10%).
Develops effective grant objectives, budget justifications and evaluation techniques in concert with Quality Improvement, Finance and Program staff. (5%)
Engages with direct service programs to ensure a thorough knowledge of UCAN programs (5%)
Performs other related tasks as required or assigned
Cultivate relationships with direct and indirect decision-makers to develop and sustain partnerships. (20%)
Professionalism and Work Conduct
Behaves with integrity, demonstrates high ethical standards, and displays a positive image of UCAN.
Acts in a professional manner at all times and maintains appropriate boundaries with clients.
Demonstrates accountability for results and keeps commitments to others.
Reports to work, meetings, training, and job related activities prepared and as scheduled.
Demonstrates openness and respect for cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and coworkers.
Responds to clients and their families, UCAN staff, IDCFS, service providers and other stakeholders in a timely manner and ensures follow up to adequately address their need.
Performs other related tasks as required or assigned.
Special Knowledge and Qualifications:
Deep commitment to ethical practices and integrity.
Exceptional editing and proofreading skills.
Exceptional organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
Experience with fundraising and CRM software.
Commitment to advancing cultural diversity and inclusion inside and outside UCAN.
Solid understanding of key financial concepts and how to read financial documents.
Ability to consistently meet deadlines, often under pressure.
Flexible and independent approach to workload and scheduling.
Customer service focus and attitude
Ability to engage and interact with a wide variety of decision-makers, program and financial staff, and the persons served by UCAN.
Documented successful track record in grant writing, with objective evidence of having secured grant funding at the six/seven figure level.
Comprehensive knowledge of fundraising research practices and wealth screening techniques
Exceptional language skills and quantitative acumen.
Knowledge of fundraising and non-profit best practices.
Bachelor’s degree expected advanced degree in nonprofit management, business administration, social sciences or marketing fields desirable.
Internal Number: 19:ADM-014
UCAN builds strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Since the Civil War, UCAN has served the most vulnerable children, youth, and families, and has grown over 145 years into a premier social service agency serving over 10,000 individuals annually. UCAN programs address the impact of trauma: with a consistent presence, meaningful programs, and unrivaled organizational diversity and cultural competence. These trauma-informed programs include clinical and counseling services, support for pregnant or parenting teens, foster care placement, a therapeutic youth home, a therapeutic day school, transitional living programs, workforce development, youth leadership development, and violence prevention. At the heart of it all, UCAN’s vision is that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. UCAN is a consistent and compassionate presence in the lives of those who are most at risk. We start with the premise that communities with challenges possess strengths upon which they can build. From this premise evolves an approach to community support that fosters collaboration with existing neighborhood resources to strengthen communities,... one youth at a time. UCAN’s community efforts provide leadership development, supportive jobs for youth, individual healing, and mentoring. UCAN's founding is rooted in spirituality. In 1869, UCAN was founded by members of St. Pauls United Church of Christ (UCC) to provide a home for orphaned children of Civil War soldiers. The UCC and its predecessors have long advocated for social justice, including the struggle for the abolition of slavery and being the first to ordain African-Americans, women, and openly gay persons as clergy. Diversity is a core UCAN value, reflected in our staff, our minority-led Board of Directors, and our clients. It is vitally important that UCAN counteract the influence of discrimination on our communities, families and youth.