Reports to: Chief Development Officer, Vice President
Full-Time, On-Site, Exempt Position
The Grants Manager’s primary responsibilities are to secure funding from foundations and corporations to support Hadley’s programs and Campaign initiatives, and effectively communicate Hadley’s work and ideas to various audiences in a way that honors donors and builds relationships.
Hadley is currently in the early stages of a major gift campaign, the purpose of which is to provide funding for the transformational change that the organization is currently undergoing. In the coming decades, due to the aging Baby Boomers and the fact that people are living longer, there will be a tremendous increase in the number of older adults who are living with vision loss. We are reimagining the organization and positioning it to be the go-to place for these older adults to learn how to navigate their new normal and thrive in work and activities that are meaningful to them.
Seek funding for Hadley's programs from private foundations, corporations, and other sources by researching and devising approaches, including calls and visits with prospective funders.
Work with program staff to gather information sufficient to draft persuasive letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports and ensure timely submission to funders; manage grants-related administrative tasks, recordkeeping and correspondence.
Maintain current data on and keep abreast of Hadley’s work as background information for proposals and reports, and regular research of funding opportunities.
Maintain a tracking system to monitor the status of grant proposals and reports, including deadlines, proactive submissions, responses, renewals and reporting requirements.
Other writing responsibilities on an as needed basis:
Produce and edit original content for donor newsletters.
Participate in editorial and other planning meetings.
Craft interview questions, and interview subjects for stories.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Three to five years’ experience writing (non-governmental) grant proposals for nonprofit organizations.
Exceptional writing skills. Exceptional command of English language, grammar, and style. Ability to write strategically, persuasively, and quickly.
Ability to clearly articulate complex information and funding priorities.
Demonstrated flexibility with writing styles and ability to quickly assimilate institutional knowledge.
In addition to excellent writing skills, excellent editing and proofreading skills required.
Highly attentive to detail with excellent project management skills.
Ability to establish and meet production schedules and writing deadlines.
Work effectively in a small shop that is team-oriented and collaborative; build positive, productive relationships with volunteers, donors, and staff.
Proven ability to set priorities, manage multiple assignments, and meet deadlines and fundraising goals.
Experience with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel required.
Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Foundation Center databases desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Health and Dental Benefits
Generous Paid Time Off
About Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The mission of Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower people to thrive – at home, at work and in their communities.
Hadley is an inclusive, innovative organization located one block from the Metra.