Illinois Action for Children, a local, state and national leader in the early care and education sector for nearly 50 years, is seeking a seasoned philanthropic and government grant writer and project manager to join its Development team. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the experience and initiative to play an instrumental role in helping to grow the organizations funding portfolio.
Under the direction of the Director of Philanthropy, the Grants and Development Manager is responsible for writing and submitting multidisciplinary, and multi-collaborative grant proposals, ranging in size, scope and complexity, to a wide range of public and private external funding agencies and organizations, such as foundations, corporations, government, and other institutions. The Grants and Development Manager will support budget development, prepare grant and stewardship reports to corporate and foundation donors and manage the grants tracking process. This position will also engage in other development writing projects related to strengthening IAFCs fundraising capacity.
This position will have goals to produce a specific number of quality proposals in alignment with the organizations annual development plan. The Grants and Development Manager will collaborate with the Development team and will work closely with agency leadership and program directors to develop strongly positioned proposals for varied programs and projects that can be marketed effectively to corporations and foundations. All work is to be completed with standard supervision, confidentiality, integrity, and good judgment in accordance with organization standards.
This position may be eligible for telecommuting one day per week, specifically for a writing day, upon the completion of six months.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following:
1. Write high-quality, well-positioned funding proposals and project manage all aspects of the pre- and post-award proposal and report writing process (Letters of Inquiry, abstracts, concept papers, and acknowledgement letters and other funder required documents) including:
Prioritizing grant applications and collaborating with program leadership, staff and other subject matter experts to ensure alignment of funding opportunities with strategic priorities
Confirming program and staff capacity to meet funding criteria and deadlines
Supporting the development of project budgets and logic models
Supporting the writing and submission of state and federal grant proposals
Monitoring changes to grant submission portals and procedures and ensure ongoing compliance with supporter requirements.
2. Actively engage in ongoing prospect research that identifies funding opportunities that offer a favorable return on investment and advance strategic priorities
3. Provide effective coordination of activities for prospective and current funding organizations, including site visits and prospect/cultivation/stewardship meetings
4. Within initial 6 months, develop a strong knowledge and understanding of key staff and program and policy areas, and the protocols for effective communications and interactions within the organization
5. Partner with the Development team to develop multi-channel written content for Development campaigns and events to increase individual giving
6. Support the Development team in the execution of other fundraising related activities as needed.
REQUIRED EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
Bachelors degree required with at least 3 years of successful grant writing experience and proven ability to secure government and private funding
Demonstrated experience in writing persuasive, clear, concise, and visually attractive proposals/reports preferably in a nonprofit or educational setting, such as appeal writing, grant writing, technical writing, proofreading, editing, copywriting, or other equivalent written communication format
Experience successfully soliciting local, regional, and national foundations and a proven track record of securing new foundation grants
Able to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and funding goals, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities while maintaining a calm, professional work style
Demonstrated teamwork skills, team oriented, and able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives
Superior project management skills including the ability to coordinate overlapping projects and deadlines, and an excellent attention to detail
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS and COMPETENCIES:
Passion for Illinois Action for Childrens mission and vision
Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate a diverse, multi-functional organization
Experience managing a growing schedule of proposal writing and submissions
Thinks and visions innovatively about potential funding opportunities outside of traditional partnerships
Experience fostering an organization-wide culture of philanthropy
Finalists for this position will be required to provide a portfolio of written work and complete a brief writing assignment at the time of the interview
SALARY: $53,900 year/min. LOCATION: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL
Illinois Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.