Implements the institutional component of the Ounce’s strategic fundraising goals, including the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of foundation donors.
Essential Job Duties
Lead the development and submission of grant proposals and reports to foundation donors for general support of the agency and for ongoing and new Ounce programs and priorities, including the assembly of all proposal attachments and supporting materials.
Lead cross-divisional teams of program, research, policy and finance to obtain all necessary information on programs/initiatives for inclusion in concept papers, grant proposals and funder reports, and partner with leadership to strategically position the Ounce’s work with external funders.
Partner with Development colleagues and Ounce leadership to develop and execute an overall cultivation strategy, including establishing and maintaining funder relationships, ensuring deliverables are submitted on time according to donor deadlines, drafting correspondence, contributing meeting prep sheets and follow up, and maintaining grant, donor and prospective donor information in databases and other electronic records.
Collaborate with Development leadership, Finance staff and program staff to develop grant budgets, budget narratives and expenditure reports; proactively manage internal monitoring of project budgets to inform reports to funders.
Inform appropriate staff of funding regulations, grant requirements and reporting deadlines.
Support Development Team’s process for acknowledging grants received from institutional funders.
Conduct research to identify new prospects and support the development and management of prospect cultivation strategies.
Participate in the special projects, including government grant application development, to advance Ounce programs and priorities.
Perform other job-related duties as requested.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, Communications, Social Science, Education or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
At least three years of experience in proposal writing, foundation and government relations, grant reporting and budget development or similar industries, which should include:
Prior experience in developing and managing institutional grants.
Prior project management experience.
Knowledge of local and national foundation community.
Basic knowledge of early childhood development and education, with the desire and ability to learn about issues relevant to infants, children, and families.
Three to five years of experience with non-profit fundraising is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written materials while effectively meeting multiple, often concurrent deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas into clear and compelling messages for a variety of audiences.
Solid communication skills that allows effective communication with diverse groups of internal and external contacts.
Advanced project management skills, including:
Ability to work with individuals at varying levels of the organization, including proactively working with Development leadership to advance priorities and meet deadlines.
Ability to balance multiple large-scale projects and deadlines simultaneously.
Highly self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and be extremely detail-oriented.
Demonstrates respect and collaboration, including:
Ability to work and communicate with diverse staff and communities.
Ability to actively seek and accept constructive feedback from others.
Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced work place environment.
Exhibits utmost professionalism, including:
Ability to maintain a professional demeanor at all times, including with external correspondence.
Ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
Desire and ability to promote the Ounce’s mission, values and priorities.
Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products and fundraising databases (Salesforce preferred), with the ability to learn and master new technology and software programs as needed.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required to sit at a desk and focus on a computer screen for the majority of the day.
Frequently required to talk and listen to other individuals.
Must be able to use repetitive wrist, hand and finger movements to type regularly.
Must be able to lift objects up to 20 lbs. in weight.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.