Seeks, secures, and stewards funding from foundation and corporate donors by writing proposals and grants, managing proposal and reporting projects, and supporting cultivation and stewardship of existing and new relationships with foundation and corporate donors.
Essential Job Duties
Serve as a lead or supporting writer on grant proposals and reports for donors to support ongoing and new programs.
Create stewardship plans and manage the proposal/reporting cycle.
Manage multiple development projects, including the development of concept papers, prospect profiles and moves management strategies and systems.
Support cultivation and stewardship of existing and new relationships with donors by identifying appropriate touchpoints and engagement strategies, drafting correspondence with donors, and developing meeting prep sheets and follow-up materials.
Schedule and participate in cross-divisional meetings to build a knowledge base for writing proposals, reports, meeting prep sheets, e-mails and concept papers for projects and funders.
Collaborate with finance and program staff to develop and manage budgets and budget narratives for grant proposals and reports.
Conduct research to identify new prospects and support the development and management of prospect cultivation strategies.
Oversee the maintenance of calendars, timelines, grants information and electronic and hard copy files of correspondence; enter, update and maintain donor and prospective donor information in the Development database and other electronic records.
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, Journalism, Social Science or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Two or more years of experience in proposal writing, foundation and government relations, grant reporting and budget development or similar industries.
Two 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.
Advanced grant writing and editing skills.
Highly self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and be extremely detail-oriented.
Advanced project management skills to balance multiple large-scale projects and deadlines simultaneously.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills with senior level internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to work independently and as a team member in a very fast-paced work environment.
Experience working across departments as well as with staff at a variety of levels to meet objectives and broader organizational needs.
Knowledge of the Illinois and national philanthropic community.
Able to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products and fundraising databases (Salesforce preferred); ability to learn and master other computer technology/software programs as needed. Basic understanding of HTML is preferred.
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 10 lbs. in weight.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.