Little City is more than a place with a mission. It is a caring community filled with options, opportunities, hopes and dreams. We are looking for caring and compassionate individuals to join our team who want to make a difference each and every day. Bring your smiles and your heart to our children, adults, and seniors who are developmentally disabled. In return, yours will be filled with the joy that has enriched the lives of the individuals you are serving.
If you are looking for a rewarding career, we offer a variety of programs to help individuals with disabilities so they can live, work and succeed within our communities. Here is your opportunity to use your natural leadership skills and help us increase our positive impact on the lives of many wonderful people.
The Grants Manager will report to the Director of Foundation and Government Relations. He/she will research available grant opportunities and write proposals for funds that are typically provided for specified purposes. The Grants Manager will also ensure that funding is used in accordance with the grant requirements. Grant applications written will match grantors’ interests with Little City Foundation’s programming, operational and capital improvement needs by applying research, grant writing, and stewardship skills to all Little City program and facility priorities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The list of essential duties and responsibilities, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the task to be performed. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein is such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
Assumes leadership role while working collaboratively with Facilities team to secure funding for county, village and state CDBG/HUD and other government projects.
Evaluate funders’ guidelines and interests, analyzing relevant organizational needs with funders’ criteria and information. In partnership with program and facilities staff, make recommendations regarding pursuing opportunities.
Initiate, develop, and maintain relationships with funders as well as Little City program staff and board members to provide stewardship of grant funding, including but not limited to funder site visits. Actively engage and build strong partnerships with corporate and human services personnel and program officers.
In concert with Director of Foundation and Government Relations and other Little City staff, develop monthly, quarterly and annual strategic plans to secure funding, identifying prospective grant opportunities and resources. Write grant proposals unique to funders’ needs while maintaining files and other information (e.g., legal documents) common to all proposals.
Complete and submit grant proposals and reports to funders in a timely manner.
Maintain complete electronic and hard-copy files on all grants and supporting documentation, in Raiser’s Edge.
Research corporate, private, and competitive government grant opportunities using appropriate research databases and online search tools.
Provide support to Development Department during special events as needed.
Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director of Foundation and Government Relations.
Maintains American Heart Association certification in First Aid, CPR and successfully complete Little City required training.
Bachelor’s Degree in English, journalism, or liberal arts field required; Master’s Degree preferred. At least 10 years of successful experience in a grant professional capacity. Should also possess non-profit programming, partnership development and fundraising experience. Proven track record in corporate, private, family foundation and government fundraising including: research, prospect identification, proposal writing, grant/project management. Strong ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously as well as competing priorities, work independently and pay close attention to detail. Possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Provide leadership in working with program and facilities staff to develop program applications and government contracts. Position requires regular communication with private and government funders, serving as liaison between funders and Little City Foundation. Has knowledge, understanding and prior use of Raiser’s Edge.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to sitting for prolonged periods; frequently walks, stands, grasps, lifts, holds, or feels objects; occasionally stoops, kneels, crouches, or crawls. Extended use of computer and typing is required. The employee frequently is required to use manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination when working and handling office equipment. The employee is subject to assist and support up to 25 pounds with varying amounts of assistance on a reoccurring basis. The employee is required to have corrected vision and hearing within normal range and the ability to operate office equipment. No occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, communicable diseases or other potentially infectious substances (Category I). Typical office environment. The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.
Disclaimer: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Additional Salary Information: Salary based upon experience & education.
Internal Number: 61608
About Little City Foundation - Schaumburg
For more than 55 years, Little City has developed innovated and personalized programs to fully assist and empower children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a commitment to attaining a greater quality of life for hundreds of children and adults, Little City actively promotes choice, person-centered planning and a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Little City's Child-Bridge programs include a therapeutic day school, home-based supports, clinical and behavior intervention, 24/7 residential services, and a special needs foster care and adoption. Little City's Life Path Adult Services program offers a variety of residential options, employment opportunities, home-based supports, case management, day supports, Special Olympics, an award-winning Center for the Arts and more
The organization is located on a therapeutic, 56-acre campus in Palatine, and has offices in Schaumburg and Chicago.