Seeks, secures, and stewards funding from foundation donors by writing proposals and grants, managing proposal and reporting projects, and supporting cultivation and stewardship of existing and new relationships with foundation donors. Grant portfolio is focused on supporting the Ounce’s public policy and advocacy efforts at the national, state and local levels to ensure every child is ready for kindergarten and beyond.
Essential Job Duties:
Serve as a lead or supporting writer on grant proposals and reports for donors to support ongoing and new programs with a focus on the Ounce’s policy and advocacy work. 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.
Inform appropriate staff of grant requirements and reporting deadlines.
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 three 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 with exceptional attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas into clear and compelling messages for a variety of audiences.
Highly self-motivated with the ability to take initiative.
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.
Ability to think strategically and analytically that includes the ability to see the big picture while managing details.
Knowledge of the Illinois and national philanthropic community.
nowledge of early childhood development and education, with the desire and ability to learn about issues relevant to infants, children and families, including federal and state government programs and systems, and related policy issues and systems building.
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.