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 focuses on complex partnerships and innovative program, policy and research solutions to ensure every child is ready for kindergarten and beyond.
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. Inform appropriate staff of grant requirements and reporting deadlines.
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. Conduct research to support the development and management of prospect cultivation strategies.
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.
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.
Manage multiple development projects, including the development of concept papers, prospect profiles and moves management strategies and systems.
PREFERRED Knowledge, Experience, and Education
What is the preferred level of knowledge (theories, principle, concepts, etc.) and skills that are necessary to competently perform the job (include formal education or equivalent, type and years of prior work experience and other qualifications as appropriate.
Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, Journalism or related field.
Minimum two (2) years in non-profit fundraising with experience in proposal writing, foundation and government relations, grant reporting and budget development or similar industries.
Special Training or Competency:
Advanced grant writing and editing skills with exceptional attention to detail.
Advanced project management skills to balance multiple large-scale projects and deadlines simultaneously
Compute literate – Microsoft Word and Excel.
Internal Number: 3129810926
About Ounce of Prevention Fund
Here’s what we do:
We serve more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs we fund and operate in Chicago as well as through our network of voluntary home visiting programs throughout Illinois.
We integrate the latest research and best theories into our program development efforts.
We train nearly 3,000 community-based early childhood professionals in Illinois each year.
We advocate for state and federal funding for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
We partner with advocacy organizations in 23 states and Washington, DC, to build their capacity to advance policy change and increase public investments in effective birth-to-five programs.
We communicate through publications and other resources to ensure that what we know is translated into understanding that leads to action—in homes, schools, board rooms, and on Capitol Hill.
We design and develop models, curricula, education materials and other programs that help prevent the academic achievement gap and the social problems it can create, including school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and chronic health conditions.