POSITION TITLE: Grants Manager-Conservancy Programs
REPORTS TO: Director of Development
PRIMARY FUNCTION: Draft funding proposals in support of Brandywine Conservancy programs and initiatives. Additionally, this position will assist the Conservancy in building a more engaged network of donors and in increasing the overall grants portfolio.
POSITION RELATIONSHIPS: The Grants Manager-Conservancy Programs will work closely with the Chairman of the Board, Executive Director, Conservancy Director, and Director of Development; as well as members of the Development and Conservancy staff and other staff members throughout the organization.
1. Raise significant funds on an annual basis by securing
grants from individuals, institutional foundations and government entities.
2. Serve as initial author and project manager for all Letters of Inquiry, grant proposals, and project reports; including tracking deadlines, budget creation and information gathering.
3. In collaboration with the Director of Development and Conservancy staff ensure that the organization meets all grant deliverables and budgeted matching requirements.
4. Conduct prospect research on foundations and government entities to evaluate prospective grants and initiate personal contact with potential funders, including cultivation of new grant prospects and stewardship of existing donors.
5. Using Altru, maintain up-to-date records of organizational information by funder, including funding history, grant requirements, key contacts and recent activity.
6. In concert with the Director of Development, prepare an annual fundraising plan, funding forecast and monthly reports of gift and grant activity. Ensure grant revenue tracks positively against the operating budget and program goals.
7. Assist the Director of Development and Conservancy Director with special events, strategic planning, and other responsibilities as needed/assigned.
8. Build and sustain working relationships with local, regional and national funders and key conservation partner organizations to advance the Conservancy’s fundraising priorities.
1. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to write, proofread and edit proposals, reports and related correspondence
2. Strong project management and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail
3. Strong time management skills and ability to work on
several deadline driven projects at once
4. Demonstrated ability to track, analyze and synthesize data and complex information from a wide variety of sources, and present the resulting information in a clear summary
5. Ability to influence and motivate others and comfort working both independently and as part of a project team
6. Strong knowledge of environmental issues and current/potential funders with a proven track record of securing financial support at significant levels
7. Comfort with developing budgets, financial statements and statistical reports
8. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
9. Reliable transportation to and from the workplace
10. Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed
11. Bachelor’s degree require, master’s degree preferred, with five to seven years’ experience in researching, creating, developing and writing fundraising proposals for foundations and government entities
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:
Please include the subject line Grants Manager and submit materials by Monday, October 31, 2016.