Erie Neighborhood House, a progressive social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking a full-time Grants Manager. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Development, the Grants Manager’s basic function is to be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and congregational funders for Erie Neighborhood House (ENH). The Grants Manager will also assist on the prospecting and preparation of public grants on a case by case basis. Responsibilities include prospect research, grant proposals and funding reports, budget preparation, as well as other fundraising duties.
- Solicits, prepares, and submits grant proposals and reports with support of program staff for ENH.
- Assists the Assistant Director of Development in creating and implementing strategies to augment the organization’s corporate, foundation, government, and congregational donors.
- Assists Assistant Director of Development to develop relationships with prospective donors, including cultivation of immediate and long term prospects.
- Supports site visits with prospective and current institutional donors; provides support for government program audits.
- Works with program staff to determine funding needs and help match program needs, both current and future, with potential funding sources.
- Attends program meetings to support proposal development.
- Works with program directors and Database Administrator to collect and report on previous and current year’s outcomes and achievements.
- Participates in prospect research activities on a regular and ongoing basis to identify new corporate, foundation, congregation, and public funding opportunities.
- Ensures timely submission of grant proposals and reports.
- Works with the Finance team to prepare the timely delivery of financial reports and related financial documents.
- Ensures compliance with funder requirements, policies, and procedures through clear communication with appropriate program staff.
- Visits programs monthly to enhance programmatic knowledge and stay abreast of program needs and successes.
- Maintains electronic files of all grant research, program background data, proposal submissions, and funder communication using the organization’s database and other tracking vehicles.
- Maintains and updates calendar system to track grant deadlines, grant status, and communicates submissions, confirmations, and declines to program staff and administration.
- Routinely records submissions, declines, contact information, and funder communication in Neon CRM.
- Periodically supervises Development Interns, as necessary.
- Represents Erie House at agency and other events, as necessary or required; mandatory attendance at annual dinner and at least one other Development and Communications event.
- Other related duties as required or assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Education: Bachelor’s degree required.
- Minimum 2 years of experience in writing and securing grants required
- Experience in strategic fundraising with demonstrated success that includes letter of inquiry and proposal writing, budget preparation, and donor/prospect research.
- Ability to effectively supervise multiple projects and personnel involved in these projects in accordance with ENH objectives, policies, and procedures.
- Experience working with Neon CRM or other comparable fundraising donor databases.
- Knowledge of the best practices of grant preparation and administration, plus working knowledge of fundraising information sources.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; strong written and oral communication ability.
- Strong proofreading skills and attention to detail.
- Exceptional ability to organize people and resources.
- Ability to work gracefully under tight deadlines, details, and shifting priorities.
Erie Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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