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Grants and Policy Manager - Our Piece of the Pie

Company: Our Piece of the Pie
Date Posted: May 2, 2018

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Position Title: Grants and Policy Manager
Reports To: Director, Development and Engagement
Department:  Development and Engagement
Supervises:  N/A
Employment Status:  Regular Full-Time
FLSA Classification:  Non-Exempt

Job Summary: The Grants and Policy Manager is a key member of OPP's Office of Development and Engagement. S/he researches and cultivates sources of funding; writes and stewards proposals for both operating revenue and restricted projects; and submits timely and accurate reports for all existing grant­ funded projects, from sources including foundations, corporations and the government (local, state and federal). This position also will work with the Director, Development and Engagement to develop a policy agenda for the organization, including issues management as well as developing a government relations strategy and building relationships with key decision-makers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gain in-depth understanding of institutional history, current programs and priorities, and future program direction.
  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, manage and steward grant proposals to government, foundation and corporate sources.
  • Manage Grants Calendar (key dates for cultivation, proposals, stewardship and reports).
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Research and identify government funding opportunities.
  • Work closely with program staff to match funding opportunities with organization needs, using institutional priorities set by Director, Development and Engagement as guide.
  • Manage cultivation and stewardship, including funder/potential funder site visits, regular mailings, etc.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate/government donors.
  • Work with Finance, Research & Organizational Performance and Programs staff to gather financial, outcome and other information necessary to report to funders on current grant programs.
  • Ensure maintenance of current records in fundraising database and in paper files, including contact management, grant tracking and reporting.
  • Support Director, Development and Engagement in identification of key policy issues and development of a policy agenda.
  • Develop policy "white papers" on key issues as directed.
  • Under the direction of the Director, Development and Engagement, track and develop strategies to address pending policy initiatives for key issues on federal, state and local level.
  • Support Director, Development and Engagement in development of strategy to build relationships with key influencers and policy makers at the federal, state and local level.
  • Assist with other department projects as requested.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents.
  • Ability to make effective persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to the Board and outside funders.
  • Strong contributor in team environments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; comfortable working with people at all organizational levels and able to adapt to diverse perspectives and styles

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of nonprofit grant writing/fundraising/resource development experience.
  • A demonstrated record of accomplishment in fund development and/or program management is highly desirable.
  • Policy/advocacy experience a plus.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet revenue goals.
  • Highly competent computer/processing skills.

Communication Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interprets common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents; Ability to respond to common inquires or complaints from staff, customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community; Ability to effectively present information to top management and/or board of directors.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Physical Demands: 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.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. Employee must on occasion lift/move up to 10 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Applicants can send materials to jobs@opp.org.  The deadline is May 31, 2018.