As the Grants Manager/Writer your primary role will be to translate what we do into concise and clear writing across all our writing needs. You will also work closely with the other members of the development team, and will serve an important role as the team information gatherer. This is a fun opportunity to be the “eyes and ears” of the programmatic and operational activities of the organization to find new opportunities that the team can sell to potential donors. We will depend on you to update the team regularly about these activities and help the team keep donors and funders apprised of organizational milestones and progress.
Main activities include:
- Learn about new innovations and milestones at Thorn and write about them for a variety of audiences.
- Write and manage the submission process for proposals, letters of inquiry, impact reports, correspondence, and other fundraising collateral materials
- Deeply understand programmatic activities and data and distill in clear, compelling language for funders with varied interests.
- Ensure grant and reporting deadlines are met and funders are regularly updated on activities and achievements; ensure all grant requirements are met
- Identify and research grant prospects including family foundations, large foundations, corporate giving, and government funders.
- Assist with creating individualized cultivation plans for funding prospects, as needed.
- Contribute to the creation of a long-term organization growth and sustainability plans that outline projected budgets, resources needed, strategies, and assumptions.
- Serve as data manager for fundraising, including interpreting organizational progress for fundraising purposes and managing grants and donor data.
What We’re Looking For:
The ideal candidate is a very strong writer with a background in resource development, grant writing, and grants management. The ideal candidate will also have a strong interest in Thorn’s mission, and the communication skills to be able to work effectively. An added benefit is someone who has worked at a technical organization or has an interest or background in technology.
- A solid understanding of philanthropy and fundraising practices, and experience with building strong development infrastructure.
- Minimum of five years related experience required, including writing complex written material, managing proposal submission processes, and grant compliance.
- Excellent written and editing skills. Comfortable with managing budgets, grant attachments, and grant proposal requirements
- Ability to participate in all aspects of the organization and synthesize and translate what you learn verbally and in writing.
- Ability to make decisions independently.
- Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships.
- Attention to detail and ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines
- Skilled in Google Docs, PPT, Salesforce (or similar donor database), and Slack. (Bonus if you have skills in InDesign, Adobe, etc.)
- Familiarity with foundations and grant-making institutions
- Familiarity with project management systems
Occasional evening, and weekend availability, for events required. Occasional overnight travel required.