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Grant Writer

Part Time Contract, 10 hours / week

Literacy Matters Foundation is in need of a strong grant writer to continue the mission of serving emerging readers in underserved populations. This position is responsible for the following activities:

  • Prepare grant proposals for foundations, corporations, and individual donors in draft and final form.
  • Work with development team members to identify and gather information on fundable projects.
  • Provide research for grant proposals and reports; this includes data collection and surveys of literature.
  • Assemble and submit grant requests, including letters, proposals, and other presentations.
  • Work with team members to collect data and other information (e.g. financials) for the preparation and submission of proposals.
  • Generate proposals that are compelling and competitive.
  • Works with development team to identify and create an annual grants strategy.
  • Identify prospective new opportunities.
  • Meet project and proposal deadlines.
  • Handle confidential financial information and grant materials with discretion.
  • Maintain good working relationship with funders and donors.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in communications, or related degree, or work experience that is equivalent to this degree.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in a development and communications or similar position.
  • Demonstrate excellent ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization and external community.
  • Experience or knowledge of education sector is essential.
  • Must be an experienced writer with excellent editing skills and a clear and compelling fashion to present and interpret program mission, goals and needs to donors, prospects, the media and other constituents.
  • Have knowledge of and a proven track record of successful fundraising and grants management.
  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills, and has the demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with leadership, staff, donors, volunteers, community members, and the Board of Directors.
  • Be a strategic and creative thinker with the strong presentation skills to communicate effectively with corporate, foundation and individual funders, board members, other constituents.
  • Must be a proven public speaker and have the ability to create and effectively deliver professional presentations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, social media sites, and electronic grant portals.
  • Extremely organized, highly detail-focused individual who can flexibly respond to the needs of a diverse nonprofit operating in an often changing environment and is comfortable working with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility.
  • The successful candidate will understand the needs of underserved populations and is able to become familiar with resources in the community and region.
  • Should demonstrate strong organizational skills, be creative, be an outstanding problem-solver, flexible and adaptable to change and have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple demands

Director of Fundraising

Part Time, 20-32 hours / week OR Full Time with Grant Writing Skills

Literacy Matters is seeking a motivated, driven, high-achieving professional with a collaborative attitude to join our fast growing organization. This role will interface directly with individual donors and institutional funder program officers. This role is responsible for building a portfolio as well as creating strategy for future campaigns and stewardship. If you are passionate about closing the literacy gap and can see our vision of a future where every emerging reader has access to the best educational tools, we want you to join our team.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Drive all fundraising efforts, including donor stewardship, cultivation, and solicitations.
  • Oversee all fundraising-related activities including: Participate in donor meetings, donor meeting scheduling, preparation, and research, donor e-communications, quarterly.
  • Project managing fundraising events and site visits.
  • Coordinate with grant writer for grant submissions including letters, proposals, budgets, presentations.
  • Conducting extensive research, collecting data, and developing background information for proposals.
  • Manage grants calendars to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
  • Keep fidelity to development operations, systems, and tracking to increase efficiency of fundraising and provide clear pathways for success.
  • Support creation and monitoring of annual fund development plans.
  • Support org-wide learning of fundraising among staff.
  • Localize national fundraising projects such as fall/winter appeal & major national fundraising events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required,5-8 years of fundraising experience.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills: excellent spelling, grammar, and ability to write and proofread accurately.
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc.) experience preferred.
  • Hubspot.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to manage up, laterally, and down.
  • Exceptional time & project-management ability and highly detail-oriented.
  • Inherently organized with your own systems, but are adaptable and flexible to others.
  • Ability to work independently, communicate effectively and concisely, demonstrate high level of personal accountability, lead collaboratively, and apply critical thinking and good judgement when faced with unstructured situations; can adapt to different working styles.
  • Critical Thinking – using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative. solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Alignment with the principles and values of LMF and passion for working in a face-paced start-up environment.
  • Knowledge of education policy and/or grassroots organizing preferred.
  • Experience in organization with multiple cities fundraising preferred.
  • Wants to work with passion and a deep hunger for advancing literacy through fundraising!

Literacy Matters is currently interviewing individuals who share our belief that we should teach the way each and every child learns. People who are highly motivated to close the literacy gap, and eager to serve are encouraged to apply. Literacy Matters Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer AA/EEO.

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