The Detroit Justice Center (DJC), an innovative community law practice, seeks a full-time Associate Director of Grants. DJC is founded on the belief that we cannot build cities that work for everyone without remedying the impacts of mass incarceration and transforming our justice system. This position is a unique opportunity to support DJC in its mission to deliver community lawyering services, create economic opportunities, and promote just cities. We have established a set of values to guide our work, and we seek an individual who will deeply align with them.
The Associate Director of Grants is an experienced development professional with a passion for social justice. As a key member of the Development Office’s leadership team, the Associate Director of Grants works with the Development Director and Detroit Justice Center’s (DJC) leadership to develop high quality grant proposals and development communications that are consistent with DJC’s mission and strategic direction and provides post-award grants management for private and federal grants. The Associate Director of Grants will provide leadership, administration and oversight of all grant activity for the organization, serving as the organizational expert on all grantseeking initiatives including relationships with corporations, foundations and governmental current and prospective supporters. Key responsibilities include drafting of development communications, grant writing, process/project management, researching, identifying, developing, and responding to grant opportunities in targeted areas as well as other areas of strategic interest. The Associate Director of Grants will also assist with program development and post-award reporting and will provide technical assistance and training for agency staff around the grant process.
- Serve as content/discipline expert and thought leader as it relates to grant funding opportunities and industry trends
- Provide leadership and oversight of all grant activity at the Detroit Justice Center in partnership with the Development Director and DJC leadership team
- Develop compelling development communications strategies and content to effectively cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective donors
- Develop a deep understanding of program content to ensure integrity and quality of proposal writing.
- Identify new opportunities for private and public funding that align with Detroit Justice Center programs and mission, including outreach and relationship building with prospective family foundations and potential new funders as well as assist in maintaining solid relationships with existing funders.
- Manage DJC’s grant program using timely and appropriate internal and external communications (checklists, reminder messages, and proactive problem-solving) to ensure high-quality grants and reports are submitted on time.
- Originate and lead the writing of high quality grant proposals and grant reports, including project narratives, budgets and other supporting documentation, in a timely manner to meet grant deadlines.
- Manage foundation partnerships including submissions of proposals in a timely manner in addition to ensuring evaluation and reporting requirements are met.
- Serve as DJC’s liaison to granting agencies, focusing on securing new funding opportunities and nurturing relationships.
- Write cover letters, letters of inquiry, proposals, government Requests for Proposals (RFPs), renewal requests, and interim and final reports to private foundations and government funders.
- Retain up-to-date knowledge about all assigned programs and program developments; establish and maintain effective working relationships with program directors, staff, and finance staff.
- Manage completion of multiple proposals and report deadlines with executive, senior, and program staff.
- Create and maintain a detailed organization grant calendar and action sheets.
- Maintain accurate donor records and files; ensure all funders are properly acknowledged in a timely fashion.
- Maintain and expand support for DJC programs by overseeing execution of grants portfolio including research and prospecting, proposal and report writing, and stewardship activities
- Collect and synthesize information about DJC programs as needed to make strongest case for support
- Serve as technical writer for DJC by integrating logic models, monitoring and evaluation data, and qualitative information into all proposals
- Develop materials showing progress of DJC programs for donor updates and ongoing communications
- Provide support to leadership team and key staff for meetings with donors
- Deep alignment with the Detroit Justice Center’s mission and values and a commitment to building social justice movements.
- BA/BS degree with a minimum of 6-8 years of related grant writing experience with public and private (federal, state, corporate and foundations) grant proposals and applications is required. A master’s degree is preferred.
- Experience working in and/or commitment to social justice movements.
- Progressive levels of responsibility with grant development, writing, and administration, including successfully closing and renewing grant funding.
- Ideal candidate has completed training programs specific to nonprofit/fundraising management.
- Excellent written, oral, and listening communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals; strong editing skills.
- Ability to effectively communicate the vision, mission, and programs of DJC using storytelling.
- Demonstrated success in grant-based fundraising, including stewarding multi-year grants.
- Working knowledge of nonprofit management and budgeting processes.
- Previous experience working with board volunteers, institutional donors, and program/fundraising staff.
- Energized by and enthusiastic about working in a fast-paced, growing, and progressive organization.
- Excellent project management skills to drive success in managing multiple proposals and reports simultaneously.
- Ability to contribute to the development of innovative and creative strategies.
- Ability to work well as a strong collaborator in a team environment.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook & PowerPoint) required; Experience using Little Green Light (or another grants management software) and Google Suite a plus.
- Ability to manage multiple projects with impeccable attention to detail, meet deadlines, and work with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated experience providing grants management on state, federal or private grants. Demonstrated experience and success writing state, federal, or foundation proposals.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking skills, ability to develop grant proposals adhering to RFP guidelines, strong attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, synthesize complex ideas, and provide leadership, and strong ability to multitask and prioritize competing tasks.
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure of deadlines.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, electronic grants management and submission systems (i.e., Grants.gov, eRA Commons), and other applications.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully work with a diverse population and stakeholders at various levels.
- Experience conducting literature reviews and/or research preferred.
- Excellent professional judgment.
The target salary for this role is $65,000-$75,000. DJC offers an array of robust benefits in addition to its base salary including 100% employer-paid health benefits, 2% retirement match, 10 paid holidays, 20 PTO days, 2 centering days, 5 sick days, and a flexible schedule. This position will be remote until the organization returns to the office. DJC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply for this role, please submit your application materials through our careers website here. Make sure to refresh your webpage to view the posting. Please be sure to include a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and references in one .pdf or .doc (Word) file. Applications will be reviewed as received, and all are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, May 18, 2021.