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Friends of the Los Angeles River
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Los Angeles County, CA
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Published 18 days ago

Part Time, Hourly (30 hours per week)

Reports To: VP of Development

Hourly Range: $28 - $32 per hour (negotiable based on experience and skills)

Ideal Start Date: June 1, 2021


The Los Angeles River is the birthplace of our region and was once the thriving, unifying water source for the people and wildlife of Los Angeles. But that connection and our collective history was severed when the River was encased in concrete and fenced in 1938. Established in 1986, FoLAR has endeavored for over 30 years to restore community connection to and natural ecology of the Los Angeles River as its single largest mobilizing force. With climate change upon us, we envision an increasingly natural river that prioritizes nature-based solutions and the well-being of the communities alongside it. We educate, engage, and mobilize over 50,000 Angelenos to repair habitat and fight for the plans and policies that will reclaim our collective right to a healthy, thriving, and equitably accessible Los Angeles River. Our theory of change is that an educated public that can connect to the River is one that will take on the responsibility for it and LA’s broader environmental health; fighting for, stewarding, and reaping the benefits of a healthy, climate resilient Los Angeles River. We see our education programs as the first introduction between the river’s role in a healthy LA and the next generation of environmental stewards.


Position Summary

The Grant Writer plays a critical role in exceeding Friends of the Los Angeles River’s (FoLAR’s) ambitious fundraising goals focused on grant writing and reporting with public agencies, private foundations, and corporations. Specifically, this staff is responsible for writing proposals for unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects for our Environmental Education Program and our Policy endeavors. Included in this role is submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant-funded projects.

 

The ideal candidate is an organized and creative strategic thinker with a clear understanding of the grant writing process with the strategic ability to seek out grants that aim to advance the organization's mission with a high percent grant win rate. Knowledge of the environment, environmental education, or the education sector is preferred but not required. This role will need to stay abreast of changes and advances in the grant funding landscape and work to build and maintain relationships with Program Officers and other appropriate persons at funding agencies.


The Grant Writer reports to and works closely with the VP of Development, collaborates extensively with the Policy, Communications, and Programs teams, and interfaces regularly with grantors and funders.


Specific Responsibilities

·      Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation, corporate sources, and public agencies

·      Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants

·      Work with the VP of Development and CFO to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs

·      Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors

·      Provide stewardship to current funders, including work with the Programs Coordinator to provide regular written updates to corporate and foundation donors

·      Understanding of institutional history and programs

·      Make appointments for CEO or Director of Education with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees)

·      Along with the Programs Coordinator, maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting

·      Track statistics relevant to grants and provide the department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship


Qualifications

Required

·      Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university

·      Four years of successful non-profit grant writing

·      Proficiency working in web-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

·      Proficiency working with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

·      Willingness to travel on occasion and attend evening meetings and weekend events

·      Ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters professionally

·      Ability to multi-task and manage many projects simultaneously with scrupulous attention to detail

Preferred

·      Spanish fluency

·      Knowledge of fundraising software, particularly NationBuilder

 

Knowledge and Skills

Required

·      Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively when writing and speaking

·      Strong editing skills and attention to detail

·      Ability to meet deadlines

·      Knowledge of fundraising information sources

·      Experience with grant writing with knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies

·      Proactive in improving systems and processes; overcoming obstacles to solving problems

·      Warm, confident, and diplomatic approach to interpersonal relationships

·      Strong contributor in team environments

·      Comfortable in an environment of change

Preferred

·      Familiarity with the Los Angeles philanthropic landscape will be considered a plus

·      Gregarious, confident, outgoing personality


Benefits:

·      Competitive salary

·      Health, dental, and vision insurance

·      Generous paid vacation including 10 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and additional paid time off between Christmas and New Years

·      Flexible work schedule and partial remote work options based on individual and team needs available

·      Close, passionate, fun, and creative team environment

·      Opportunities to grow with the organization

·      Beautiful office location


FoLAR’s Equity Statement

The LA River traverses through diverse communities of people, plants, and geographies. It provides an opportunity to reshape our environment in a way that is more inclusive, equitable, and just. We are committed to building a team, leadership, and a River Movement that is as diverse as the communities the River touches. We believe in working with nature and alongside communities to achieve climate resilience, park equity, and environmental health for all.


To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to kenyauda@folar.org with “Grant Writer Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please send the cover letter in the body of the email as text and any documents (resume, etc.) as easily accessible attachments. No calls or walk-ins.


Friends of the Los Angeles River is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin. Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.  

Part Time, Hourly (30 hours per week)

Reports To: VP of Development

Hourly Range: $28 - $32 per hour (negotiable based on experience and skills)

Ideal Start Date: June 1, 2021


The Los Angeles River is the birthplace of our region and was once the thriving…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

·      Competitive salary

·      Health, dental, and vision insurance

·      Generous paid vacation including 10 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and additional paid time off between Christmas and New Years

·      Flexible work schedule and partial remote work options based on individual and team needs available

·      Close, passionate, fun, and creative team environment

·      Opportunities to grow with the organization

·      Beautiful office location

·      Competitive salary

·      Health, dental, and vision insurance

·      Generous paid vacation including 10 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and additional paid time off between Christmas and…

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency preferred

Spanish fluency preferred

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Los Angeles County, CA
Associated Location
Los Angeles County, CA, USA

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to kenyauda@folar.org with “Grant Writer Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please send the cover letter in the body of the email as text and any documents (resume, etc.) as easily accessible attachments. No calls or walk-ins. 

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to kenyauda@folar.org with “Grant Writer Application” in the subject line. Format is important; please send the…

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