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Position Title: Development Writer

Reports To: Associate Director of Community Resources

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt; Full benefits.

Location: Santa Clara County

About Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit working to break the cycle of juvenile violence, crime, and incarceration. FLY believes that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes. FLY’s legal education, leadership training, and mentoring programs motivate and equip youth to change the course of their lives. We are also committed to helping our juvenile justice systems become more just, humane, and equitable. As a result, FLY increases safety in our communities and decreases the costs and consequences of crime.

For more information about Fresh Lifelines for Youth please go to: www.flyprogram.org.

Development Writer - Position Summary

This position will work closely with the Associate Director (AD) of Community Resources as part of a seven-member Development Department, including Vice President of Development, Director of Communications, Communications Assistant, Development Writer, Development Database Coordinator, and an Executive Assistant. The Development Writer will report to the AD of Community Resources. More than 80% of FLY’s budget comes from foundation and government grants. Individual donations and event fundraising also contribute to the organization’s sustainability and growth. The organization is in an exciting phase of growth and recently launched a strategic growth plan, Imagine 2030. The Development Writer will play a critical role in supporting this growth plan through execution of fund development activities specifically through grant writing and reporting and donor communications. This individual will demonstrate versatility, flexibility, and a positive FLY spirit as our teamwork evolves and we develop priorities and processes throughout the year.


Primary Responsibilities: A majority of the Development Writer’s time will be spent preparing written content, including grant requests and reports and other development communications. Under the supervision of the AD of Community Resources, this will include the following responsibilities:

·        GRANT PROPOSAL WRITING: Develop, prepare, and edit grant proposals for foundations, corporations, and government grants. Develop expert knowledge of FLY programs and services in order to prepare accurate and persuasive funding requests and reports. Prepare multiple, simultaneous proposals for on-time submission under tight and shifting deadlines, while maintaining a consistently high standard of quality.

·        GRANT REPORTING: Develop, prepare, and edit grant reports for foundations and corporations. Prepare multiple, simultaneous reports for on-time submission under tight and shifting deadlines, while maintaining a consistently high standard of quality.

·        CONTEXT RESEARCH: Conduct research to develop and maintain knowledge of and expertise in policies and theories concerning juvenile justice systems and youth, evidence-based practices employed in FLY’s programs, and juvenile justice system landscape. Conduct research to provide supporting information for grant proposals.

·        DONOR COMMUNICATIONS: As needed, support the VP of Development with content generation for donor stewardship, including fundraising emails and major donor reports and requests, adapting to shifting tone and content.


Qualification and Competency Requirements for Contract Development Writer

·        Writing Experience: A minimum of three years’ experience in professional writing, including grant proposal or fundraising-specific writing.

·        Exceptional Oral and Written Communication Skills: Demonstrated ability to research, assimilate, and analyze information, compose documents, and present data in a clear and concise manner to appropriate personnel, including the ability to effectively gather and present information to top management, program staff, and Development stakeholders.    

·        Strong Production and Editorial Skills: Ability to execute projects with varying levels of tone or detail and quickly deliver productive critique that move writing projects forward.

·        Flexible, Energetic, Responsive, and Outcomes-Oriented Self-Starter: Requires minimal supervision, prioritizes effectively, and makes efficient use of time to meet deadlines.

·        Proficiency in Word Processing and Other Software Tools: Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher; familiar with Dropbox, Google Docs, and Google Drive

·        Attention to detail, organized, and prompt: Proven time management skills and prioritization with the ability to produce high quality work product while adapting to shifting deadlines or emergent priorities.

·        Nonprofit and Volunteer Experience: Work or volunteer experience with underserved and disadvantaged youth is a plus.

·        Knowledge of Bay Area Funding Community is a plus.


Organizational Competencies – required for all FLY staff

·     System-wide Thinking: Sees the bigger picture of serving our youth and achieving overall agency goals while executing on specific Development department deliverables. Uses role to champion FLY’s strategic vision internally and externally.

·     Growth Mindset: Possess the belief that all people are capable of change and ongoing growth; Coaches and develops staff with a strengths-based approach and pursues opportunities to enhance their own personal and professional development.

·     Decisive & Accountable: Well-honed ability to independently anticipate and analyze situations, define problems and objectives, recognize viable alternatives and formulate rapid solutions, with understanding of the inherent risks and the implications of making tough decisions. Be accountable to young people, organizational and programmatic results, and the FLY Team.

·     Emotionally Intelligent: Aware of and able to monitor one’s own emotions, perspectives, and beliefs, as well as respond respectfully to those of others. Ability to adapt to change and respect differences in a diverse environment. 

·     Availability for occasional evening and weekend work and for travel as needed.

Position Title: Development Writer

Reports To: Associate Director of Community Resources

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt; Full benefits.

Location: Santa Clara County

About Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth…

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Benefits

Full benefits including medical, dental and vision. Paid holidays and PTO.

Full benefits including medical, dental and vision. Paid holidays and PTO.

Location

568 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035

How to Apply

All interested applicants must go to our Careers page on our website, https://flyprogram.org/about/careers/. They will click on the link for our open positions and complete the online application process. 

All interested applicants must go to our Careers page on our website, https://flyprogram.org/about/careers/. They will click on the link for our open positions and complete the online…

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