Deadline for submission: November 26, 2018
Work Schedule: Non-exempt, Full-time
Conservation Colorado is seeking a Grants Manager based in Denver who will be responsible for the research, writing, and timeline management associated with Conservation Colorado’s grant portfolio. This position will work closely with the Development Director to ensure the organization reaches its foundation fundraising goals.
About Conservation Colorado
Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. This coming year we will be tackling everything from addressing climate change, conserving water resources, increasing renewable energy, and defending our public lands from attacks by the Trump administration.
Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color among other key constituencies for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that prioritize equity and inclusion.
What You’ll Do
Conservation Colorado is undergoing a period of rapid growth in our grants program. We take this as an encouraging sign that the hallmarks of our grants program – thoughtful communication with foundation staff coupled with timely, strategic proposals – are shining through. This will be a new position, reporting to the Development Director, and will have a key role in diversifying and growing our funder base. This role may evolve over time, but will have the following areas of responsibility to start:
1. Grant Production Management
• Manage the grants calendar and keep staff on track to meet important funding deadlines.
• Oversee process for seamless and efficient grant editing and packaging.
• Ensure that all grant materials maintain a professional, consistent look.
• Manage the moves management plan for funders to ensure they are cultivated in multiple ways throughout the year.
• Craft proposals and reports that compellingly convey mission and direction, including Conservation Colorado’s commitment to racial justice and equity.
• Help develop strategic messaging for funders in conjunction with communications team.
• Compose other development items as needed, such as donor appeals and annual reports.
• Spearhead efforts to research new funders, including social and environmental justice funders, and strategize ways to add them to the organization’s portfolio.
In addition to regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to engage at some level in organizational priorities including participating in our organizational efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusivity, fundraising from personal networks, and taking part in our election-related activities.
To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the judgment, focus on quality, and collaboration to work well with our team. Fundamentally, we are looking for someone who is an excellent writer with strong organizational skills and attention to detail. More specifically, you will have or be all of the following:
• Interpersonal intelligence: Create and cultivate strong, genuine relationships with colleagues and funders and demonstrate polite persistence to motivate others to get things done.
• Solutions oriented: Have the ability to look at our systems and propose solutions to adapt to the evolving needs of the organization and to think three (or 30) steps ahead to ensure things run smoothly.
• Time-management and detail oriented: Have the ability to handle different types of projects at the same time with a “no ball dropped” mentality, and skills to ensure all grant items are accurate, precise, and consistent with our branding .
• Share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Be willing to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
• Curiosity for learning and desire to grow our grants program: Bring a love of research and making strategic connections to this position to help build a pipeline of strong funding prospects for the future.
Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement. This is a full-time job but there can be some schedule flexibility.
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, an EcoPass, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, parental leave, and a generous sabbatical program.
We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law.
Minimum Education Required