Good Grief seeks a Development Manager to enhance its talented development team, who work to secure funding for all of our peer support programming, education initiatives, and advocacy work. The Development Manager will assist the development team by researching and writing grants throughout the year, and by cultivating and securing corporate partners for the organization. This position reports to the Senior Manager of Development, and works closely with key senior staff and development team members at Good Grief.
ABOUT GOOD GRIEF
Good Grief’s mission is to build resilience in children, strengthen families, and empower communities to grow from loss and adversity.
Good Grief, Inc. was founded in New Jersey in 2004. We expanded from Morristown to Princeton in 2012. Good Grief provides support to more than 1,100 participants each year at our family support centers and satellite locations in Jersey City and Newark. Our Good Grief Schools program reaches children in an environment where they are vulnerable by providing a social emotional learning curriculum, peer-support groups, parent education, and professional development.
In addition to our support of children and families, Good Grief offers education locally, nationally, and internationally via keynotes and our Signature Series Workshops.
The Development Manager’s primary responsibilities fall into two key areas:
- Corporate Partnerships
Responsibilities within these focus areas include, but are not limited to:
- Research, write and submit impactful grant narratives.
- Coordinate with senior staff to plan for and collect all needed pieces of grant information, such as program narratives, budgets, attachments, financial documents, etc. to ensure a complete, robust, and successful grant application. All data collection and grant submissions must be completed in a timely manner.
- Ensure that all internal and external deadlines related to the grant cycle are met. Develop a grant cycle for the entire calendar year, and plan appropriate submission deadlines and external and internal due dates.
- Prioritize and manage to multiple competing internal and external deadlines during the grant cycle.
- Research and identify new foundations to fund Good Grief’s four (4) key initiatives, as well as capacity building, buildings and grounds, technology, and other funding needs as they arise.
- Develop a process to cultivate new funders, and track progress with them. Develop a system and tracking report(s) to appropriately classify potential new funders. Actively work to move new funders from potential funders to active funders.
- Work with senior staff to develop funding priorities, changes, and identify opportunities for grant or corporate funding within our programs and four key initiatives.
- Collect all the data and narratives required for the successful completion of interim and final grant reports as required by the funder. Work with senior staff to collect this information in a timely manner.
- Track and report on the various areas/stages of the grant process – prospecting, grant writing and submissions, and report writing and submissions.
- Research, write and deliver impactful corporate partnership appeals.
- Develop at process to cultivate new partners and track ongoing progress with them. Develop tracking report(s) to appropriately classify new and potential partners. Actively work to move new partners from potential partners to active partners.
- Coordinate with the development team and board of directors to identify and cultivate corporate partnership funding prospects. Research and identify potential corporate partners on a local, regional and national level.
- Develop a corporate partner stewardship calendar, both for existing partners and potential partners. Track and report on this group on a bi-weekly basis.
The ideal candidate for this position will have:
- BA/BS degree
- 5-7+ years of professional experience in fundraising with an emphasis on grant writing
- Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
- Ability to work collaboratively to meet goals in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and remotely with a diverse team
- Highly proficient Microsoft office applications (PowerPoint, Excel and Word)
- Prior experience using CSR or database management software
- Familiarity with various grant/corporate portals such as Cybergrants
- Ability to travel between centers and satellite locations
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
- Must possess a driver's license and vehicle