The Grant Program Manager will be responsible for supporting the 11th Hour Racing grantmaking strategy focused on the following three thematic areas: ocean literacy and stewardship; ecosystem restoration, and; clean technologies and best practices in coastal communities and the marine industry. This role will be responsible for strategy development and evaluation, management of a portfolio of grantees, and developing opportunities for partner engagement and collaboration.
Grantmaking Strategy & Execution:
- Manage the 11th Hour Racing Grant Program Strategy in coordination with the Grant Program Director and other members of the grantmaking team, including creating a detailed theory of change with logic model, tactics and outcomes identified for each focus area
- Identify and cultivate potential new opportunities for transformational change and develop grant recommendations to achieve strategic objectives
- Analyze and refine evaluation data to assess program impacts, gaps, and challenges in the program's strategy, and generate learning that informs future grant-making
- Present grant strategy and recommendations to the leadership at 11th Hour Racing, TSFF Executive Director and Board.
- Solicit, review and analyze grant proposals, and prepare recommendations for approval.
- Work closely with grants administration and finance teams to ensure grants are processed in a timely, accurate and compliant manner.
- Oversee budget narratives and allocations in collaboration with leadership at 11th Hour Racing and TSFF.
- Lead positive and productive partner relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals
- Design and implement opportunities for engagement, connection, and learning among the 11th Hour Racing network.
- Manage and execute site visits to grantee and partner locations.
- Identify and collaborate on the creation of strategic communications that showcase the work of 11th Hour Racing’s grantees and our grantmaking strategy.
- Represent 11th Hour Racing at conferences and gatherings.
- Other projects and activities as assigned by the Grant Program Director.
MINIMUM ABILITY, SKILL, & KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENT
- Brings a passion for the mission of 11th Hour Racing
- Ability to work effectively in a small organization with an emphasis on teamwork
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skillsAbility to speak, read, and write effectively in English
- Strong interpersonal skills to interface and coordinate professionally with a number of diverse internal and external contacts, including partners, vendors, and fellow team members
- Strong ability to work through administrative processes with a keen attention to detail
- Flexibility to work simultaneously on a wide range of projects and ability to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively, and meet deadlines
- Ability to work legally in the United States.
- Ability to work in Newport, Rhode Island.
MINIMUM PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, AND EDUCATION
- Master’s degree in Marine Sciences or Policy, Environmental Studies, or similar disciplines with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for this position.
- Additional background or formal education in restoration, soil science, water quality and climate change is strongly preferred.
- 5 plus years of relevant experience in nonprofit, research or other related fields is required.
- Demonstrated expertise in successfully developing strategy and managing a budget
- Public speaking experience
- Knowledge of ocean and marine industries strongly preferred
- Demonstrated project management skills with experience in administration strongly preferred
- Fluent in Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite
- Salesforce experience preferred