ABOUT THE JOB
Start:Empowerment (S:E) seeks an NYC-based grants writer experienced in securing funding in environmental, educational, and/or youth development spaces to join its dynamic and growing team as their principal Grants Manager in their Community Outreach division. This is a paid senior management position and reports directly to the Co-founders.
This is an independent contractor job posting with hourly pay. Salary commensurate with experience.
Plans, directs, coordinates, and engages in the ongoing community-based, foundation, and corporate fundraising with the following duties:
- Providing leadership and coordination for the identification, analysis, solicitation, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate prospects and donors.
- Plans, directs, and manages major and online donor activity.
- Plans, directs, and manages fundraising events in collaboration and coordination with the Co-founders of Start:Empowerment.
KEY DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
Research public and private grant agencies, foundations, and corporations to identify potential sources of funding for our:
- formal/informal climate education programs (for our Education Consulting and Development arm),
- community-based/hyper-local organizing programs and youth development (for our youth Community Microgrant & Internship Programs),
- independent publications (for our Staff Writer team to do paid open calls for writers), and
- and administrative funding to support S:E staff salaries and other operational costs.
Additionally, the Grants Manager will:
- Identify, cultivate and steward a portfolio of current and potential donors by maintaining adequate contact, and by writing, proofreading, and submitting persuasive proposals and informative reports.
- Work with program staff and the Co-founders to: identify funding potential for programmatic initiatives and possible pilot programs within the context of the organization's strategic plan; track progress against grant requirements and fundraising goals; and propose strategies for course corrections as needed.
- Develop, coordinate and implement a community/hyper-local, foundation, and corporate relations work plan. Oversee timely tracking and provide analysis of foundation and corporate giving.
- Prepare and submit interim and final reports for grants the outcomes and impact achieved.
- Develop, cultivate, and manage online donors. Develop materials and implement online campaigns (on an as-needed basis).
- Schedule and coordinate S:E meetings with community partners, foundation, and corporate representatives (on an as-needed basis).
- Plan and manage fundraising events (on an as-needed basis).
- Attend community meetings and events, as well as engage in foundation/corporate visits (on an as-needed basis).
REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in a grant writing or development role, especially writing new grant proposals and concept notes for institution-wide support.
- Must have a track record of training/experience in a sophisticated fundraising environment, including grant writing, online donors, fundraising events and corporate/foundation activities.
- Must have experience raising at least $100,000 in a calendar year, preferably with multiple different organizations.
- Must have demonstrated budgeting experience defined as the ability to forecast and track revenue and expenses for all community, foundation, and corporate relations activities.
- Must have the ability to identify and research prospective major, corporate and foundation donors using all available resources including foundation center databases.
- Must have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exits.
- Must have the ability to complete projects in a timely manner without supervision.
- Must proactively look for ways to avert or solve problems on their own and ask for help when needed.
PREFERRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- Should have access to their own grants databases, in addition to the ones S:E provides and sources.
- Should have familiarity with sub-contractual agreements for NYC government programs like SYEP.
- Should have exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills
- Should have the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagram, or schedule form.
- Should have the ability to prioritize activities and organize duties and assignments.
- Should have a strong ability to compose letters and other printed materials.
- Should pay extreme attention to detail.
- Diplomatic with strong interpersonal skills
- Familiar with nonprofit organizations and funders
- Highly organized and resourceful
MANDATORY PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
- Understanding of the nexus of environmental justice (the area of justice focusing on how social inequity and climate environmental issues intersect and can be addressed) and social justice as it pertains to education and community development.
- Sound judgement and unquestionable integrity.
- Team player, committed to S:E’s mission and culture of prioritizing the team above the self.
- Proactivity to develop and improve skills and experience, as well as manage up.
- Self-motivation, action-orientation, and foresight.
- Willingness to go the extra mile and manage up when needed to meet S:E standards.
- Adaptability to make adjustments on the fly and maximize available resources.
- Contributing to one of the only organizations in NYC committed to infusing environmental (and social) justice themes into and bringing funding to student and/or youth-action projects in schools and communities.
- Be a part of a close-knit team that collectively works towards radical futures in education and further implementation of environmental justice principles.
Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Start:Empowerment where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.
Start:Empowerment (S:E) is a QBIPOC-led social and environmental justice education project working dually in NYC, Austin (Texas), and their surrounding regions to help schools, communal learning environments, and the like, implement curricula and programming centered around equity. We collaborate with educators, community members, and activists to foster spaces for social and environmental justice education and action. Additionally, we are staunch supporters of the principles of abolition, transformative justice, mutual aid, and healing. Our end goal is to increase the well-being of individuals and to improve the social, economic, and cultural viability of their communities.