Foundation Relations Specialist

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Address:

Chicago or Pittsburgh,
United States

Website:

www.thesca.org

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of youth conservation volunteers, has an exciting opportunity in our Advancement Department. America’s #1 youth conservation service organization seeks a Central Foundation Relations Specialist in our Chicago, IL or Pittsburgh, PA office.

The Central Foundation Relations Specialist is responsible for securing grant funding by maintaining relations and fulfilling proposal and reporting requirements with current foundation partners. Identify and research potential foundation partners and develop a pipeline of long-term foundation support. Manage a portfolio of donors, including writing grant proposals and reports, preparing budgets and financial reports.

Essential Functions (90% of time):

Meet revenue targets for a defined portfolio of foundation donors and prospects. Identify funding opportunities and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of those.
Write compelling grant proposals, concept papers, letters of inquiry, reports, and acknowledgment letters for foundations.
Prepare financial information, including budgets and financial reports, in collaboration with program and finance staff.
Engage in meetings with funders and prepare meeting materials and talking points for visits to funders.
Research and vet foundation and corporate grantmaking prospects in collaboration with Foundation Relations team and Advancement team.
Manage and track all relevant deadlines within the portfolio.
Participate in select program planning sessions to help identify funding opportunities for SCA programs and strategic initiatives.

Essential Functions (90% of time):

Meet revenue targets for a defined portfolio of foundation donors and prospects. Identify funding opportunities and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of those.
Write compelling grant proposals, concept papers, letters of inquiry, reports, and acknowledgment letters for foundations.
Prepare financial information, including budgets and financial reports, in collaboration with program and finance staff.
Engage in meetings with funders and prepare meeting materials and talking points for visits to funders.
Research and vet foundation and corporate grantmaking prospects in collaboration with Foundation Relations team and Advancement team.
Manage and track all relevant deadlines within the portfolio.
Participate in select program planning sessions to help identify funding opportunities for SCA programs and strategic initiatives.

Performance Measures/Accountabilities:

Ensure annual revenue goals are met.
Maintain, or grow, foundation revenue by ensuring the consistent and timely submission of successful, competitive proposals.
Maintain regular and timely reporting on progress to goals.
Work effectively and collaboratively with other Advancement Team members to achieve annual philanthropic goals for assigned foundation donors.
Understand and follow the guidelines in SCA’s Staff Handbook.
Understand and model SCA’s Operating Values and Leadership Behaviors.

Qualifications:

5 or more years of relevant experience, particularly foundation, and corporate relations required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
Experience with grant writing required.

Demonstrated a successful track record in managing relationships by telephone and email.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team necessary
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously required
Strong Constituent Management Database and MSOffice skills required: Word, Outlook, and Excel a must.
Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
Willingness to travel regionally (10-20%)

Position Start Date:

Monday, December 18, 2017

Job Duration:

Permanent

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter via SCA's online portal. Link to the job posting and portal: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=8596&clientkey=595E0C4F0C9492D99...