Sr. Education Grants Specialist
Mission of the Children's Defense Fund The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind(R) mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by individual donations, foundation, corporate and government grants. Position Overview: Research donor priorities and develop funding proposals and related submissions to public sector (federal, state and other government) agencies as well as assigned private foundations, in support of the Children's Defense Fund programs and operational priorities. Work in close collaboration with the Chief Development Officer in determining overall strategies, researching donor or prospective partner "fit" with CDF and developing specific funding relationships and partnerships with prospective funding partners. Key measurements for success in this position will include proposal pipeline activity (proposals submitted); grant and partnership "capture" rates; total value of grants and partnerships secured annually; effective monitoring of awarded and approved grants to ascertain progress, monitor activities and ensure timely and accurate reporting; and effective collaboration with all internal stakeholders. Key Responsibilities: Develop an annual plan for public sector (federal, state and other) funding proposals appropriate to CDF and CDF's programs and organizational priorities in conjunction with the Chief Development Officer. Coordinate the Development of all grant proposals and master plans submitted to the federal government to include primary writing and editing responsibilities for all proposals in collaboration with other key CDF stakeholders. Communicate with funding sources to ensure full compliance with the terms of the grant and to find ways of extending services beyond the grant period. Coordinate writing of reports for all federal grants awarded to CDF in collaboration with all appropriate CDF stakeholders. Serve as the primary liaison between Development and individual CDF program departments/offices with CDF Finance regarding budgeting, financial reporting and budget amendments/adjustments for all grants within assigned portfolio. Advise executive leadership of funding opportunities, personnel needs, selection criteria, and long-term costs of fulfilling grantor requirements. Introduce new prospective partners to CDF programs and cultivate new foundation relationships in support of CDF's mission, goals and priorities (eg meetings, briefings, information sharing calls, networking, sending information on CDF programs, policy efforts and publications, etc.); Serve as primary writer and editor for private sector grants and grant reports as assigned. In collaboration with all appropriate CDF stakeholders. Monitor the progress of grant-funded programs, which may include revising budget, program, and management plans. Collaborate in close coordination with the CDO with various CDF project/program teams, CDF Communications, and CDF Policy staff to accurately represent the programmatic elements and priorities of the CDF's current program activities and future program and organizational plans in grant proposals; Maintain grant pipeline report to track foundation giving progress toward fundraising goals. Maintain and regularly update Raiser's Edge database for assigned relationships; Prepare meeting briefs and schedule appointments with current and prospective partners for the CDF President and / or for CDF's Chief Development Officer; Manage and complete additional assignments from the CDO and from CDF's President, and assist when appropriate and possible with other Development team initiatives and projects. Qualifications: Demonstrated passion for CDF's mission; Demonstrated knowledge of and skills in writing succinctly with excellent grammar, spelling and proof-reading; A minimum of ten years past grant-writing and corporate/foundation relations experience; A demonstrated understanding of nonprofit programs and services, especially those involving children and education-related projects. A minimum of a bachelor's degree in a field relevant to CDF's work; advance degree strongly preferred; Demonstrated ability to be a willing, able and active learner; willingness to be taught and trained in professional skills, in workplace protocols and in topics and issues specifically relevant to CDF's mission and work; Demonstrated skills in organizing multiple projects and priorities. Salary commensurate with experience. Attractive benefits package.