As a member of the Advancement team and under the direction of the Senior Director of Philanthropy, this position researches, plans, writes and submits private and occasional government grant applications in coordination with St. Joseph’s Villa’s overall development efforts. This position builds quality relationships with funders, convenes staff and community partners, and tracks funding trends and new grant opportunities. This position assures that grants are implemented according to the grantor’s requirements and submits final accounting of agency performance to the grantors. This position collaborates creatively with Vila service leaders and Advancement staff to seek new, innovative, and sustained private grant funding.
The Director of Grants Development is highly organized and works to ensure that the Villa meets and exceeds private grant fundraising goals. They maintain a high level reputation with grant funders for integrity, program excellence, and accurate and timely proposals and reports on behalf of the Villa. All work is performed in collaboration with and in support of the mission and purposes of St. Joseph's Villa.
This position performs all work safely, in accordance with the highest professional ethical standards, and in alignment with St. Joseph’s Villa mission, values, and guiding principles.
Identify funding opportunities, build community relationships and partnerships, and write proposals to foundations, corporations, government agencies and other sources of grant funding to meet and exceed fundraising goals and support the mission and work of St. Joseph’s Villa.
Maintain complementary electronic and hard copy filing systems for grants, funder information, and relationship contacts. Maintain background information and supporting documentation related to grant applications and proposals.
Maintain central grant calendar for submission and reporting deadlines.
Write, prepare and file reports with funding sources and regulatory agencies. Identify reporting needs for each of the awarded grants and obtains quantitative and qualitative information from the appropriate services or offices to submit accurate and timely reports.
Effectively convene internal and external stakeholders and secure necessary site visits pertinent to proposals and funding exploration, and fostering key funder relationships for grant success.
Stay current on new funding opportunities, community social service trends, funding trends, and grantor changes. Research and provide funding opportunity information to pertinent service directors and work with staff to prepare collaborative, creative proposals seeking funding for programs which will enhance the Villa’s ability to meet the needs of our students, clients and their families.
Work with the Senior Director of Philanthropy and Development Team to plan and implement collaborative funding approaches, relationship building, requests, and stewardship with private foundations, family funds, and trusts.
Advise service staff on effective methods of presenting information in applications and proposals. Create narratives that are technically responsive and present the project or service in the most favorable way including adherence to submission requirements, responsiveness to scoring criteria and priorities, and meeting the highest professional standards for presentation of materials. Conduct final review of proposed grant budgets to ensure accuracy and alignment with proposal.
Maintain proactive communication and effective working relationships with Villa management staff and with representatives of funding sources, governmental and community organizations, and others in regular contact with the Villa. Promote good community relations and represents St. Joseph’s Villa in a positive manner to the community.
Provide input into the annual budget process to ensure that services are aware of grant opportunities and the likelihood of obtaining funding from those sources.
Liaise with the finance office to ensure that donor intent, grant parameters, spending and reporting timelines, and program deliverables are communicated to services and are being monitored for agency compliance, meeting deadlines, and positive outcomes.
Assure that the Villa’s requests for funding comply with all local, state, and federal regulations and that funder’s requirements meet local, state, and federal regulations.
Present grant reports and findings to volunteer leadership, agency management, and service leaders as appropriate, and collaborate with the Advancement team in responding to agency funding needs.
Assume responsibility for own professional development including meeting all mandated standards and staying abreast of developments within the field. Attend scheduled training programs for professional development, including trainings required by St. Joseph’s Villa.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to English, Math, or Behavioral Sciences and at least five years of grant writing with demonstrable results. Master’s degree with progressive grant management experience preferred. Proficient with Windows, Outlook, Internet research, MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of proprietary software preferred.
Must have extremely strong communication and persuasive writing skills, and considerable successful grant writing experience. Must have experience building relationships with funders and community partners and leading meetings. Experience working with Board-level volunteer leaders and major local and national funders preferred. Must be highly organized and have demonstrated experience in grant research, grant administration and managing multiple grants. Should have experience in applying state and federal laws, rules, and regulations to grants.
Must possess knowledge of principles related to program planning and development, budgeting as it is related to grants development, and the evaluation and analysis of policy. Should possess knowledge of the principles related to housing, education and human services. Must possess the ability to work effectively with both financial and non-financial grantees and Villa staff. Demonstrated experience in preparing reports and making presentations to management and staff.