Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence
Position: Manager, Grants
Location: Philadelphia, PA (currently remote, work-from-home)
Employment Status: Full time, exempt
Reporting to: Vice President, Advancement
JOIN A FORWARD-THINKING AGENCY THAT SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT ALL YOUTH ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBSI) is the largest BBBS agency in the state and fourth largest in the nation. Our mission is to ignite the power and promise of youth and close the mentoring gap, by creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships and strengthening the quality of the mentoring field.
Reporting to the VP of Advancement, the Grants Manager will be responsible for a robust portfolio totaling approximately $2 million annually, while leading the Agency’s grant writing efforts including all Letters of Intent, proposals, and required reports for foundation, corporate and government sources.
Candidates with a strong connection to the community that BBBSI serves and the Southeastern Pennsylvania/ Southern New Jersey area are given preferential consideration. Occasional night and weekend work may be required, along with occasional travel to offices in Southeastern PA and NJ.
Leadership, Management, Accountability
1. Take overall responsibility for the full portfolio of grants (currently worth $2 million), including the whole grants life cycle, from grant design, selection, start-up, implementation through to grant closure, ensuring compliance with internal procedures and donor regulations
2. Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process
3. Maintain calendar and establish project plans for grants and manage timelines and deliverables to meet deadlines for grant submissions and reporting requirements; keep relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities
4. Manage and track the grants process in Indyforce (Salesforce CRM) for both new and current grants, and partner with Finance, in particular, the Grants Accountant and other relevant Program and Administrative staff to ensure thorough and accurate record-keeping/reconciliation, and effective reporting on grant-related metrics
5. Participate in data team meetings to obtain statistical information and outcome analytics for proposals
Fundraising: Corporate & Private Foundations, Government
1. Maintain and grow a robust grant portfolio from foundation, corporate, and government sources.
2. Develop a pipeline of relevant national corporate and private foundations, performing prospect research to evaluate fit based on existing organizational priorities/programs and new potential opportunities using Foundation Center and other relevant directories
3. Cultivate and steward relationships with appropriate prospects and existing grantors across segments
4. Develop and write compelling outcomes-oriented grant proposals, collaborating across the agency to develop project narratives that are aligned with agency mission, priorities, and capabilities and ensuring accurate accompanying budgets
5. Develop and maintain a full range of templates, match stories and other materials needed
Grant Reporting: Corporate & Private Foundations, Government
1. Manage the preparation of high-quality reporting to grantors to meet deadlines
2. Ensure that all compliance requirements are met
Academic Requirements: Minimum – Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Professional Requirements: Minimum of 3 years as a Grants Manager, Human Services environment, preferred. Familiarity with theories of change and logic models. Experience in successfully writing local, state, or federally funded grants required. Experience in preparing budgets for grant submissions required. Project management skills and knowledge of auditing policies a plus. Ability to work with many diverse constituencies. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and donor CRM packages required (Salesforce preferred).
Personal Attributes: Results/outcome orientation with a proven track record of exceeding goals, strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to think strategically and anticipate future consequences, action oriented and promoter of operational agility to meet changing client/constituent needs/environmental changes. Attentive and active listening skills, organization, and evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth are expected. Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation. Our best employees 1) set the bar high 2) are intentional and thoughtful about their choices 3) collaborate as a means to community solutions 4) are positive, can-do, and solution-oriented 5) embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and 6) are accountable and get it done.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing work in an office environment and include the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: the ability to work independently; remain sedentary for extended periods of time (6+ hours per day); lift 10-15lbs; push, pull, bend kneel, as needed for normal operations. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
If interested, please apply with cover letter and resume.
Note: only those applicants believed to be viable candidates for this opportunity will be contacted. No phone calls or 3rd party solicitation please.
BBBSI promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. BBBSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected factor.
** This position is currently remote. However, the agency is in Phase 1 of return to work on a voluntary basis. As we see changes in our partner requirements that will ensure safety for their staff, students, and communities served, the agency is required to request proof of vaccination for those roles. In the event the agency decides to require vaccinations for all staff and transition back to in office operations, staff will be given a minimum of two (2) weeks advance notice.**
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region is a donor-supported organization that enriches, encourages and empowers children to reach their highest potential through safe, one-to-one mentoring relationships.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
o Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
o Avoidance of risky behaviors
o Educational success
Our vision is that all children achieve success in life!
National research has shown that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
o More confident in their schoolwork performance
o Able to get along better with their families
o 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
o 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
o 52% less likely to skip school
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