Now Hiring: Grants and Institutional Giving Manager
Beyond Hunger is harnessing the power of communities to end hunger. An award-winning direct service agency, we serve residents of 13 zip codes on the West Side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Last year we provided critical food assistance and programming to 43,000 individuals. Our energetic and fulfilling work environment is resourced by an operating budget of $4M, 13 full-time staff members, 4 part-time staff, 4 full-time AmeriCorps members, over 1300 active volunteers—and possibly you.
We are seeking someone as passionate as we are about ending hunger, a storyteller who can bring our food equity work to life through compelling presentations, communication, and grant proposals that inspire funder investment. We are looking for an experienced Development professional and relationship-builder to manage a portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government funders and increase funding opportunities. As a creative fundraiser passionate about social justice, you will leverage your networks, knowledge of local and national foundations, and targeted prospecting to build a robust pipeline of food security champions. If you are a mission-driven, results-oriented, team player with attention to detail, this position is for you. With a supportive team behind you, let your light shine in this position, taking what you value most and making it come to life.
POSITION TITLE: Grants and Institutional Giving Manager
REPORTS TO: Director of Development
The Grants and Institutional Giving Manager will participate in the strategic planning, budgeting, and development design for grants, institutional giving, and potential capital campaigns. You will develop tailored prospect engagement that builds genuine connection in advancing food equity.
This position is responsible for all phases of grants development, evaluation, and compliance, including researching grant opportunities, pre-award grant writing, coordination and writing of grant applications, post award support for grant-funded projects, managing the grant reporting process, successfully closing out grant projects, and reporting outcomes to other stakeholders.
- Oversee a portfolio of foundations to maintain $500K funding annually with a goal of increasing funding by 15% or more within 12 months through active prospecting of new foundation funders
- Provide strategic leadership and work with program managers to identify measurable goals and objectives for program development; compile program outlines, materials, and data to write compelling narratives; and developing grant budgets
- Serve as a liaison between program managers and finance department to ensure accuracy and timeliness of funder reports, budgets, and billings
- Coordinate with the finance team and program staff to ensure transactions are properly recorded and conform to the grant agreement and deliverable deadlines
- Manage grant-based contractor agreements, ensuring the terms and conditions of agreements are met and properly documented and communicated
- Proactively establish and maintain warm and connected relationships with funders and other stakeholders
- Ensure the successful stewardship of foundation donor relationships by managing appropriate frequency of outreach, communication, appreciation, and involvement
- Work with staff and stakeholders to develop, execute, and evaluate strategies to engage institutional partners through outreach, education, invitations to special events, etc.
- Manage the grant calendar and communicate needs/deadlines with all parties to assure timely submission of all applications and reports
- Develop protocols to manage grant calendar and communications through Salesforce CRM
Strategic Development Responsibilities
- Provide guidance and collaborate with Director of Development to develop and execute strategy to build grantor relationships, streamline the grant process, and increase support
- Create tools, resources, and training to support grant and institutional fundraising strategies across departments
- Collaborate with Development staff in support of annual fundraising plan including annual and planned giving, fundraising events, tours and presentations, and reporting
- Provide leadership and management oversight for capital campaigns
- Represent Beyond Hunger in food security forums and venues
Administration and Planning
- Work with the Finance department to ensure accurate tracking and reporting of institutional gifts and engagement using Salesforce CRM
- Manage weekly gift acknowledgment correspondence
- Support the development team in their preparation of thoughtful appeal and acknowledgement letters and assist with direct mail campaigns
- Identify, attend, and participate in ongoing professional development and fundraising training activities
- Support the Director of Development in other areas as directed
- Five years or more experience in grant writing and institutional giving
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications or related field or commensurate work experience
- Demonstrated success in securing grant funding including small, medium, and large awards
- Passion for writing and editing including superior writing, grammar, and editing skills
- Ability to write compellingly and precisely--love of the Oxford comma a plus
- Experience with and passion for prospect research and organizing information
- Paramount attention to detail in all aspects of grant work
- Ability to drive projects while closely collaborating with multiple stakeholders
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Adobe Suite, Emma (email marketing platform), Salesforce, and Drupal a plus.
- Ability to handle confidential matters with utmost integrity
- Sophisticated project management skills and ability to accurately juggle multiple tasks
To be successful as a member of the Beyond Hunger team, you will:
- Have a proactive personality, pitching in to help when necessary
- Be committed to building a culture of equity and inclusion
- Demonstrate mature judgment with a high level of personal and professional responsibility, integrity, and trustworthiness
- Have a sense of humor, even under stress
- Be comfortable giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback
- Value relationships and accountability, empowering others to achieve superior results
Environment and Benefits:
Flexible Work Hours: Ability to work remotely when needed and schedule your own work hours within parameters that meet agency needs
Learning Benefits: Beyond Hunger highly values and partially funds staff professional development
Paid Time Off: 15 PTO days for vacation or personal, 5 sick days (after 6 months) plus 12 paid holidays per year--some holidays are flexible
Health Care: Health, dental and 401K
Multi-level work area: administrative offices/workspace not fully accessible to the mobility impaired
Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment
**All employees must show proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 which includes recommended CDC booster.
Equal opportunity employer seeking to build a more equitable and inclusive world
To apply: send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond Hunger’s Core Values:
- Respect: We will adopt positive and asset-based orientations and practices.
- Equity: Racial inequities drive hunger and must be addressed within and by our organization. By recognizing layered racial, social, and economic inequities we will enhance access to nutritious food for disproportionally affected people.
- Accountability: We are committed to continual improvement. We recognize that learning is constant and must be prioritized. Therefore, we will persist in assessing the impact of our work and implementing best practices while focusing on core strengths.
- Community: We deepen the impact of our work by building an inclusive community—solving hunger in partnership with volunteers, donors, residents, and, importantly, individuals who understand our impact because they personally have been affected by it.