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Safer Foundation

Location: ChicagoIL 60661 Document ID: AD326-0008 Posted on: 2019-08-1908/19/2019 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Minimum Education: Bachelors2019-09-18

Grants Manager

Grants Manager

Regular full-time
Chicago, IL 60661

General Summary:

Responsible for assisting the Development Director in writing funding proposals and managing government, foundation and corporate grants. Generates, maintains and reports on donation records in keeping with Agency goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:   

  • Participate in grant writing including preparation of letters of inquiry, proposals, research, budgets, reports, ancillary materials, general agency information, editing proposals for errors and inconsistencies and proposal submissions.  
  • Manage existing grants by tracking; develop internal reporting systems; writing reports, maintaining excellent historical records; collaborates with Grant Compliance & Reporting Manager, as needed, to ensure timely submission of grant-related performance and financial reports.  
  • Manage the grants calendar and donor records and lists.  
  • Research both locally and nationally and identify corporate and foundation prospects based on Safer's priorities and core programs by reviewing web sites, annual reports, and Form 990s; assess their giving priorities, giving histories, and relationships.  
  • Monitoring government websites and bulletins to identify new federal, state, county & city funding opportunities.  
  • Receive & record individual and corporate contributions, prepare letters of acknowledgement for tax reporting purposes.  
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested, including Season of Giving and the Annual Holiday Appeal.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources  
  • Experience with proposal writing  
  • Proven track record with institutional donors  
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies  
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written  
  • Excellent computer skills with all Microsoft office programs, including Salesforce  
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research  
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring  
  • Knowledge of the core elements of program development, contracts and agreements  
  • Good organizational skills, well disciplined, able to meet deadlines, self starter, able to work under pressure of many priorities and deadlines   

Education and Experience:  

  •  Bachelor's Degree in English, Communications, Social Work, or related field   
  • 3 or more years of experience in grant writing, including knowledge of Annual Giving, Foundation/Corporate solicitations, Deferred Giving, Communications and Special Events

The Safer Foundation is a social service provider to individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, including case management, educational instruction and advocacy, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment. 


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Safer Foundation is a drug-free workplace.

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