Develops funding strategies and grant proposals for new and existing academic,
programmatic and capital projects at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College as part
of the College's Aspire Even Higher Strategic Plan. Works collaboratively with
the College administration, faculty and staff to implement grant proposals
from inception to submission, works with project leaders and teams to write
and submit program reports for funders and tracks due dates for all grants and
Essential Job Responsibilities:
Performs research on foundations, non-profit corporations, and government
agencies to evaluate prospective grants; identifies grant opportunities
online and through other sources.
Collaborates with the College administration, faculty researchers and
Advancement Team in identifying fundraising needs and priorities; develops
grant-related fundraising goals and strategies; establishes realistic and
achievable timelines; remains current with fundraising trends and serves
as a resource on successful development activities, techniques, and
Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to
prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations, non-profit
corporations, and government agencies.
Assumes primary responsibility for development and execution of proposals;
writes and archives proposals with a long-term relationship-management
approach. Negotiates and navigates internal collaborations including
working with individuals in the Business Office, the Provost's Office and
various academic departments.
Coordinates the completion of grant proposals, including, but not limited
to, budgeting, adding supportive documentation, and writing portions of a
grant as needed.
Maintains proposal calendar, including cultivation activities and reports
to ensure that all applications and reporting deadlines are met.
Monitors and reports regularly on the progress of the grants development.
Must have high energy and passion for the SMWC mission.
Assists with other fundraising projects and team functions as requested.
Bachelor's degree in writing, English, philanthropy, communications,
marketing, business administration, or related field; Master's degree
Minimum of 1 year of professional experience in a nonprofit organization;
demonstrated success in a development function (identifying and
evaluating potential funding opportunities and relationships) and grant
writing; in higher education highly preferred. Proven track record in
securing new funding opportunities.
Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for grant and prospect
research, comprehensive knowledge of research and the ability to
distinguish and identify funding opportunities for special programs.
Flexible and adaptable style; a professional and resourceful style; the
ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative,
and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a
team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of
seniority within and outside the Center.
Outstanding written communication skills and editing skills; ability to
write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals.
Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan
work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational
and time-management skills.
Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information
effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations. Must
possess a demonstrated attention to detail to achieve a high degree of
Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel. Skills
with Raiser's Edge preferred.