Grants and Communications Specialist
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About the Position
The Grants and Communications Specialist will play a strategic role in the ongoing growth of the Philanthropy Department at Goodwill by supporting fundraising and relationship-building efforts with key donors, foundations, and corporations. The role requires a broad range of communications skills and will be responsible for writing proposals, impact reports, grant applications, print and digital solicitations, stewardship pieces, and an integrated mix of strategic donor communications that equip the Philanthropy Team to achieve campaign and annual revenue targets. This role is responsible for creating written work that amplifies the voices of our students and community and tells the story of Evergreen Goodwill’s mission. This critical work will build lifelong philanthropic relationships and demonstrate the impact of philanthropic investment.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
- Drive results by working with the Philanthropy team and Mission team to acquire a deep understanding of the value proposition and the specific initiatives that we are seeking funds to support.
- Develop proposals and grant applications that inspire donors and funders to action by effectively and successfully synthesizing Evergreen Goodwill’s Case for Support, prospect research profiles, and mission and program information.
- Work strategically across departments in co-creating compelling donor opportunities.
- Develop impact reports and stewardship materials that build trust and motivate donors to higher giving levels by satisfying all donor expectations and requirements captured in gift agreements or contracts. Compellingly demonstrate how donor support has made a meaningful and measurable difference in Goodwill’s mission.
- Write, coordinate, and advise on letters, presentations, and print and digital communications that are community-centric, accurate, impact-focused, persuasive, original, and contribute to building transformational, life-long philanthropic relationships.
- Ensure all Philanthropy donor communications are error-free, adhere to all applicable style guides, and generally meet the highest possible standards for donor communications.
- Research, write, and submit grant proposals, letters of inquiry, and reports to corporate and foundation funders.
- Research, identify, and prioritize potential funding opportunities.
- Conduct outreach to potential funders and develop relationships to achieve fundraising goals.
- Manage grant timelines to ensure deadlines are met.
- Update and maintain current funder records in DonorPerfect database.
- Responsible for fundraising goals associated with Philanthropy Department grants and works collaboratively with team to meet all fundraising goals.
- Work collaboratively with Philanthropy team and other internal and external partners.
- Maintain the highest level of confidentiality related to partner information.
- Demonstrate safe work practices through awareness and observation in support of a safety culture; reports any potential hazards or accidents.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements (Qualifications for the job under the Americans with Disabilities Act)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Strong persuasive writing skills, with a demonstrated track record of success in developing successful proposals.
- Organized, detail-oriented, and able to produce high quality work under tight deadlines.
- Adept at prioritizing deliverables, with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Strong ability to understand and synthesize technical information into clear, concise and compelling donor communications.
- Ability to communicate and interact effectively across departments and at all levels of the organization.
- Knowledge of Association of Fundraising Professionals best practices, including the Donor Bill of Rights.
- Exceptional ability to organize work, follow through on projects, anticipate project needs, function independently as well as part of a team, and work effectively with staff and volunteers.
- A commitment to Evergreen Goodwill’s mission.
- Skilled to intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams).
- Skilled in fundraising software (DonorPerfect a plus)
- Ability to learn new technology and software as related to the job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required sit for long periods of time, communicate with other employees by talking and hearing, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 15 pounds and to operate computer systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Able to communicate with others effectively both verbally and written, including those who have limited English skills. Maintain reliable attendance.
Essential Mental/Sensory Abilities:
- Problem solving
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Attention to detail
- Time management and multi-tasking
Work Environment: Office environment, moderate noise level. Must have reliable transportation, as this position requires travel to offsite meetings and events. Able to work a flexible schedule that may include occasional nights and weekends.
$55,000 – $63,000
We believe in the potential of individuals to make positive changes in their lives. We believe that education and training empower people to make those changes. Our vision for the communities we serve is that each person is able to choose rewarding employment, financial security and the experience of educational achievement. We are committed to creating and sustaining a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We embrace our employees’ differences, acknowledge, and support our collective responsibility.