American Farmland Trust seeks a Manager of Institutional Giving. The Manager reports to the Senior Director of Institutional Giving and works with program colleagues and the Institutional Giving team to raise financial support from Foundation, Corporate and Government sources for AFT’s national and regional/field programs.
Working with program staff and under the direction of the Senior Director of Institutional Giving, the Manager will identify relevant funding opportunities across a spectrum of appropriate Foundations, Corporations and Government prospects; quickly apprise appropriate colleagues of these opportunities, their deadlines, and salient factors needing to be considered; provide strategic recommendations to colleagues desiring to submit applications; assist in writing and editing proposals, and provide technical support with all aspects of the application process and submission, as well as tracking report deadlines and assisting program staff with writing and submitting reports in a timely manner. These duties may include managing a defined regional portfolio of prospects, writing proposals, strategizing with program and development staff on how to raise funds for the organization’s top priorities, and supporting the President and other senior leadership to maximize support from Institutional sources.
The position requires a skillful, enthusiastic writer with strong analytical abilities, strategic thinking, and impeccable organization and attention to detail. The Manager must be a strong communicator and have the ability to coordinate a team to successfully develop winning proposals. Demonstrated commitment to conservation and knowledge of farmland conservation issues is preferred, but not required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in securing grants/contracts from Foundations, Corporations, and State and/or Federal Government sources.
This is a mid-level development position. Success in this position necessitates:
- Knowledge of institutional funding and what is required to grants/contracts.
- Knowledge of AFT’s issues and programs and ability to visualize where AFT’s programs may reflect specific governmental requests for applications.
- Excellent strategic and writing skills, and ability to develop/edit proposals that are clear, concise, and compelling while strictly adhering to funder guidelines and proposal requirements.
- Experience in preparing/editing reports to funders, and ability to work with program staff to aid them in submitting excellent reports in a timely manner.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion with funder research and records.
- Skill in web-based research, and preferably knowledge of prospect research methodologies.
- Demonstrated team player with commitment to the mission, philosophy and values of AFT and interest in some aspect of agriculture or related environmental fields.
- Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail.
- Strong computer skills for managing, tracking, and disseminating (as needed) all critical information. Many institutional grants require on-line applications, so experience in this would be helpful as well.
- Confidence in using databases (experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred), both entry and analysis, to track information.
- Knowledge of project budgets and ability to review/proof budget information, as well as compare numbers to work in proposal narratives.
Applications and Inquiries:
Please see additional information and qualifications by visiting: http://www.farmland.org/ManagerInstitutionalGiving
To apply, send cover letter, salary requirements, resume and three writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org