Position Summary: The position’s primary responsibility is to develop and implement the campus strategy for raising funds from corporate and foundation sources. This person works closely with individual faculty and departments to match programming needs and external funding opportunities with the institutional priorities determined by North Park leadership.
The role serves as the primary relationship manager for corporate and foundation prospects. Both independently and in coordination with faculty and staff, he/she researches, develops and writes grant proposals. The position is responsible for responding with timeliness, accuracy and complete follow through in the process of grantsmanship. He/she also takes a proactive role in researching funding opportunities that assist in shaping and fulfilling institutional mission, providing faculty with education and coordination in the protocol of grant development and expanding research on potential corporate/foundation support.
This position staffs the Vice President for Advancement, the President, the Provost and other appropriate North Park personnel in work with corporation and foundation solicitations. He/she determines appropriate solicitation strategies, schedules visits and makes solicitation calls and provides oversight to fundraising for special projects. He/she shapes proposals, track progress of funded activities, provides appropriate stewardship of funds and reports back to all appropriate parties on the status of grants.
Foundation and Corporate Relations
Manage the institutional grantsmanship process including developing and gaining approval for a well-coordinated process, establishing and maintaining a protocol for grant development, management and stewardship for all grants received, providing educational workshops for faculty and staff on how to utilize process, and overseeing the preparation and submission of funding proposals including the tracking of all contacts with potential funders and proposal status.
Maintain accurate documentation of all working requests, visits, contacts, prospects, and programs.
Track individual donor status, i.e. strategy, calls, visits, gifts, moves management, in Raiser’s Edge.
Serve as a resource to North Park leadership, faculty and administrative staff in the corporate and foundation fundraising process.
Suggest effective strategies for prospect cultivation and solicitation through analysis of giving guidelines of foundations and corporations.
Brief appropriate personnel with information needed for cultivation and solicitation purposes.
Give oversight to the stewardship of grant funds by providing information to all program participants regarding condition of grants, tracking expenditures, and working with program coordinators to develop and send reports.
Interface with corporate and foundation staff regarding the proposal and application process.
Identify and research corporate, foundation, and government funding prospects to determine potential funding matches.
Write grant proposals for corporate and foundation support as approved by North Park leadership.
Work with faculty and staff to develop ideas for grant proposals and then assist faculty in writing grant proposals.
Assemble the data for approved grant proposals, match against grant criteria, prepare and send proposals, manage correspondence, track progress of programs and provide accurate and timely reporting.
Write timely reports to corporations, foundations, and government funders for grants received.
Assist in maintaining corporate and foundation files.
On an as-needed basis, conduct research on relevant financial and biographical information for various constituents and constituent groups, prospective donors, trustees, and high level volunteers, and provide analysis of findings to inform cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Work with Gift Officers to handle research requests on individuals or groups within their regions when necessary.
Three to five years proven experience in related areas, preferably grant writing and corporate and foundation relations.
A Bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
Superb written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Personal commitment and ability to appreciate, support, and effectively articulate North Park’s Christian liberal arts mission.
Highly motivated, self-starter with a drive to identify viable funding options and secure grants
Strong planning and organization skills, ability to think creatively and proactively.
Experience working with Raiser’s Edge database.
Ability to work independently, but also function as part of a team.
Effective Date: June 2019
NOTE: Nothing in this job description restricts the supervisor’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
About North Park University
Located on Chicago’s north side, North Park offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate academic programs to more than 3,000 students from across the country and around the world. Graduate programs in business, nursing, education, community development, and theology augment North Park’s traditionally strong undergraduate programs in the humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. North Park is a Christian university in an urban setting widely recognized for its principled approach to academics and for its experienced, nurturing faculty.