IFyou love to write, want to make an impact, enjoy collaborating with a team, but can work independently – this is a position for you! We are looking for someone who is detail-oriented, deadline driven, with good interpersonal skills and a drive to play a key role in growing organization. We are a private, non-profit agency, located in Newton, Massachusetts, which serves persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.
Reporting to the Director of Development, The Carroll Center for the Blind seeks a Grants & Foundations Specialist to be responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of foundation gifts. As a member of a dynamic and growing Development team, this person plays a central role in developing and implementing stewardship plans for the Foundations. The Grants & Foundations Specialist will work closely with the Director of Development, President, Board members, and Sr. Staff to ensure corporate and foundation grant goals are met each fiscal year.
The Grants & Foundations Specialist writes and edits funding requests including letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, reports and grant applications (this includes a current portfolio as well as new opportunities); manages the grant process from identification to submission including production of proposal materials, such as cover letters, narratives, application forms, project budgets, photographs and maps, board & staff lists; maintains the grant calendar and keeps our database updated with proposals and all communications; works closely with funders to define proposal and report strategies; actively researches funding opportunities, cultivates and stewards process, including tracking communications in the funding database; ensures key deliverables are submitted to donors on time, meeting internal/external deadlines; represents the Carroll Center for the Blind externally with significant foundation funders and foundation prospects on phone calls, face-to face meetings and site visits. Prepares the lead or participates in these meetings, and other cultivation and solicitation activity; Develops comprehensive cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a designated portfolio of foundation funders, and independently implements and adjusts these strategies over the course of the year to meet annual revenue goals; Maximizes value of foundation partnerships and identifies opportunities to creatively broaden/secure new and lapsed organizational relationships with corporate/public sector in a timely manner; provides writing support to Director of Development as needed; performs other relevant duties as needed to support the Development team and department goals.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. 2-4 years of experience in a Development environment with a successful track record of generating significant grant revenue from foundations and corporations. Specialized knowledge of foundation fundraising best practices, proposal development and donor solicitation is a must. Exemplary verbal/written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, the ability to execute program objectives and persuasively impart The Carroll Center for the Blind’s mission and needed resources to potential donors is essential. Strong working knowledge of best practices in donor recognition and data management required. Must have the ability to work additional hours as needed to make grant deadlines. Clear understanding and comfort with using Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Sheets, and Google Docs. Raiser’s Edge experience desirable.
The Carroll Center for the Blind offers competitive salaries, a generous benefits package and parking.
Qualified candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter and writing sample.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
About The Carroll Center for the Blind
The Carroll Center for the Blind empowers those who are blind and visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. The Carroll Center serves all ages by providing campus based rehabilitation, technology instruction, community orientation and mobility as well as itinerant education and mobility services to children.