The August Wilson African American Cultural Center seeks an organized and enthusiastic development professional to support the Center’s development efforts as Grants and Development Manager. The position is responsible for the management of grants and various development services, including gift processing, benefit fulfillment and prospect research. The candidate will report directly to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
The Grants and Development Manager will identify funding opportunities and generate awards; research and write grant proposals; work collaboratively with other AWAACC staff to seek potential sponsors for programming; and assist with the stewardship of all sources of corporate, foundation, and governmental giving. The Grants and Development Manager will coordinate the development of grant proposals across departments and support the development of concepts for funding proposals which align with the strategic plan of the AWAACC. Timely fulfillment of all grant award reporting requirements will be a key role of the Grants and Development Manager.
The position is also responsible for directly managing the processing, tracking and benefit fulfillment related to individual giving and gala sponsorships; gift processing and ensuring that all gifts are acknowledged in a timely fashion; checking all gift and membership batches for accuracy; and managing the VP for Institutional Advancement’s requests for prospect research.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Stewarding foundation and corporate relationships through ongoing communications
Writing proposals, preparing grant applications, and gathering supporting documents
Maintaining and implementing a calendar of funding activities including due dates and impact report timelines
Researching and identifying new government, corporate, foundations and private funding prospects
Identifying funding opportunities and new program areas to match client’s priorities, using relevant research tools
Communicating with appropriate funding staff prior to submission of proposals
Writing and ensuring the timely submission of final reports
Supporting by providing oversight, managing workflow, reviewing outputs, and assisting staff members in the timely fulfillment of goals
Monitoring the accuracy and timely acknowledgement of sponsors, donors and members, and the fulfillment of appropriate benefits
Ensuring the consistent and appropriate use of software and program systems
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Education/ Experience Required:
Minimum five to seven years’ experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
Skills and Abilities Required:
Excellent written communication skills, ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
Solid computer skills; knowledge of constituent management and donor management systems
Tessitura product experience highly desirable
Excellent editing skills and attention to detail
Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies including proposal writing and donor stewardship
Strong knowledge and familiarity with techniques for fundraising prospect research
Strong knowledge of interpreting and analyzing diverse data
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Experience and skills in the use of basic software including MS Word, PowerPoint, Publishers, etc.
Ability to train and motivate staff and volunteers
Ability to work in non-profit environment; demonstrate flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities
Handle a large variety of complex tasks and prioritizing workflow in a fast-paced office environment
Ability to establish and manage effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and members of the public; exercise tact and diplomacy with colleagues and donors; demonstrate an understanding of protocol and sensitivity to cultural diversity issues
Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and special event hours as necessary
About August Wilson African American Cultural Center
The mission of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center is to be a home for the arts, storytelling, learning and exchange around the African American experience and the rich culture of the African diaspora.