Director of Grants
TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit whose mission is to engage, inspire and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable, and to share the process as a model for the world.
TreePeople is among the largest independent environmental organizations in California. Sustained by a staff of educators, foresters, community organizers and administrators as well as thousands of trained community leaders, TreePeople has played, and will continue to play, a leading role in mobilizing Angelenos, businesses and public agencies to work together to create resilient urban communities capable of withstanding the mounting challenges of climate change and water insecurity.
The Grant Writer furthers the fundraising goals of the organization by researching and writing foundation, corporate and government grants. The Grant Writer is an active member of the Development Department.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Proposal Writing: initiate an estimated 50 grant documents for corporate, foundation and government sources for annual support, related to any or all stages of gift development and funder relationship.
- Lead and/or support project design development with program staff appropriate to proposal development, as assigned by Director of Grants.
- Work with Director of Grants, program and accounting staff to properly represent current program activities and costs in proposals
- Research, cultivate and steward new and existing funder relationships, including attending cultivation events as needed.
- Provide support and guidance as needed to Director of Grants and Grants Assistant on grant reports and record-keeping.
- Support special campaigns and initiatives by preparing proposals and reports as directed by Chief Development Officer
- Participate in TreePeople events as requested by Director of Grants.
BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS RELATIONSHIPS
- Demonstrate the ability to respond with urgency to the needs and requests of others, internally and externally and ensure a high degree of responsiveness to all donors without regard to their giving level.
- Maintain constructive relationships and demonstrate respect for everyone contacted.
PROBLEM SOLVING –
- Deal constructively with conflict and focus on the situation or issue and not on the person.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS
- 1-3 years-experience in proposal development and writing, with evidence of successful funding, building funder relationships and high-volume output
- Strong computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Windows, Outlook, database, online research
- Strong written, verbal and presentation skills
- College degree or equivalent experience
- Desired: education and/or experience in the environmental field (water, forestry, urban sustainability), civic engagement, policy or a combination thereof.
WAGES AND BENEFITS
This is a full time position with benefits.