Science World British Columbia is a charitable organization that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership throughout our province.
As a member of the Development Team, this position encompasses the roles of a Grant Writer and a Prospect Researcher, and is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to raise private and public sector funds, conduct research for new funding sources and persuasively communicate the priorities of Science World to potential funders and donors. Reporting to the Vice President Development, the Grant and Research Development Officer will assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation and government contacts, conduct prospect research for the team and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines for all current and future grants.
The Grant and Research Development Officer will develop financial and activity targets for his/her portfolio and also share responsibility for case statement development, database and records maintenance, and proposal preparation, both in support of the Vice President and the team, as well as for direct constituencies and project responsibilities.
The ideal candidate will have a strong familiarity with foundation and grant preparation along with a track record of success in securing and stewarding donor support.
- Performs researches into grant making opportunities on municipal, provincial, federal, corporate, and private/family foundations
- Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to research, prepare, write and submit, and manage grant proposals to all potential funding sources
- Assembles and submits grant requests, including letters of inquiry, proposals, budgets and presentations
- Develops an annual work plan that includes strategies, activities, financial targets and timelines
- Establishes and maintains personal contact and relationships with funders
- Ensures prompt acknowledgement of government and foundation gifts, individual contribution letters and all donation acknowledgements
- Maintains a current calendar and records in Raiser’s Edge to track activities, manage pipeline, and report on status
- Prioritizes projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals
- Tracks statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship
- Liaises with the other Science World internal departments as needed for proposal preparation
- Conducts prospect research for other team members and stays current on prospective donors and the marketplace
- Prepares briefing and debriefing notes for donor/prospect calls
- Participates in overall department strategies to continue to enhance overall donor relations
- Participates in the planning and implementation of fundraising and stewardship events
- Other duties as assigned
- University degree or equivalent combination of education, training and experience
- Minimum 3 years fundraising experience. Experience in grant writing and research is a must
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong ability to write clear, structure, articulate and persuasive grants
- Strong fundraising writing, editing and excellent grammar skills
- Sound knowledge of fundraising, donor cycle strategies, and capital campaigns
- Attention to detail and excellent organizational and planning abilities
- Able to manage multiple projects, timelines, and priorities with proven success
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Proficient in MS Office programs, fundraising and research databases (Raisers Edge, Grant Connect, Noza) and in conducting internet research
– All offers are subject to satisfactory completion of reference and police criminal record checks –
Please apply by Monday November 30, 2015 via the Science World careers portal: http://www.scienceworld.ca/jobs
* We would like to thank all candidates. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. *
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The mission of WISH is to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade. WISH puts its mission into action by operating an overnight drop-in centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where women can meet their basic needs (hot meals, showers, clothing, nursing care, and personal items), receive individualized support, referrals and resource information, and find a non-judgmental community and participate in programs that engage their spirits, hearts and minds.
The Drop-in Centre is a women-only space.
The Director of Fund Development reports to the Executive Director and works closely with WISH staff and the Board’s Fundraising Committee. She is responsible for creating and implementing a communications and development plan that details how the organization solicits donors and identifies funding sources such as grants, donations and in-kind donations, charitable events and marketing opportunities.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop an annual fundraising plan with the Executive Director to set fundraising targets, with a focus on grant writing, identification of prospective donors, and donor stewardship.
- Research and write grant applications, reports and other correspondence for prospective and current government, foundation and corporate funders.
- Identify, research and qualify prospective donors.
- Liaise with Program Coordinators to ensure that funding agreements and reporting requirements are being met.
- Manage the organization’s online presence (Facebook, Twitter and website) and use social media to support fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives.
- Research, write articles, and coordinate distribution of the WISH newsletter, news releases and other communications initiatives.
- Ensure a steady flow of proposals, reports and stewardship information for current and prospective funders, on a demanding schedule.
- Produce an in–house annual appeal to individual donors using word and Raiser’s Edge (must be able to perform mail merges and segment data).
- Develop and implement campaigns to reach new prospects, targeted by sector.
- Work with the Executive Director, Board Fundraising Committee and others to develop and implement a variety of fundraising strategies to approach new prospective donors and deepen relationships with current donors.
- Manage contacts and gift information in Raiser’s Edge.
- Adhere to the guiding principles and policies of WISH.
- Undertake fundraising-related duties as needed.
- Minimum 3-5 years fundraising and grant writing experience in a nonprofit environment.
- Strong experience and working knowledge of the BC funding landscape is a significant asset.
- Demonstrated experience securing 5-figure + gifts.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Publisher).
- Demonstrated proficiency in Raiser’s Edge: Must be able to generate queries, import data and other functions related to producing in-house direct mail appeals.
- Ability to communicate persuasively and diplomatically on paper and in person, with a variety of audiences ranging from government funders to individual supporters and community groups.
- Proficiency in social media: Facebook, Twitter and Mailchimp.
- Strong web content writing skills and a working knowledge of WordPress (to update website) is an asset.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including presentation and facilitation skills.
- Self-directed, deadline-oriented, organized and motivated.
- Experience developing and analyzing budgets and financial statements.
- Proven ability to understand and communicate complex issues.
- Proven ability to develop and cultivate community partnerships and relationships.
- Positive, forward thinking, enthusiastic attitude.
- Experience working in the Downtown Eastside or comparable community is an asset.
- Flexibility to perform other job requirements as assigned.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule that will allow for the occasional evening and weekend work.
- AFP membership is an asset.
COMPENSATION & WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Excellent benefits package including employee insurance (medical, dental, life, accident and long term disability, MSP) following a three-month waiting period.
- We offer a welcoming, team-based office culture in a location that is close to transit.
- This is a full-time, permanent position with an annual salary range of $50,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience.
- Deadline for application: 5pm on November 27, 2015.
- Please submit a resume and cover letter to WISH Hiring Committee to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate “Application for Director of Fund Development” in the subject line.
- In your cover letter, please produce a 100-word piece of original writing answering this question: “Why would someone support WISH?”
We encourage all qualified individuals to apply and thank all those who do. Aboriginal women and women from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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