REPORTS TO: Vice President of Development and Communications
STATUS: Exempt, salaried, full time
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
ABOUT ALL CHICAGO:
All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness through emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data analytics, and training and research. Learn more at allchicago.org.
Our Emergency Fund program provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness or another serious emergency. We quickly provide payments on a person’s behalf for things like rent, utilities, or even bus passes.
Through our Community Partnerships program, we serve as the backbone of Chicago’s city-wide response to homelessness. We partner with 44 agencies and lead them through a year-round research, evaluation, strategic planning, and federal funding application process.
We manage the Homeless Management Information System database, which contains data on Chicagoans experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and the services they receive. Our team supports more than 900 individual users at 89 partner agencies with training, reports, and helpdesk services. We analyze and disseminate the data to drive discussion, set strategy, and make policy and funding decisions on the federal and local levels.
We provide trainings, workshops, research, and analysis to help our partners apply proven strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago even more effectively.
The Grants Manager is a key member of the five-member Development and Communications team. The position is primarily responsible for All Chicago’s grants (non-government) and cultivating and managing relationships with all of the institutional donors. This includes managing the entire grants process from prospecting to proposal writing, to managing a robust grants calendar of 50+ funders to reporting, to arranging funder visits. This position helps capture impact, quantitatively and qualitatively, in collaboration with the leadership and program teams. This position is also responsible for prospecting and cultivating foundation relationships. This position must handle multiple projects and requests simultaneously in an ever-changing nonprofit environment.
Additionally, this position partners directly with the other development team members to foster a culture of philanthropy across the organization as a whole by meaningfully engaging other staff and board members in development efforts.
Fund Development – 80%
Manage the foundation and corporate grants process for the organization
Write and submit all proposals, LOI’s and required grant reports; work with Program and Finance Departments to compile necessary data and financials
Create, monitor and maintain a grants management system, including electronic files, and calendar of activities
Research grant opportunities and grant-making organizations to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs
Create annual grant proposal and report templates; write and edit grant proposals
Collect, analyze and maintain evaluative and anecdotal data from outside sources, evaluators, other professionals, policy makers, etc. to assist with solicitation
Work closely with Vice President of Development & Communications to execute fund development strategies and activities specific to foundations and corporations
Leverage Vice President of Development & Communications in relationship-building opportunities
Create stewardship pieces for foundation program officers.
Marketing & Communications – 10%
Collaborate as needed with Development and Program teams on multi-department projects, including the Annual Report, newsletters, website content, online giving, and other donor and constituency communications.
Strategic Planning & Operations – 10%
Monitor revenue projections and track relevant goals and outcomes
Actively participate in department and staff meetings
Work closely with the team to execute fundraising and communications strategies with excellence
Complete and execute yearly individual plan
Adhere to strategic plan objectives, as assigned during performance review process
Other duties as assigned by Vice President of Development & Communications.
Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to preventing and ending homelessness in Chicago and will have the following:
Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, or journalism or equivalent degree or experience
A minimum of three years of experience in grant writing, cultivating funders, and prospect research
Proven ability to manage a portfolio of at least 20-25 funder relationships. Knowledge of local foundations funders preferred
Excellent professional writing, research, and verbal communications skills
Ability to analyze and organize program evaluation data (quantitative and qualitative) for external audiences
Proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, database spreadsheets and Internet research; donor database experience needed (Raisers Edge preferred)
Demonstrated skill in time management and project management
Strong work ethic and integrity. Goal-oriented and results-driven.
Strong interpersonal skills, professional presence, and ability to interact with a diverse audience
Passion for inclusivity and diversity, and interest in being part of a multicultural team.
Work place is a smoke- and drug-free environment
Intermittent travel to off-site locations required
Position requires frequent and regular computer and phone use
This position requires attendance during regular business hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Occasional night and weekend hours are required a few times a year
All Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. All Chicago does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. All Chicago is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.
Please apply online with cover letter addressing our stated qualifications, resume, and your salary range requirement in Microsoft Word or PDF format only
Incomplete applications will not be considered
Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Position begins as soon as possible. No phone calls, please.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package (with some employee contributions) includes medical, dental, vision insurance, and disability. Employer-matched retirement plan. Generous paid leave.
About All Chicago Making Homelessness History
On any given night, nearly 6,000 Chicagoans don’t have a place to call home. Tens of thousands more are just one unexpected setback away from joining them. Together, we can ensure that all our neighbors have stable homes. All Chicago collaboratively addresses the complex issue of homelessness through our four signature approaches.
The Emergency Fund provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness or another serious emergency. We quickly provide payments on a person’s behalf for things like rent, utilities, or even bus passes.
2016 Impact: We served 3,195 households, including more than 1,350 children, with $2.7 million. 94% of clients surveyed reported being housed at the time of follow up, and 88% of clients surveyed reported that the financial assistance resolved their crisis.
Continuum of Care
The Continuum of Care is a membership group that strategizes and plans a coordinated, comprehensive approach to providing housing and services for people experiencing homelessness. We drive Chicago’s city-wide response to homelessness by providing leadership to Chicago’s Continuum of Care through a year-round ...research, evaluation, strategic planning, and federal funding application process.
2016 Impact: We secured $65 million in federal funding for 164 projects and staffed 20 stakeholder committees. Overall, Chicago’s homelessness decreased 13% from 2015 to 2016.
Homeless Management Information System
We manage the Homeless Management Information System database, which contains local data on people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and the services they receive. We ensure data quality by supporting more than 900 individual users at 89 partner agencies with training, reports, and helpdesk services.
2016 Impact: We analyzed and disseminated the data to drive discussion, set strategy, and make policy and funding decisions on the federal and local levels. The data is a critical component of the Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative, which has housed more than 2,300 veterans since 2015.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center provides trainings, workshops, tools, and research to help our partners apply proven strategies to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago even more effectively.
2016 Impact: We hosted 42 trainings for more than 900 attendees on topics such as Legal Issues for Homeless Youth. We participated in Notre Dame’s research study proving that emergency financial assistance lowers instances of homelessness by 76%.