Book Trust is a national early literacy 501(c)3 organization that helps elementary school children with little or no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners. With Book Trust, students learn the power of choice and pride of ownership, motivating them to succeed. Book Trust believes that when children have access to books, we create a world in which literacy removes barriers and provides children the tools to navigate life successfully, bridging the opportunity gap. In the 2018-2019 school year, Book Trust is poised to provide 1 million+ books to 57,000 underserved students. We collaborate with Scholastic Publishing, School Districts, and Teachers to deliver our program in 21 states across the country.
The Grants Manager position on the Development Team is primarily responsible for researching, developing and writing proposals, managing data, timelines and reports for Book Trust funders and partners in order to support program activities at the organization. Contract and database management, with attention to details and deadlines is key.
Act as lead writer on all grant proposals; lead research & data gathering for proposals
Research grant and contract opportunities
Interpret funding agency guidelines for Senior Director of Philanthropy and Book Trust Leadership
Craft, review and edit Letters of Intent, abstracts, and full proposals, including budgets
Analyze potential funding opportunities and provide guidance on pursuing RFPs; ensure alignment with Book Trust priorities, strategic plan, and other considerations
Provide supporting documentation to Leadership regarding upcoming RFPs including proposal abstracts, recommendations about pursuing solicitations, and researching supporting proposals
Provide monthly grant and contact activity reports and updates; assume responsibility as assigned, work collaboratively with Finance and Program staff
Collect and manage reporting data and program service delivery information for all assigned contract/grant reporting (monthly, bi-annual, annual, and final)
Develop & implement report procedures in keeping with grant/contract guidelines
Create & refine reporting and data tracking systems for current and future grants/contracts
Collaborate closely with Program staff to obtain timely reporting content
Manage all electronic reporting portals and other web-based reporting systems; with particular focus on attention to details
Other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business administration, communications or related field.
3+ years experience writing grant proposals.
Demonstrates a passion for the organization’s mission.
Knowledge of and experience with not-for-profit revenue streams, philanthropic contributions, including corporate and government funding.
Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented focus.
An effective and open communicator, with high-level oral and writing skills.
A sense of humor and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
Knowledge of relationship databases are a plus, particularly DPO.
Experience implementing grant documentation systems and reporting procedures
Knowledge and experience in developing grant-funded budgets and tracking all reporting requirements/timelines
Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Excel.
Demonstrated experience in developing and sustaining collaborative working relationships
Demonstrated ability to organize work load, maintain several projects of equal priority at once, and sustain productivity and accuracy under pressure
Understanding of working with and maintaining confidential information
Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to success.
Professional and mature demeanor with strong ethical standards and ability to adapt to change
About Book Trust
Why We’re Here
At Book Trust, all our work revolves around a single, sad fact: There are thousands of children in America who would like nothing better than to read, but have no books.
It might seem surprising that so many kids in one of the wealthiest nations in the world can’t get their hands on a simple two-dollar book. But the picture is pretty stark – in low-income areas, there is just 1 book for every 300 children.
How We Work
We empower kids from low-income families to choose and buy their own books, all through the school year. And our focus on book choice and ownership is no accident. Studies show that children are much more likely to read books that they choose, and having books at home brings proven benefits. We’re all about helping kids build home libraries full of books they want to read, and helping teachers use those books in the classroom to build healthy habits of reading and learning.
Best of all, our approach really works. Over a school year, the percentage of Book Trust students reading at grade level jumps from 31 percent to 59 percent.
Each year, Book Trust grows and helps more students. Funded entirely by generous donations, th...is year we will deliver 1 million books to 57,000 kids in 21 states. That’s a big number, but there are always more children needing our support. And we will keep on working to reach greater numbers every year.