The American Bar Foundation (ABF) seeks a full-time grants officer to add to its development staff.
About the ABF
Located in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, the American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent international research institute committed to empirical, interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The ABF offers a rich intellectual community of scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, and staff have ample opportunities to interact with ABF scholars and attend research presentations, such as a weekly Wednesday seminar series. The ABF offers a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees that includes generous paid time off, health insurance, and retirement.
About this position
The Grants Officer is responsible for identifying, writing, preparing, and administering proposals for research grants, unrestricted operating revenue and restricted program/projects, and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all grant funded projects. The Grants Officer is also expected to conduct outreach in support of prospecting, including proactively targeting potential sources of funding, working with the development team to generate a strategy in support of prospecting, and engaging in activities in support of prospecting, including using email, phone, and internet research to introduce ABF to new sources of grant funding and to develop and nourish relationships with potential grantors.
This position reports to the Director of Development, and can also expect to take direction from senior managers and the Executive Director. This position will work with other members of the development, Fellows, and communications departments, and work closely with the finance team on budgets related to grant applications and compliance reporting. The successful candidate will be part of a development team that will increase and diversify the foundation’s funding portfolio.
This position is highly responsible and depends on maintaining confidentiality and discretion in all areas of foundation business.
Perform prospect research on foundations, federal agencies, and corporations to evaluate prospective funding opportunities, and proactively conduct outreach to new and potential grantors through emails, phone calls, and ongoing communications with target contacts.
Collaborate with principal investigators, senior management, and external partners in building comprehensive grant applications.
Provide guidance to principal investigators on how to best align funder requirements to each specific grant application.
Develop customized budgets, in collaboration with finance team and principal investigators, which meet the specific objectives of the project and adhere to Foundation policies and application requirements.
Review grant application components for grammar, typographical errors, consistency, and formatting in conformance with application requirements.
Assemble and submit grant applications.
Serve as primary liaison between principal investigators and funders for the management of pre-and post-award matters. Review and monitor compliance with contractual award terms, federal grant management regulations, and institutional policies and procedures.
Comply with all grant reporting requirements as required by funders.
Maintain current records in database and in paper files.
Identify, track and analyze key metrics on grant activity and impact for internal and external reports.
Maintain calendar of all grant-related activities.
Assist in stewardship of current donors, working with Director of Development and Director of The Fellows to provide regular written updates to individual, corporate and foundation donors.
Understand institutional history and programs.
Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.
Knowledge and Skills:
Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive grant applications.
Strong verbal communication skills, and the ability to interact with senior academics from multiple social science disciplines.
Ability to quickly comprehend a wide range of issues at the intersection of law and society.
Strong editing skills.
Attention to detail.
Ability to manage priorities and to meet deadlines.
Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
Experience with proposal writing.
Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for prospect research.
Strong contributor in team environments.
Entrepreneurial nature; creative thinker willing to work regularly with faculty in grant writing.
Raisers’ Edge knowledge a plus.
Minimum of two years’ experience with grant writing
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in law or social sciences (MA, JD, PhD) preferred
Previous experience with non-profit fundraising
Demonstrated success in identifying funding opportunities and grant proposal writing
Experience working in deadline-driven environments
Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
Able to monitor and help to meet revenue goals
Able to communicate clearly and effectively with academic scholars from a wide range of social science disciplines
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open cabinets, and bend or stand as necessary.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time exempt position. Generally, days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a 1-hour lunch period. Occasional work outside of these hours is expected in connection with Foundation events, such as occasional travel to NSF conferences, or participation in Board meetings.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
The ABF is firmly committed to providing equal employment opportunities. All decisions regarding the terms, privileges, and/or conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, classification, grading, recruitment, discharge, discipline, compensation, selection for training or apprenticeship, promotion, renewal of employment, tenure or terms, and benefits, will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, housing status, parental status, source of income, certain arrest or criminal history records, genetic information, protected activity (such as opposition to or reporting of prohibited discrimination or harassment), or any other status or classification protected by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. The ABF prohibits discrimination, retaliation, and harassment of individuals on any of the bases listed above and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and/or local law.
To receive consideration, please send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to email@example.com as follows:
Email subject line: Grants Officer American Bar Foundation 750 North Lake Shore Drive 4th floor Chicago, IL 60611 No phone calls, please.
About American Bar Foundation
Located in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is a nonprofit, independent international research institute committed to empirical and interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The research program is conducted by a residential and external research faculty of leading scholars who are appointed full time at the ABF or jointly with Chicago-area universities. The research program is supported by an annual grant from the American Bar Endowment, contributions from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and other supporters, and grants for specific projects from government agencies and private foundations. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of practicing lawyers, judges, and law professors whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession.