The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of youth conservation volunteers, has an exciting opportunity in our Advancement Department. America’s #1 youth conservation service organization seeks a Foundation Relations Specialist in one of our following regional offices, Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; or Pittsburgh, PA.
The Foundation Relations Specialist is responsible for securing grant funding by maintaining relations and fulfilling proposal and reporting requirements with current foundation partners. Identify and research potential foundation partners and develop a pipeline of long-term foundation support. Manage a portfolio of donors, including writing grant proposals and reports, preparing budgets and financial reports.
Essential Functions (90% of time):
Meet revenue targets for a defined portfolio of foundation donors and prospects. Identify funding opportunities and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of those;
Write compelling grant proposals, concept papers, letters of inquiry, reports, and acknowledgement letters for foundations;
Prepare financial information, including budgets and financial reports, in collaboration with program and finance staff;
Engage in meetings with funders and prepare meeting materials and talking points for visits to funders;
Research and vet foundation and corporate grantmaking prospects in collaboration with Foundation Relations team and Advancement team;
Manage and track all relevant deadlines within the portfolio;
Participate in select program planning sessions to help identify funding opportunities for SCA programs and strategic initiatives.
Supplemental Functions (10% of time):
Coordinate with advancement colleagues and leadership team to maximize fundraising opportunities;
Maintain familiarity with SCA programs through program research, possible field visits, and communications with program and partnership development teams;
Other duties as assigned.
Ensure annual revenue goals are met;
Maintain, or grow, foundation revenue by ensuring the consistent and timely submission of successful, competitive proposals;
Maintain regular and timely reporting on progress to goals;
Work effectively and collaboratively with other Advancement Team members to achieve annual philanthropic goals for assigned foundation donors;
Understand and follow the guidelines in SCA’s Staff Handbook;
Understand and model SCA’s Operating Values and Leadership Behaviors.
5 or more years of relevant experience, particularly foundation and corporate relations required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
Experience with grant writing required.
Demonstrated successful track record in managing relationships by telephone and email.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team necessary
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously required
Strong Constituent Management Database and MSOffice skills required particularly Word, Outlook and Excel a must
Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
Willingness to travel regionally (10-20%)
SCA strives to cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all staff members. It is firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.
For more information about SCA and to apply, visit us at https://www.thesca.org/about/current-openings
Student Conservation Association is a proud partner with AmeriCorps and encourages AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alumni to apply for job opportunities with SCA.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits:
Health and Dental * Basic Life Insurance * Short Term Disability * Long Term Disability * Flexible Spending Account * 403(b) Savings Plan * Generous Paid Time Off * Community Service Leave * Casual Dress
About The Student Conservation Association
SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.