Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund (the Ounce) has persistently pursued a single goal: that all children living in America—particularly those born into poverty—have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life. Children born into poverty begin life with the odds stacked against them. That’s not just unfortunate for them. It’s a problem for all of us—one that can and must be solved.
The Ounce is demonstrating effective solutions every day through work anchored in a growing body of scientific evidence about early brain development. Private dollars are used to apply that science in developing innovative programs, and then leverage public funding to support their implementation and replication.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Manager, Foundation Relations (FFYF) is primarily responsible for securing and stewarding Foundation funding for the First Five Years Fund, which is a project of the Ounce of Prevention Fund. The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) is an organization focusing on federal advocacy, integrating policy, communications, and government relations in Washington, DC. With guidance from the Managing Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and the Executive Director, FFYF, this individual supports a portfolio of foundation funder relationships, including coordinating and executing donor cultivation and renewal strategies.
The Manager, Foundation Relations (FFYF) reports to the Managing Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations and work closely with fellow Development staff, FFYF staff members (who are based in Washington, DC), and Ounce leadership. This individual is based in Chicago. Explore the full position guide here: https://bit.ly/2kL2dUk
Partner with Development colleagues and FFYF and Ounce leadership to develop and execute an overall cultivation strategy for current funders and prospects.
Oversee the development and submission of grant proposals and reports (and attachments/supporting materials) to foundations for FFYF initiatives and priorities, and track grant deliverables.
Establish and maintain funder contacts, develop background research and meeting prep sheets, and prepare other fundraising materials
Proactively develop and execute funder stewardship/engagement plans and other key stewardship touchpoints to strengthen funder relationships for assigned portfolio, and to position the FFYF for renewed and increased giving with existing funders.
Collaborate with colleagues across teams and divisions to obtain all necessary information on programs/initiatives for inclusion in concept papers, grant proposals, and funder reports.
Support Ounce leadership in developing the overall framing and positioning of the Ounce’s and FFYF’ work with external funders.
Collaborate with Finance and Program staff to develop and manage budgets, expenditure reports, and accompanying financial narratives needed for grant proposals and reports.
Proactively manage internal monitoring of project budgets to inform reports to funders.
Maintain ownership of foundation data and grant management systems for assigned portfolio.
Build effective internal and external relationships to support the stewardship of complex funder relationships.
At least five years of progressive nonprofit fundraising experience, or transferable skills.
Prior experience stewarding foundation donors, including managing institutional grants.
Advanced grant writing and editing skills with exceptional attention to detail, and an ability to synthesize complex outcomes and outputs related to large systemic issues.
Advanced project management skills, with the ability to balance multiple large-scale projects and deadlines simultaneously.
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and maintain strong relationships within a highly collaborative work environment.
Knowledge of local and national institutional donors.
Familiarity with federal or state policy landscape is preferred.
Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office products, video conferencing software (WebEx preferred), fundraising databases (Salesforce preferred), and the ability to learn new technology and software programs as needed.
Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
Experience building relationships with remote team members is preferred.
A strong passion for and commitment to the Ounce’s mission and the work of the First Five Years Fund.
Ability to travel up to 30%.
A Bachelor’s degree is required.
About The Ounce of Prevention Fund
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