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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Grants Manager at Venice Arts

Venice Arts mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media–based arts education programs. Venice Arts also serves as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low–income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi–media.


Working under the supervision of the Development Director, the Grants Manager’s primary roles are to: 1) assure the completion of all grant-related work in a professional and timely manner; 2) write all foundation, corporate, and government proposals and reports; and, 3) perform research, including compile data and organizational stories
relevant to development efforts. Specific responsibilities include:


1. Grants Research
· Research new funding opportunities on at least a quarterly basis; providing a regular synopsis to the Development Director, and enter new prospects into the funder database


2. Grants Management
· Manage the grants database for foundation, corporate, and government LOIs and Full Proposals, including maintaining an accurate grants calendar, scheduling and tracking funding prospects, proposal submissions, and funded grants
· Assure that the grants calendar is always projected out at least a year, including prior prospects and previously funded grants, as well as new prospects
· Write an average of six requests (LOIs or Full Proposals) per month
· Complete all grant reports, submitting just prior to deadline
· Gather and analyze organizational statistics and stories for use in proposals and reporting
· Research and maintain field and agency data, for proposals and reports, at least annually
· Refresh standard grant language, at least annually and more frequently, as required, to accurately reflect current or changing programs and priorities.


3. Contract & Related Information Management
· Manage all received contracts, including logging requirements into the database and writing funder correspondence and grant reports
· Annually update Guidestar, the Cultural Data Project, and related, within 15 days of the completion of the Annual Audit


4. Other Development Activities
· Participate on the Development and Marketing Team
· Manage peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns
· Write individual donor thank you letters, assuring timely (1 to 2 days of receipt) completion
· Assist with other development-related events, campaigns, and activities, as directed


The ideal candidate has at least 2 years experience in grants management, with a track record of having successfully secured grants from foundations, corporations, and/or government agencies. Must be an excellent writer, able to produce professional-quality work under tight deadlines. Must be extremely well organized, demonstrate an attention to detail, and must be able to calmly and efficiently manage multiple priorities. She or he most demonstrate a genuine interest in the agency’s mission and have the ability to articulate this mission to others.


Experience with donor software is required, Filemaker Pro, is a strong plus. Must possess a professional demeanor and the ability to interact with funders in a positive and thoughtful manner. An understanding of standard nonprofit laws and regulations, familiarity with the Cultural Data Project and Guidestar, and familiarity with youth development and/or arts funders is a strong plus. An understanding of how to analyze and work with financial documents, including budgets, books (QuickBooks, preferred), and financial reports, preferred.


An advanced degree or certificate in fundraising/development is desirable, but is not required.


Salary and Benefits: This full-time position starts at $42,000 per annum. Vacation and sick time accrue after successful completion of an initial, 90-day period. Full or partial medical benefits are also paid after the 90-day period, with the percentage based on the job classification level.


How to Apply: Please provide your résumé, along with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to:


Please: no phone inquiries or walk–ins. Writing samples and additional information will be requested if an interview is scheduled.

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