Grant Writer & Administrator

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

| Saint Paul, MN | May 22, 2018

— Status: Full-time, exempt (salaried), benefits eligible
— Location: Saint Paul, MN


The Grant Writer and Administrator is responsible for all aspects of the grant process, including: planning, writing, submitting, compliance, and reporting related to funding from government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The position has a key role in cross-program coordination of AmeriCorps performance metrics, theories of change and related outcomes, and communication about programs. The position is responsible for administering and managing all aspects of AmeriCorps grants awarded by the following agencies: Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), The Corps Network (TCN), ServeMinnesota (ServeMN), and the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS).

— Bachelor’s degree (business management, communications, natural resources, youth development or a related field) and/or 5+ years of experience with grants administration and/or compliance (government grant experience required; AmeriCorps grant experience desired)
— Experience with grant development, including proposal writing, report writing, and management
— Excellent written communication skills for grant writing and reporting
— Experience developing program logic models, performance measures and evaluation plans
— Considerable knowledge of AmeriCorps programming, policies and procedures
— Excellent verbal communication skills for internal management
— Skills in cross-functional collaboration, problem solving, group facilitation, and project management
— Ability to work within firm deadlines
— Experience with mid-range program planning (1-4 years out)
— Proven teamwork and leadership
— Love for the outdoors and excitement about supporting young people

Primary Responsibilities:

Lead grant proposal development, writing and submission (approximately 30% time dedicated)
— Conduct prospect research to proactively identify funding opportunities aligned with the mission and priorities of Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa.
— Review funding guidelines to assess fit with Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa priorities.
— Communicate funder guidelines, verbally and in written summaries, to stakeholder groups including the Strategic Leadership Team.
— Collaborate with program staff and other stakeholders to develop proposals that align funder and — Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa priorities, convening groups to discuss program design and logic models.
— Design performance measures, identify targets and ensure valid data collection methods.
— Oversee the development of grant applications and proposals, convening stakeholders and facilitating teams through the grant development process.
— Seek input from community partners and stakeholders to prepare grant proposals.
— Secure letters of support for grant proposals as needed.
— Create grant budgets and complete steps to determine match requirements.
— Support program evaluation planning, design, and coordination with third-part evaluators as needed.
— Assist in the development of program theories of change and related outcome indicators.
— Write and edit high quality grant proposals and letters of inquiry of behalf of Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa.
— Submit grant application and supporting materials.

Provide stewardship of funding awarded by overseeing the process to ensure grant compliance and accurate/timely reporting, including outcomes measurement and financial management (approximately 45% time dedicated)
— Maintain ongoing, positive relationships with institutional donors, including program officers of government agencies, corporations and foundations, working in partnership with Programs Directors and the Director of Development.
— Collaborate with staff and other stakeholders to write and submit reports to funders by deadlines.
— Complete reports according to the requirements and schedules set forth in agreements and through grantor communication.
— Track progress toward programmatic outcomes and goals.
— Communicate data collection needs to program and administrative staff.
— Design management systems and practices that ensure compliance with grant requirements, with emphasis on prevention and detection of violations.
— Work with staff to ensure compliance with AmeriCorps grant requirements for member enrollment, management and exit in online databases.
— Interpret AmeriCorps policy, and develop and update AmeriCorps member policies and procedures to maintain compliance.
— Coordinate financial requests and reporting with finance/accounting staff.

Administer AmeriCorps program grants (approximately 5% time dedicated)
— Serve as the representative and administrator for all AmeriCorps grants.
— Communicate policy updates across all Corps programs.
— Manage the process to submit high quality AmeriCorps grant renewals, competitive applications, and reports.

Cross-functional coordination (approximately 5% time dedicated)
— Develop and maintain an annual grants workplan, including a timeline of deadlines for grant proposals, grant reports, and financial compliance/reports.
— Coordinate cross-functionally to manage the grants workplan in coordination with staff of the program, development, and finance teams.

Secondary Responsibilities:

Coordinate with program staff to ensure compliance with AmeriCorps member onboarding and exiting requirements. (approximately 5% time dedicated)

Support program staff to ensure that the member experience aligns with grant goals, objectives, and performance measures as well as AmeriCorps grant requirements in the areas of:
(approximately 5% time dedicated)
— Content for orientations, training, and curriculum.
— Corps-wide and program/district training events
— Implementation of activities that support post-service success for members
— Certifications and awards for members

Other duties (approximately 5% time dedicated)
— Participate in staff conference calls, committee work, and meetings
— Oversee content management on AmeriCorps web access pages

Compensation & Benefits:
— Compensation is competitive.
— Health and dental insurance; generous paid time-off; retirement plan; professional development opportunities.

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to

DEADLINE: June 8, 2018

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