Foundation and Grants Manager - Center for Large Landscape Conservation
CLLC is a nonprofit organization located in Bozeman, Montana. We bring science, policy, and proven solutions directly to communities working to protect and restore the health and climate integrity of the planet through large-scale conservation measures. CLLC is a leader in the fast-growing global movement to reverse fragmentation, restore nature’s resilience to climate change, and support community-led action. CLLC offers a supportive, flexible, and dynamic work environment. The organization works to actively cultivate an inclusive workplace and values the leadership, skills, and perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds. People of color, LGBTQ+ persons, and people from other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Foundation and Grants Manager (Manager) will lead in the cultivation and stewardship of the Center’s grants with foundations, corporate and government funders, and public charities. This full-time position reports directly to the Vice President and is a vital member of the development team. The Manager is responsible for writing and submitting comprehensive proposals, managing grantor relationships, tracking grant requirements and milestones, completing timely reports, and managing internal records of the Center’s private and public funding from national, international, and government-related sources. The Manager will also diligently research new opportunities for funding.
The Manager will develop a thorough understanding of our work and its value and be excellent at communicating our work to prospective and current foundation staff and trustees. This person will show full competency when it comes to setting goals, finding opportunities, and securing funding from foundations. Position shares management of the Communications and Development Coordinator with the Communications Manager.
- Work closely with the Vice President, program teams and the Executive Team to develop and implement strategies to meet annual and long-term fundraising goals.
- Identify and cultivate suitable institutional donors to support CLLC’s programs by conducting independent research and/ or building existing relationships.
- Use CLLC’s internal tools to assess alignment of upcoming opportunities. Provide recommendations for advancement and strategy based on assessments.
- Build a strong and strategic pipeline by developing and executing donor specific engagement and fundraising strategies, co-developing and writing compelling project proposals and managing the corresponding processes and coordination.
- Manage transitions from proposal process to grant implementation to post-grant evaluations with program staff and Senior Director of Conservation.
- Manage existing grant portfolio by tracking grant requirements and communicating timelines with program staff; managing and improving internal reporting systems; writing and/or overseeing reports; maintaining excellent historical records; schedule and facilitate grant portfolio meetings with program and finance staff.
- Coordinate with all appropriate parties to gather information for successful grant proposals and implementation: the Finance team for budget creation, budget tracking and financial reporting; program staff for deliverables development, deliverable tracking and narrative reporting; Communications staff, etc. Proactively streamline CLLC’s granting processes and systems for greater efficiency.
- Oversee Comms/Dev Coordinator to ensure proper record keeping of executed agreements, appropriate IRS and funder thank you correspondence is distributed and records of reporting and funding request deadlines are maintained.
- Prepare written and statistical reports for various audiences and ensure they meet grant requirements.
- Lead and support development fundraising strategies for program initiatives.
- Support activities related to the strategic direction of the Center and execute other duties as assigned or required by the organization.
- Work closely with the Executive Team, Communications Team, and program staff to effectively communicate the organization’s mission, vision, programs, successes, and needs to funders.
- With the Communications Manager and supported by the Communications/ Development Coordinator, develop, deliver and track donor cultivation through strategic communications. Examples of strategies include:
- Quarterly donor engagement messages
- Social media and donor engagement around program milestones
- Support development of virtual fundraising campaigns including Giving Tuesday, Annual Appeal and Give Big
- Responsible for management, assessment and adaptation of Development Team processes that support achievement of organizational fundraising goals. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Ensuring donor CRM platform is accurate and fully utilized.
- Draft, implement and track success of a fundraising plan for institutional donors with input from the Vice President, Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Operating Officer.
- Draft, implement and evaluate team workplan with guidance from the Vice President and Communications Manager..
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years' work experience, preferably with an administrative, communications or fundraising roles.
- A minimum of four years’ experience in a nonprofit setting in the area of grants management, grant-writing, and/or foundation relations; work experience with a conservation organization strongly preferred.
- Superior written communications and editing skills; demonstrated analytical and persuasive writing skills, including ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience.
- Strong public speaking capacity.
- Proven track record with successful proposals to private foundations, corporate foundations, and government entities.
- Well informed of laws regarding nonprofit fundraising; experience in federal grant management highly preferred.
- Proficient with MS Office365, Google suites, and fundraising database software.
- Exercise exceptional judgement in communication with all funding entities, management of confidential information, and representation of the Center.
- High achievement oriented; must be able to organize and prioritize work, be proactive, take initiative, resolve problems, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner.
- Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines without sacrificing quality.
- Demonstrated interest in the mission, vision and values of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation.