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Grant Writer and Resource Development Manager

475 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

Job Type

Full Time/Hybrid

About the Role

Reports To: Executive Director



Canal Dock Boathouse, a New Haven based nonprofit organization, is seeking an experienced grant writer and manager to join our team. The Grant and Resource Development Manager is primarily responsible for the organization’s grants management process and will work closely with the Executive Director in setting and meeting Canal Dock’s fundraising objectives. This position requires a complete understanding of Canal Dock’s programs, goals, and financial needs. They will report to the Executive Director and collaborate with all program staff.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and passionate about Canal Dock’s mission: connecting underserved populations to opportunities and resources to improve their quality of life. The preferred candidate should have excellent writing, research, and organizational skills, allowing them to clearly convey concepts verbally and in written proposals, especially in grant applications and fundraising requests.

This is a full-time, 40 hour a week position and considered exempt as defined by Federal and/or Connecticut law; salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Research, identify, assess, and analyzes state and federal grants, foundations, corporate and community-based organization prospects and matches their interests with Canal Dock’s priority needs.

· Analysis should address areas of interest, size of potential grant awards, timing of solicitation, short-term tactics and long-term strategies, and an assessment that balances the demands of foundations with the value of their gift to Canal Dock.

· Engages in prospect research for the foundation program.

2. Actively manages foundations and corporation foundations and their contacts through personal contact or coordinating contact via the Executive Director, building ongoing and long-term relationships.

  • Develops strategies and tactics to increase financial contributions over time.

  • Develop and maintain a grant database and calendar to track progress of applications and requests as well as due dates for applications and reports.

  • Works with Executive Director and program staff to create budgets for proposals and reports

  • Create programmatic reports for foundations in partnership with program staff and Executive Director

  • Create grant proposals and support materials including boilerplate proposals.

  • Supports Executive Director in preparing proposals and materials for major donor and/or other development programs.

  • Collaborate regularly with Canal Dock staff and Executive Director to facilitate the identification and design of funding opportunities.

  • Collaborates with Executive Director and program staff to facilitate funders’ reporting requirements.

3. Meets or exceeds Canal Dock’s fundraising goals; continually seeks to broaden grant support on behalf of Canal Dock.

  • Works with Executive Director to set annual goals for grants campaign.

  • Ensures compliance with all terms and conditions, including timelines; modifies terms and conditions and documents as appropriate.

  • Analyzes the results of solicitation to determine both the reasons for grant awards and the reasons for the rejection of proposals. Makes recommendations for improving the effectiveness of approaches, proposals, cultivation, reports, and stewardship

4. Demonstrates flexibility and teamwork; understands the interaction between this position and others with whom the position works directly and indirectly.

  • Ensures that interactions incorporate Canal Dock’s values of integrity, partnership, customer focus, communication, and quality.

  • Supports the agency’s mission.

  • Supports Canal Dock’s efforts to provide services that are culturally competent; takes the initiative to develop own awareness and knowledge of diversity matters.

  • Works well with volunteers to achieve the organization’s mission

5. Ability to market Canal Dock programs and events to funders and community stakeholders.

  • Help to promote Canal Dock using relevant social media platforms

  • Participate in internal fundraising and event planning meetings.

  • Develop outreach strategies to engage new donors, funders, foundations and community stakeholders using social media platforms

Education and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field – Liberal Arts, Communication, Nonprofit Management or comparable.

  • Research, grant proposal writing, and special project management experience strongly preferred

  • Experience reading and developing budgets

  • Minimum of 2 years grants experience preferred

  • Proficiency required with database software, general office equipment, and Microsoft Office products, including high proficiency with Excel and Word.

  • Experience with database and/or organizational software.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required

  • Exceptional research skills

  • Prior experience in grant and proposal writing or non-profit fundraising/development

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications

  • Excellent research and writing skills

  • Proficient in collecting and managing data

  • Adobe, Microsoft Office Suite, and budget documents

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills

Cognitive Qualifications

  • Excellent writing ability that is clear, concise, and analytic in style

  • Ability to write for various audiences including foundations, donors, state and federal agencies, and broader general constituencies

  • Strong project management (including the ability to organize work by priority and to meet deadlines), communication, organization and writing skills; ability to maintain strong relationships with internal and external customers; and the ability to work in an unstructured environment.

  • Solid understanding about the processes by which organizations determine their funding needs and an ability to match these with the interests of various grantors. Demonstrated knowledge of processes or steps by which foundations make grants and the cognitive skill to sequence work activities to satisfy the requirements of the grantor.

  • Personal attributes include the ability to balance initiative with judgment; entrepreneurial approach to work; ability to anticipate and apply trends in grant-making and nonprofit fundraising.

  • Expertise with Windows-based word-processing and data management programs.

  • Team-centered cooperative work philosophy.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time while meeting goals.

  • Ability to work successfully within multiple deadlines.

  • Strong supporter of Canal Dock mission and programs.

Physical Qualifications

  • Ability to manage stress generated by a deadline-driven position.

  • Ability to move throughout the workspace independently or with minimal assistance.

  • Digit dexterity sufficient to operate keyboard and general office equipment.

  • Visual acuity sufficient to read documents, computer screens, and other text formats.

  • Current driver’s license, and access to reliable transportation to travel to donor and foundation meetings throughout the region

  • Position may require long periods of sitting.

About the Company

Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. is a newly formed non-profit established to bring the community to New Haven’s waterfront.

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