MANAGER OF FOUNDATION RELATIONS
The Manager of Foundation Relations role is an exciting opportunity to join a growing Development team at The Carroll Center for the Blind (CCB) where our mission is to empower those who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, detailed-oriented, highly organized, results-driven individual with excellent writing skills, adept at managing, and prioritizing multiple projects on time with flawless execution. The Manager of Foundation Relations will possess demonstrated expertise in fundraising. This role will be responsible to identify, cultivate and secure revenue from trusts, foundations and corporate grants. The Manager of Foundation Relations will maintain a personal portfolio of new relationships and provide grant management for key existing funders, as well as lead efforts to create a robust pipeline of new strategic partners to grow and diversify CCB’s revenue streams. The Manager of Foundation Relations will provide leadership through engaging new partners, increasing both restricted and unrestricted funding as well as provide strategic input to leverage both local and national grant opportunities. This role will require extensive collaboration with the Chief Development and Communications Officer (CDCO), President and CEO, Senior Staff, Trustees and Board Members to achieve these goals.
Each year, The Carroll Center for the Blind helps more than 4,000 blind or visually impaired children, adults and senior citizens gain the skills they need to live active and fulfilling lives. Our Newton campus houses our rehabilitation program, computer training classes, low vision store, and administrative offices. A large portion of our programs are services conducted in public schools, in clients’ homes, and in the community.
- Be a “hands on” fundraiser by driving new business through researching and creating a portfolio of strategic foundation partnerships.
- Serves as the lead on foundation pipeline activity, undertaking prospecting activities and research to deliver a thoroughly researched pipeline of prospects, designing cultivation strategies for each prospect in collaboration with the Chief Development and Communications Officer, and facilitating accurate monthly prioritization and financial reforecasting exercises to ensure all systems are up to date.
- Responsible for writing, editing, and submission of grants from both new and existing foundation and corporate grant sources.
- Work to achieve financial and performance goals that have been set with the CDCO, including developing and tracking revenue projections and new funders.
- Ensures team’s maximum awareness of CCB’s programs and fundraising opportunities, including developing and keeping updated information on CCB’s services, success stories, projects and initiatives requiring funding.
- Develops and prepares high quality written materials, writes, edits and reviews foundation and corporate grant proposals, communications, award submissions, and stewardship reporting.
- Ensures grant compliance with adherence to all stipulations and regulations related to successful grants, helping to interpret and prepare information for donors.
- Ensures full and timely records of foundation and corporate activity, including proposals and reports.
- Provides regular Foundations and corporate grant reports to the CDCO.
- Performs other reasonable tasks assigned by the CDCO and President and CEO.
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications or English or 5+ years of successful experience in portfolio management and frontline solicitation.
- Experienced in developing and progressing corporate and foundation relationships, researching and qualifying prospects to grow a strong prospect pipeline.
- Strong working knowledge of philanthropic motivations and current trends in gift giving and strong understanding of financial management including budgeting and forecasting.
- Exceptional relationship building, interpersonal, verbal/written communication and organizational skills.
- Effectively works with and collaborates with all levels of organizational staff and external constituents.
- Excellent grant writing skills and proven success of obtaining five/six figure grants.
- Excellent diplomacy, discretion, and persuasiveness skills, as well as the confidence to deal with a range of external audiences including those at a very senior level.
- Strong literacy in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, and donor databases (knowledge of Raisers Edge a plus).
- Demonstrated ability to craft polished, concise communications for a variety of audiences and articulate the case for support to stakeholders.
- Proactive problem-solver with an ability to think creatively and critically, and to use own initiative.
- Ability to thrive in a rapidly changing environment and ability to work independently.
- Ability to multi-task, effectively manage priorities and take initiative.
- Previous management skills a plus as this department is expected to grow further.
We offer a generous benefits package to include health and dental coverage (70% employer paid), vision, Flexible Spending Account, 4 weeks accrued vacation, personal day, 12 days accrued sick time, 11 holidays and a retirement program (403b) with up to a 3% employer match.
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The Carroll Center for the Blind is a private, non-profit agency located in Newton, Massachusetts that serves persons of All Ages and All Stages of Vision Loss. We are close to Boston, Cambridge, Wellesley, Watertown, Waltham, Allston/Brighton, and on public transit routes.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The Carroll Center for the Blind (CCB) is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and always fosters acceptance for everyone. We offer fair opportunities to all qualified persons in recruitment and selection, employment, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, transfers, promotions, social activities, and the use of CCB’s facilities. CCB welcomes all qualified applicants and ensures that everyone will receive equal consideration for employment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, military, or veteran status, political or union affiliation, or any other categories protected by Federal or State law.
The CCB culture embraces both the law and a work environment that is safe, positive, diverse, inclusive, and equitable for all. Our mission and impact shines bright on all.
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