Prescott HR

Grants Manager

Thread - Baltimore, MD

Reports to Development Director

Job Summary

The Grants Manager is responsible for writing grants, managing the grant process and submitting grant proposals and reports to foundation, government, corporate, and individual funders. A key component of this work is the ongoing management of Thread’s grants portfolio, including the cultivation and stewardship of relationships with external stakeholders who provide the Thread community with resources necessary for its continued growth. This position works closely with Thread team members to translate Thread’s story and data into compelling narrative form and manages the grants calendar and process to ensure all proposals and reports are delivered on time.

Key Responsibilities

Grant Writing and Grants Management

  • Write letters of intent, grant proposals and applications, and prepare reports for submission to foundations, government funders, corporations, and individual donors.
  • Prepare clear and concise written responses to grant proposals and reports, effectively answering the questions and meeting the requirements of the funding source.
  • Research and identify new funding opportunities to support Thread’s mission.
  • Remain current on institutional research tools and other developments in the field.
  • Coordinate inputs required for on-time submissions of all proposals and reports, including program component descriptions, expense budgets and financials, program data and research from the field.
  • Leverage input from Programming, Data, Finance and Communications Teams to develop accurate and compelling narratives that reflect Thread’s quantitative and qualitative outcomes and impact.
  • Engage with funders/program officers as appropriate to confirm process and deadlines.
  • Organize, manage, and complete complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects and proposals
  • Manage grants and reports calendar, including proposal deadlines, reporting deadlines, and interim milestones.
  • Participate in government, foundation, and corporate site visits and funding presentations.

Administrative

  • Collaborate with the Partnerships & Resource Recruitment Team in order to ensure seamless coordination of cross-functional recruitment of volunteers, collaborators, and donors.
  • Assist with scheduling funder and key collaborator meetings and engagements. Provide meeting support including preparation (drafting talking points, sending relationship history and recent engagement summary, etc.), note taking, logging engagements and notes in Salesforce, and drafting follow-up communication.
  • Conduct weekly review of Development Team’s calendar and log engagements in Salesforce to maintain accurate engagement history records.
  • Coordinate with the Engagement Team to ensure timely and accurate donor/funder stewardship. Support staff team to ensure relationships with stakeholders continue to grow and deepen through regular touchpoints, communication, and stewardship.
  • Manage the tracking of in-kind donations and serve as in-kind donations point of contact.
  • Other tasks, as assigned.

Qualifications/Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of fundraising, grant writing, and/or professional writing experience preferred or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a keen ability to tell Thread's story and impact in a deeply compelling way.
  • Proficiency in Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), Microsoft 365 (especially Excel), Salesforce, Trello and a willingness to adapt to new tools.
  • Time flexibility for evening or weekend work.
  • Understanding of and passion for Thread’s mission.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.

This full-time position is a vital member of the development team responsible for writing proposals to secure private and public funding from national, international, and government-related sources, managing those relationships, reporting on outcomes, and diligently researching new opportunities for funding. This position requires strong writing, data analysis, program budgeting, project management skills, with an emphasis on grant compliance and outcome measurement.

COVID Requirements

  • Effective September 20, 2021, Thread requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation. All offers of employment after October 1, 2021 are contingent upon proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a part of the pre-employment process. If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or protected religious reasons, please reach out to Human Resources at HR@thread.org to submit an accommodation request.

Diversity Statement

  • We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and encourage applications from all interested persons, including, but not limited to, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

ADA Accommodation

  • Thread will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee, unless undue hardship or a direct threat would result from the accommodation. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to 1) participate in the job application or interview process, 2) perform essential job functions, and/or receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact HR@Thread.org.

More About Thread

Our Mission

Thread harnesses the power of relationships to create a new social fabric of diverse individuals deeply engaged with young people facing the most significant opportunity and achievement gaps. Our community is committed to ending social isolation and building a more equitable culture in which everyone thrives.

Our Why

Studies have shown that the defining difference between Rust Belt cities that struggled and those that were hotspots of rejuvenation was the structure of social networks. The Thread Community Model brings together a broad cross-section of our city by forming authentic, mutual, and enduring relationships and in turn provides a vehicle for sustained change. Thread believes that the power of relationships—the dynamic web of interconnectedness created when futures are woven together—can end the poverty of isolation and allow both youth and Baltimore to realize their full potential.

Thread is weaving a new social fabric where everyone thrives and which is expanding to connect with even more students, volunteers, and collaborators. Thread currently serves 655 students and alumni with the support of more than 1200 volunteers and more than 1300 collaborators. We plan to continue to increase our annual and total enrollments until we meet our long-term goal of engaging 300 new students each year (5% of every high school freshman class across Baltimore City). This expansion and evolution requires that Thread be nimble and innovative, and leverage identified opportunities in a way that is congruent with our values and core competencies.

Our How

Team members at Thread are hard- and smart-working, collaborative, curious, passionate, gritty, strategic and resilient. We meet people where they are. We go all in with care, compassion, and empathy. We believe small acts make a big difference. We trust each other to be sincere, reliable and competent. The outcomes Thread has achieved are exemplary. However, the road to excellence is peppered with iterative learning. We make mistakes often and fail frequently, but we learn from our mistakes and continue to tenaciously try and try again. We are about building communities of responsibility and have high expectations of students, volunteers, collaborators, and staff. We believe that each human being has a purpose in life and have found that individuals living on purpose have discovered the intersection of their skills, passion, and what the world needs. The journey to find this intersection, one’s dot, is often simultaneously exhilarating and difficult. Thread creates a safe and challenging space for all individuals in our community—students, volunteers, collaborators, and staff— to find their dot through deep reflection, honest feedback, and in-depth coaching.



Posted On: Thursday, June 23, 2022



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