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Senior Grant Writer
The Senior Grant Writer will work with the Director of Development, Carly Hill, to play a key role in helping Propeller to reach its annual fundraising goal. The Senior Grant Writer serves as Propeller’s primary written storyteller, developing, writing, stewarding, and managing grants. The Senior Grant Writer also assists in managing the day-to-day internal operations of development efforts and cultivation of select donors. The ideal candidate for this role brings strong grant writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills to the position to support an efficient and productive department.
Major Responsibilities & Outcomes
Grant Writing & Management
- Support the development and implementation of institutional cultivation strategy collaboratively with the CEO, Director of Development, Development Committee, and Board Members, as necessary.
- Analyze donor and funder priorities and interests to articulate the case for support of Propeller in clear, compelling, and persuasive written language to produce successful, engaging grants
- Work collaboratively and cross-departmentally to support the grant proposal development and reporting process
- Manage grants calendar of letters of intent, proposals, and reports to ensure all deadlines are met
- Enter appropriate information into the Salesforce database, effectively utilizing it for tracking deadlines, strategic prospecting, and reports
Individual Donors, Sponsors, and Special Events
- Support the development of individual and corporate cultivation strategy collaboratively with the CEO, Director of Development, Development Committee, and Board Members, as necessary
- Expand the donor base and grant opportunities through prospect identification and research
- Support the planning and execution of annual fundraising events, including the development of written event copy; support the tracking and reporting requirements for sponsorships and attendees, as needed
- Prepare written development materials for the Director of Development, as needed, including donor meeting agendas, one-pagers, and other requested follow up materials
- Support the planning and implementation of major fundraising initiatives/campaigns as needed
- Develop and proof all written fundraising materials and marketing collateral, including reports, packets, and acknowledgment letters, with close attention to detail
- Collaborate with the Communications team to develop written content in line with Propeller’s language standards and overall messaging strategy
- Create and implement internal processes for management of development activities
- Maintain consistency and quality of electronic and paper files, archiving all proposals, attachments, agreements, etc., as required
- Spearhead research on funding sources and trends with foresight to help position Propeller ahead of major funding changes or trends
- Deep belief in Propeller’s mission and personal, professional alignment with our core values and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
- Impeccable writing and editing skills, with the ability to develop clear and effective proposals, both independently and in collaboration with team members
- Strong interpersonal skills, personable demeanor, and ability to collaborate and work cross-departmentally internally, as well as externally with funders and stakeholders as needed
- Ability to lead across the organization, coordinate effectively with peer staff and senior staff
- Ability to actively listen and understand one’s own emotions and those of others
- Bachelor’s degree in English, social science, communications, public administration or nonprofit administration or equivalent knowledge + 2 – 3 years’ experience OR Master of Business * Administration or Nonprofit Administration or equivalent knowledge + 1 – 2 years’ experience
- Proven record of securing successful grants, ranging from $5,000 to six-figures
- Experience managing, writing, and assembling complex government grant proposals
- Experience writing grants for national foundations
- Experience with quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods
Manager: Carly Hill, Director of Development
Compensation: $64,728 – $74,124/year. Propeller also offers a competitive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, retirement, paid time off, and professional development.
Location: New Orleans, LA. Applicants must be located or willing to relocate to New Orleans. Travel with some evening and weekend work required.
Position Type: This is a salaried and exempt position.
Start Date: October 1, 2021
Application Deadline: July 31, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage anyone interested to apply as soon as possible.
Apply here presenting your resume, cover letter, 1-2 writing samples (i.e. grant proposal, fundraising letter, or sponsorship proposal), and responses to the questions below. In your cover letter, please explain how you heard about Propeller and your interest and qualifications in the position. You can address a cover letter to Carly Hill who is the hiring manager for this position.
- What will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way will you need to grow the most to be successful in this role? (2-4 sentences)
- What gives you energy in your current work? What drains your energy in your current work? (2-4 sentences)
- Please share your experience in nonprofit fundraising and development through a racial equity and inclusion lens. How have you specifically worked to engage funders and stakeholders who are aligned with organizational values? What are some practices you believe are important to support equity in development? (5-8 sentences)
- What are your salary requirements? (1-2 sentences)
Propeller Incubator Host, Work Trade
We are no longer accepting applications at this time.
As a host, you will be the first point of contact for our members, guests, and curious community members who come into the space. Your job is to orient all stakeholders to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of Propeller Incubator, our community and resources.
- Front Desk: We ask that host greet visitors, answer co-workers’ questions, collect and distribute mail, answer the telephone, provide tours of the incubator, and process payments for Day Passes, Punch Cards, and Events. Hosts will also be expected to assist with opening, closing, and daily operations tasks.
- Propeller Project: We ask that hosts develop and implement a community project during their time here. Examples of community projects include organizing yoga classes, working on an Incubator member spotlight blog, pop-up breakfasts, round table discussions, happy hours, etc.
- Event Hosting; Propeller Incubator hosts off-hour and weekend events. Hosts are able to serve as building hosts for these events to maintain the security of Propeller Incubator facilities, assist with janitorial needs, support event registration, building opening and closings. Event staffing needs will be communicated at least one week before the event.
- Greet everyone who comes through the door, including members and guests. Direct everyone to appropriate locations throughout the building. Give tours to potential new members and curious folks who wander in.
- Keeping Propeller clean and well stocked. Propeller has biweekly janitorial service, but we rely on our members and staff to clean up after themselves in between. This means you will be expected to occasionally take out the trash, empty the dishwasher, clean up spills, make coffee, restock the bathrooms and kitchen, clear off conference tables, etc. as needed.
- Administrative and tech support for members; including receiving and distributing mail, installing printer drivers and troubleshooting printing issues, assisting with projectors and event set-up, etc.
- Answering the Propeller Incubator office phone and getting calls and messages to the appropriate staff members.
- Answering questions from members and guests about the building, neighborhood, Propeller services, other organizations, etc.
- Building community through member introductions and your special project. Interacting with members in the common areas and facilitating connections between members.
- Understanding members’ businesses and needs and finding potential resources for them within the network.
- You are welcome to bring other projects to work on while you are at Propeller, however we ask you prioritize your propeller host duties while you are on shift.
- Commitment to Excellence: Propeller Incubator Host Program is a reflection of our commitment to excellence. We ask that hosts call within 24 hours of shift to cancel, reschedule monthly hours when needed, and be punctual for their shifts.
- Hosts who do not fulfill expected duties and hours, or act outside of Propeller Incubator’s standards of conduct will be asked to forfeit their 24-hour access card to the Incubator Manager.
As a host we ask you to commit to working 15 hours per month for a 2 – 6 month time frame.
During 2- 6 months of your hosting, you will receive a co-working membership with 24/7 access, introductions and mentoring from Propeller staff when requested, references from Propeller team members, and access to meeting and event spaces for your own activities if needed.
We are no longer accepting applications at this time.