Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is seeking an experienced part-time (20-30 hours per week) Grants Manager/Grant Writer responsible for researching, writing and submitting foundation grant proposals for restricted and unrestricted support. The successful candidate will possess superior writing skills, with the ability to synthesize information and budgets into articulate, persuasive, fundable proposals. This position reports directly to the Chief Development Officer.
Research, identify and prioritize new and existing foundation and corporate grant opportunities for general operating support, restricted programs and capital needs.
Review potential government funding prospects and vet for fit with CVSR needs and strategies
Prepare and submit Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to develop clearly identified deliverables and outcomes, as well as expense and revenue budgets.
Track, update and monitor grants calendar, including status of pending grant submissions and re-submissions.
Coordinate and gather information from other departments (i.e., Operations, Education, Finance), prepare and submit requested grant reports by due date according to foundation specifications.
Assist with funder relations and maintaining cooperative and interagency agreements in support of programs and projects with federal agencies and other non-profits
Develop and maintain competency in CVSR’s mission, work, and needs through regular exposure to CVSR activities, constituents and staff.
Perform other related duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree required
Experience in grant writing and reporting, grant performance indicators, monitoring and evaluation
Strong written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated research, writing, editing and budgeting skills
Ability to analyze complex issues, summarize key findings and communicate findings in a clear and concise manner
Excellent organizational and time management skills, with attention to detail, accuracy and pacing
Strong project management skills. Work requires continual attention to detail in preparing reports, processing information, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
Strong interpersonal skills; mature and professional manner; ability to communicate with poise and tact; ability to maintain confidence and act with discretion.
Proficiency with MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint. Experience with Raiser’s Edge software would be helpful but is not required.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a tourist excursion railway and private sector, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.CVSR offers excursions year round. The train offers an excellent view of the natural scenery and wildlife of the national park and an opportunity to learn about the history of the railroad in valley.