The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Institutional Resources Manager position is an opportunity to apply your leadership, project management and grant writing experience to an organization that is engaging in powerfully effective work. You will work in a positive environment, surrounded by a team that is building a nation-leading model to close the achievement gap.
This position is responsible for deepening current institutional funding relationships, discovering new opportunities for funding partnership and effectively managing the strategic steps to ensure the best possible result for the NAZ and its partners. This position is also responsible for persuasively communicating NAZ’s mission to current and prospective institutional funders through high-quality proposals, reports and site visits.
The Institutional Resources Manager manages all research, writing, reporting, site visits, and strategy related to both public and private grants and the development corporate sponsorship resources as needed. The position also establishes and maintains direct contact with foundation contacts and involves Development and Organizational leadership when most effective.
Ideal candidates have a solid writing portfolio, experience managing complex grant processes from start to finish, and be a flexible team player willing to build an effective process while completing the work. Ideal candidates must also be able to identify funding opportunities matched with NAZ ecosystem needs and map out the relationship, proposal and reporting steps necessary to secure funding.
Lead a high-profile grant management effort with great attention to the balance of relationship and excellent proposals, reports and site visits.
Develop and write grant proposals to philanthropic funders, as well as other grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating the mission and programs of NAZ to potential funders.
Assemble and submit grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations.
Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers.
Lead increased levels of collaborative grant proposals/projects with outside organizations.
Ensuring prompt formal acknowledgment of foundation gifts as well as relationship-based appreciation.
Maintain a calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, reports, and relationship management.
Work with appropriate program and finance staff to identify and collect information required for proposals and reports.
Manage and conduct prospect research.
Prioritizing projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines, manage supplemental material required for proposals, and engage appropriate staff in the process.
Manage contract grant-writing staff
Collaborate with Investment Campaign to submit campaign-related proposals
Contribute to and attend regular Advancement Committee meetings
Work with leadership staff to set annual goals, strategy, and work plans
Lead effort to ensure alignment between program and development goals; help build an internal culture of philanthropy
Represent NAZ at events, etc.
The successful candidate will be able to set priorities, track strategic action steps to success, discover funding opportunities in a constantly shifting government and philanthropic environment and translate the specific work to NAZ leaders and contractors in order to shape funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner. Excellent project management skills coupled with the flexibility to adjust strategies based on a shifting environment are essential to the role. Additionally, excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized.
Education and/or Experience
A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, plus 3-5 years of related experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Be committed to the NAZ mission and values.
Have a strong working knowledge of the Google platform, Microsoft Word, Excel, and basic internet skills.
Significant experience with the "full-cycle" grant process, from researching grant opportunities to end-of-grant reporting responsibilities.
Strong attention to details to ensure all grant requirements are being met.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a collaborative team environment.
Strong communication skills.
Strong organizational skills, time management skills and flexibility to meet deadlines and quickly adapt priorities in a changing environment with competing demands.
Ability to make sound, independent judgments within established policies and procedures.
High degree of personal integrity, honesty, discretion and financial accountability to work with financial and personnel data, which is confidential and sensitive.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
Work is normally performed in an office work environment but may occasionally include lifting and bending.
Regular operation of normal office machines (computer, copier, and fax) is required.
There are occasional evenings and weekends required.
Limited travel may be required.
About Northside Achievement Zone
The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a bold and innovative collaborative effort to close the achievement gap in a geographic “Zone” of North Minneapolis. The purpose of our work is to end multigenerational poverty in our community, using education as a lever. We use a data-driven, evidence-based, achievement-focused model in which both children and their families move through a “cradle-to-career” ecosystem that provides comprehensive support. NAZ is a leading initiative in the national Promise Neighborhoods and cradle to college/career movement. As NAZ learns what works with families in North Minneapolis to address complex issues related to urban poverty, strategies are being set up for replication and informing the regional, state, and national field.