Grant Writer/Foundation Relation Mgr
Who We Are:
FoodCorps is a fast-growing national nonprofit that provides a scalable response to the epidemics of childhood obesity and food insecurity, while training a new generation of leaders in the fields of food, health, education and sustainability. We place motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service transforming school food through a three-pillared approach: 1) knowledge: teaching kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from; 2) engagement: building and tending school gardens where children get to grow, cook and taste real food; and 3) access: sourcing local, sustainable food for school lunches. The efforts of FoodCorps service members transform school food environments into oases of health, opportunity and joy.
What We’re Looking For:
FoodCorps seeks an exceptional written communicator and proven relationship-builder to oversee and expand our significant portfolio of foundation relationships and to serve as the primary grant-writer and materials-developer for our fundraising team. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Giving, the Manager will collaborate with colleagues across the organization to develop reports, proposals and foundation relationships that enable FoodCorps to meet its fast-growing annual budget, currently $6 million. This position brings significant opportunities for leadership and professional advancement and involves the immediate solicitation of seven-figure grants. This is a full-time position based in our New York City office near Union Square.
Who You Are:
You are passionate about FoodCorps’ mission and are eager to tell our story to a broad range of stakeholders. You are an exceptional writer, ideally with graphic design abilities that you use to further bring your words to life. You have strong organizational skills, thrive on details, and are comfortable juggling multiple projects and tight deadlines. You can create compelling proposals from scratch and adapt existing materials to reflect the nuances of a funder’s priorities. You are comfortable researching and writing an evidence-based government grant or a heartfelt personal appeal. You have the financial literacy necessary to explain budgets. You have an impeccable eye for detail. You are known for your ability to build meaningful internal and external relationships.
- Research, write, publish and submit compelling cases for support, proposals, reports, letters of inquiry and stewardship updates to foundations, major donors and government agencies
- Ensure timely submission of all proposals and post-award reports
- Proactively and strategically identify, pursue and steward revenue from a portfolio of foundation funders
- Track projects and relationships in our database and keep the team informed of key activities
- Represent FoodCorps at select meetings and events
- Perform other duties as part of our small development team as needed
- Minimum of three years of demonstrated success in grant-writing and foundation relations
- Impeccable writing and editing skills and exceptional attention to detail
- Ideally, visual abilities related to page layout, graphic design and info-graphics
- Knowledge of the food movement, childhood obesity, environmental education and related issues
- Strong research, prospecting and relationship-building skills
- Strength in multi-tasking, goal-setting, and workload prioritization
- Must be self-motivated and excel in a deadline-driven environment
- Must be a strong fit with FoodCorps’ organizational culture, which is fast-paced with an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration
- Comfort utilizing Salesforce or similar databases, Microsoft Office and Gmail, as well as other cloud-based technologies; layout and design skills using Adobe Creative Suite a strong plus
- Effective, collegial communicator who can collaborate with all levels of the FoodCorps staff in-person and remotely via phone and video calls
- Bachelor’s degree required, advanced training welcome
Our Mission: through the hands and minds of emerging leaders, FoodCorps strives to give all youth an enduring relationship with healthy food.
Our Vision: we envision a nation of well-nourished children: children who know what healthy food is, how it grows and where it comes from, and who have access to it every day. These children, having grown up in a healthy food environment, will learn better, live longer, and liberate their generation from diet-related disease. We envision a bright future for our service members: emerging leaders who, having invested a year of public service creating healthy food environments for children, will go on to become farmers, chefs, educators and public health leaders. These visionaries, armed with the skills to improve school food, will improve all food.
To learn more, visit www.foodcorps.org.