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Degrees Of Change

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Degrees of Change attracts exceptional individuals–people who aren’t just looking for a job, but are looking to make a difference. Our team is made up of courageous individuals who are passionate about transformation that impacts not just individual students, but whole communities. If you’re looking to invest your time and talent in a mission that matters, we’d love to talk to you.

We Take Care of Our Team

  • Competitive compensation
  • Generous matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan
  • Exceptional medical, dental, and vision plans fully paid for employee
  • Short- and long-term disability and life insurance at no cost to employee
  • Generous paid holidays, vacation, personal, sick, and family leave

Openings

Grants Manager

Status: Full-time, exempt, with full benefits
Location: Tacoma, WA
Apply by: June 11, 2021
Expected start date: July 1, 2021

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

To college and back. Together. Degrees of Change (DoC) is a not-for-profit organization that prepares diverse, homegrown leaders to succeed in college and career in order to build more vibrant and equitable communities. We partner with community organizations, high schools, colleges and employers to provide cohort-based leadership training, college success support, and career development programming to underrepresented students and graduates who desire to lead and serve their home communities. As both a national backbone organization and local, direct service provider in Tacoma-Seattle, we provide and utilize research-based programming, cutting-edge evaluation and data tools, and innovative operational systems and technical assistance to support all aspects of our integrated programs. In addition, we contribute through leadership and technology to collective efforts to transform the systems that create and reinforce inequity for our participants and communities. Learn more at degreesofchange.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

A compelling writer who is organized, efficient and grounded in community, the Grants Manager will be responsible for the successful solicitation of grants to support of the mission of Degrees of Change, with responsibility for all aspects of grant management including research and identification, cultivation, writing, stewardship and reporting.

A forward-thinking planner, the Grants Manager will lead the development and implementation of strategies that increase the number and value of grants being awarded to Degrees of Change from foundations, corporations and government entities.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
TEAM WORK

  • Establish and maintain strong partnership with DoC program, evaluation and development staff necessary to build a successful grants program aligned to the strategic plan and other program and organizational needs.

STRATEGY

  • Lead the development and implementation of all aspects of DoC’s foundation, corporate and government grant writing strategy and annual plan.

GOAL SETTING

  • In partnership with the Development Director and aligned to the grant writing strategy and annual plan, create annual and multi-year goals for grant program.

RESEARCH

  • Identify and qualify potential grant making prospects that align to DoC’s mission, programs and strategy.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Cultivate, maintain and deepen relationships with funding grant making partners.

SOLICITATION

  • Submit well-written and concise letters of inquiry and grant proposals that align to DoC’s mission, programs and strategy; the grant plan and calendar; and specific funder priorities and guidelines.

REPORTING

  •  Submit timely and well written reports as required by grant making partners.
  • Provide grant making partners with additional updates, as appropriate, that strengthen partnerships.

GRATITUDE

  • Say thank you often, in various, sincere ways, to our grant making partners, to DoC staff and other partners.

OTHER

  • Perform other duties as requested.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Two or more years of grant writing experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent writing experience in a related field.
  • Compelling and efficient writer with strong presentation and visual communication skills.
  • Ability to represent budgets and program evaluation data in multiple forms.
  • Self-directed, with exceptional organizational skills.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong relational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, flexible, and receptive to constructive feedback.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION    

  • Full-time, exempt, salaried position.
  • Reports to Senior Director, Development.
  • Starting annual salary range of $50,000 – $60,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits including:
    • 4% matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan;
    • Regence PPO Platinum + health plan, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Delta Dental + VSP Signature Vision, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Short- and long-term disability insurance, no cost to employee;
    • $50,000 life insurance, no cost to employee; and
    • Free parking ($125/mo)
  • Paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • Apply online at indeed.com with Cover Letter and Resume by June 11.
  • Initial interviews are planned for June 14-18
  • Anticipated start date is July 1

Development Operations Manager

Status: Full-time, Salary, with full benefits
Location: Tacoma, WA
Apply by: June 25, 2021

POSITION SUMMARY

A relational and detail-oriented project manager, the Development Operations Manager will be responsible for annual donor engagement project planning and implementation, including fundraising event coordination, individual donor appeals, donor database processing, donor stewardship, and donor identification.

An effective communicator and collaborator who is enthusiastic about sharing the mission and impact of DoC, the Development Operations Manager will lead the implementation of annual fund strategies that increase the number and value of donations being gifted to DoC from individuals.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

TEAMWORK

  • Establish and maintain strong partnership with DoC program, evaluation, and development staff necessary to support and grow a successful annual fund program aligned to the strategic plan, programmatic and organizational needs.

STRATEGY

  • Partner with the Development Director to development and refine DoC’s fundraising strategy for individual annual fund donors.

GOAL SETTING

  • In partnership with the Development Director and aligned to the fundraising strategy, create annual and multi-year goals for the annul fund program, including performance metrics and annual evaluation process.

RESEARCH

  • Identify potential donor prospects and prospect communities that align to DoC’s mission, programs, and strategy.
  • Support the identification of current annual fund donors who have the potential to become major donors.

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Cultivate, maintain, and deepen relationships with annual fund donors and other funding partners.

SOLICITATION

  • Develop and maintain annual donor engagement work plans.
  • Lead the planning, strategy, and implementation of fundraising events.
  • Partner with Development Director on the engagement and solicitation of community partners to grow sponsorship program.
  • Partner with the Communications Director in crafting messaging related to individual donor engagement.
  • Lead the implementation of donor communications, including mail appeals and email and social media engagement.
  • Codify and document processes and procedures for donor engagement and solicitation.

STEWARDSHIP

  • Partner with the Communications Director to develop collateral, including newsletters, social media, website, etcetera to steward donors.
  • Lead the development of well-written procedures for, as well as the day-in and day-out processing of gifts through, DoC’s donor database.

GRATITUDE

  • Say thank you often, in various, sincere ways, to our annual fund donors, to DoC staff, and other stakeholders.

OTHER

  • Perform other duties as requested.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to the mission and values of Degrees of Change.
  • Deep commitment to educational, racial and economic equity.
  • Strong relational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Self-motivated and self-starter, detail-oriented, flexible and receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Ability to manage multiple overlapping and interconnected projects, while building systems that allow for operational efficiencies and continuous improvement.
  • Self-directed, with strong organizational skills.
  • Compelling and efficient writer with strong presentation, storytelling and visual communication skills.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS, ACCOUNTABILITY & COMPENSATION 

  • Full-time, salaried position.
  • Reports to Senior Director, Finance + Development.
  • Starting annual salary of $50,000 to $60,000.
  • Comprehensive benefits including:
    • 4% matching contribution to 401(k) retirement plan;
    • Regence PPO Platinum + health plan, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • Delta Dental + VSP Signature Vision, premiums paid 100% for employee, 50% for dependents;
    • short- and long-term disability insurance, no cost to employee;
    • $50,000 life insurance, no cost to employee; and
    • free downtown parking.
  • Generous paid vacation, personal, sick and family leave.

APPLICATION & TIMELINE

  • Apply online at indeed.com with Cover Letter and Resume by June 25.