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Grants and Philanthropy Manager- Institutional Giving Manager

Job Type: full-time permanent position

Location: California

Posting Date: 16 May 14

Closing Date: 31 Jul 14

About the Organization
Island Conservation (IC), a global leader in the conservation of threatened island biodiversity, is working to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. In collaboration with regional partners, IC designs and implements conservation projects which ensure native species protection and demonstrate cutting-edge invasive species removal techniques. IC also supports on-the-ground research to optimize the success of invasive vertebrate removal. Our mission is focused and our conservation outcomes are tangible and measureable. Since its founding in 1994, IC’s conservation efforts have saved 389 species from extinction. Longtime supporter (and co-founder of the Society for Conservation Biology) Michael Soule, described IC as “… the world's most effective organization in terms of species saved from extinction per dollar spent." IC is based in Santa Cruz, California with satellite offices located around the globe.
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Institutional Giving Manager – Grants and Philanthropy Manager
Position Summary
As a member of the Philanthropy team, the Institutional Giving Manager helps recruit philanthropic contributions to support Island Conservation’s annual budget.
Essential Functions
• Research, identify, and cultivate prospective foundation and corporate donors.
• Manage a portfolio of foundation, non-government organization, and corporate donors.
• Write project concepts, letters of interest, proposals, and reports. Synthesize scientific information into compelling and accessible grant proposals and timely reports in order to secure new commitments, renewals, and increased gifts
• Work closely with the Program staff, Regional Directors, and the Director of Science to gather the necessary information to ensure proposals and reports are comprehensive and compelling
• Work with Island Conservation’s Finance Team to develop proposal budgets and financial reports
• Plan and implement excellent donor stewardship and recognition strategies
• Track and meet deadlines
• Monitor grant payments and expenditures
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree required in a relevant field
• 3 - 5 years of experience in non-profit fundraising
• Substantial experience in writing grant proposals, letters, reports or similar fundraising materials
• Strong writing skills with a demonstrated ability in writing compelling public and private grant proposals
• Proven track record in prospect management and charitable foundation solicitation
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with strong attention to detail
• Demonstrated experience using fundraising databases (Salesforce familiarity a plus), Microsoft Office and in conducting donor research
• Basic accounting and budgeting skills with and aptitude for numbers; ability to understand organization's finances and financial systems; and coordinate with finance staff to develop budgets.
• Ability to function effectively as a member of a team, ensuring close coordination and integration with other staff members
• Willingness to work flexible hours
• Willingness to travel occasionally
• Knowledge of relevant foundation and corporate donors desired
• Foreign language skills (particularly Spanish or French) desired

Personal Attributes
The following personal attributes are desired:
• Comfort with working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and locations
• A personable, flexible, tenacious, diplomatic, and respectful demeanor
• Proven ability to serve as a team player and leader to motivate and inspire staff and colleagues
• High energy level, impeccable integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of humor
Compensation and Location
Island Conservation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The incumbent will report directly to the Director of Philanthropy and Communications and work in Island Conservation’s global headquarters in Santa Cruz, California.
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Island Conservation is an equal opportunity employer.


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