The Grants and Program Manager will play a key role in bringing new visibility and financial resources to SOS USA, in line with the strategic plan. SOS USA’s current donor base consists of monthly child/village sponsors, individual donors, corporations, and major donors. Over the next 18 months, the Grants and Program Manager – a new position – will help lead the formal launch of a game-changing revenue stream.
The Grants and Program Manager will identify, pursue, build, and manage strategic relationships with premier private foundations. This position will ultimately secure and directly manage investments from large, private foundations and will also support the development of new grants, partnerships, and learning opportunities in accordance with SOS’s strategy. The Grants and Program Manager will craft high-quality, compelling, and successful letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports, incorporating existing language and data as well as constructing new framing and positioning to build cohesive narratives for prospective foundation, corporate, and government revenue opportunities that are in alignment with SOS priorities and strategic goals.
The Grants and Program Manager will build new internal framing documents as well as external-facing concept notes and proposals that demonstrate SOS’s impact and will assist with additional copywriting, editing, and development of donor stewardship materials as necessary. This position will establish good working relationships with program staff to ensure clear and timely communication for grant proposal development and reporting requirements.
The ideal candidate will thrive in a high-energy, hands-on, fast-paced, and entrepreneurial organization as part of a collaborative and cross-matrixed team. The ideal candidate is adaptable, takes a solution-oriented approach to getting the job done, and practices innovative design thinking to push the envelope in developing winning proposals. The ideal candidate will also possess a high degree of initiative, take calculated risks, measure performance, and demonstrate an overall drive to build lasting fundraising success for the organization.
The Grants and Program Manager will develop and implement a plan for growth that includes the identification and engagement of new foundation and corporate leads for SOS Children’s Villages USA; the strategic management of these foundation relationships; the writing of compelling 7-figure proposals reflecting forward-thinking programs and initiatives; management of a reporting and stewardship calendar for the portfolio; and close coordination with colleagues from across the global organization – all done with a focus on the overarching goal of increasing robust foundation revenue growth for SOS USA. This position will report to the Vice President of Corporate & Foundation Relations and will also work closely with the CEO. This position is located in Washington, DC, and will require occasional travel.
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