Development & Communications Team Member (Grants Manager) – Highlander Center

Highlander’s new Grants Manager will be the primary grant researcher, writer, and reporter for all of Highlander’s foundation income. The role will work with Executive leadership, Highlander’s Education Team, and Foundation program officers to determine Highlander’s funding needs and to identify, apply for, and tell the impact of grant funding that supports Highlander’s work. The role will also work with Operations staff to secure grant funding that supports Highlander’s capacity building and capital needs (buildings, grounds, and other major expenditures). With the Finance staff and other members of the Development & Communications Team, the Grants Manager will track incoming grants and manage reporting processes. This role will play a major part in designing and implementing the strategy to secure short- and long-term grant revenue streams for Highlander’s sustainability.
The ideal candidate is someone who can work as part of a dynamic and diverse staff to translate Highlander’s powerful educational and operational work into compelling grant narratives that appeal to a variety of traditional and non-traditional philanthropic audiences.

Applicants invited to an initial interview will show evidence of a majority of the following:
· excellent writing skills, listening skills, and organizational skills
· commitment to working in a multi-racial, cross-class, multi-gendered work place that centers the leadership of people most directly impacted by systems of oppression
· at least 2 years working for social justice (paid or unpaid work)
· experience with program evaluation tools (written, graphic, alternative media, etc.)
· experience and passion for grant research, writing, and reporting
· the ability to help build and maintain an internal system that builds and clarifies grant research, reporting, and general management of grants
· familiarity with the integration of budgeting & development planning
· familiarity with using databases to enter, track, and retrieve information
· ability to work closely and proactively with the different teams and members of our Board to research, track, and draft grant proposals
· a desire and capacity to learn the work (and keep up with the fast-pace changes to that work) of the various teams that fulfill Highlander’s mission
· the ability to proactively engage and build rapport with foundation representatives and peers in the field to determine appropriate areas of foundation support
· the ability to help track the impact of educational/organizing programs, to listen for and clarify the needs of organizations, and to develop the systems necessary for short, medium, and long-term grants management
· ability to quickly and effectively meet multiple deadlines
· a track record of proposals that have been funded & reports that have been submitted on time & with good process

· proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)
· a demonstrated understanding of Southern and Appalachian economic, social, political, and cultural systems and those working to change them for the better
· previous experience with progressive funders/funder networks
· evidence of relationships with program officers
· familiarity with social justice movement language and how to talk about and write the story of the work
· familiarity with participatory models of organizational development, governance, and budgeting
· comfort working in a rural setting
· Speaking/writing abilities in language(s) other than English

This position is directly accountable to the Executive Directors and members of the Development and Communications Team. Members of Highlander’s staff are expected to participate in regular team meetings, monthly staff & Board committee meetings, and three Board meetings per year. Highlander is a highly participatory work place, with ample opportunity for staff members to work both autonomously and interdependently across teams.

A generous benefits package, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Tennessee) Health, Vision, and Dental coverage, TIAA-CREF employer-paid annual retirement contribution after a year of employment, a nominal life insurance plan, ample sick and vacation time, and holiday leave.
This position is a permanent and full-time (40 hours/week, including 5 paid break hours), exempt position, which means it does not qualify for overtime pay. Highlander staff are highly encouraged to take care of existing benefits to account for occasionally long days, weekend work, and travel.

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