The Community Foundation: Job Posting

Job Posting: Grant and Scholarship Administrator

About Community Foundation of the Dan River Region:  Created in 1996 by a group of caring, forward thinking local civic leaders, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has grown to a robust organization supporting many nonprofit partners in the region. During its 24 years of operation, the Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants and scholarships due to the generosity of its donors.  The Foundation enhances quality of life in our community through grants for basic human services, education and youth development, health and wellness, community development, animal welfare, arts and culture, and environmental initiatives.  Our scholarships have assisted more than 1,100 students with their post-secondary education expenses.  The Foundation’s focus continues to be on making a measurable impact on key community issues.

Mission:  To improve and enrich the lives of people in our community by encouraging the generosity of donors; by receiving, managing and distributing important resources; and by meeting a variety of charitable purposes in our community.

Position Summary/Overview: The Community Foundation is searching for a full-time Grant and Scholarship Administrator to provide programmatic and administrative support for its grant making and scholarship activities, in partnership with the other Foundation staff. The position will ensure the Foundation’s programmatic goals and objectives are achieved with high regard for quality and accuracy.  The Grant and Scholarship Administrator is responsible for three primary areas, with a strong focus on database management:  1) administering grant application processes; 2) managing the Foundation’s scholarship programs; and 3) supporting the Foundation’s special projects and event preparation.  The successful candidate will be a well-organized self-starter and work effectively within a team, fluent in computer applications and comfortable working in multiple databases with a high aptitude for managing data integrity. 

Specific Job Expectations, Skills, and Requirements

Grant and Scholarship Duties:

  • Review and qualify grant proposals through written and online materials, site visits and interviews with other funders and relevant agencies.
  • Prepare and present written and oral analyses of grant and scholarship requests for Foundation staff, Board, donors, and/or committee members.
  • Work directly with grant seekers to provide clarification of Foundation priorities, direction regarding application procedures, and feedback on proposals.
  • Monitor grants, including the production of grant agreements, progress reports, payment requests, and other related correspondence and meetings with grantees.
  • Administer the Foundation’s scholarship program, including the scholarship reception, and visiting with area schools and guidance counselors.
  • Use the Foundation’s Information Management Software (FIMS) and AcademicWorks databases to input, track and maintain grant/scholarship information.

Special Project Duties:

  • Facilitate and collaborate on special events, projects, and publications with other Foundation staff as requested, ensuring a thoughtful and reasonable process, timely preparation and coordination of key activities and materials for committees.

General Foundation Support:

  • Work as a member of multidisciplinary team to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Foundation.
  • Participate in community activities to enhance The Community Foundation operations, as well as those of other area organizations.
  • Work with Foundation donors and prospects to develop its giving programs and provide regular reports on programs the donors have supported.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors and/or Executive Director.

Qualifications and Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Fluency in computer applications, including word processing, email, internet browsers, database programs and presentation softwares (such as Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Constant Contact and FIMS) with an aptitude to learn new systems quickly.
  • High regard for quality and accuracy, attention to details, excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to discreetly handle confidential information such as contributions and other related correspondence.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of constituents and communicate effectively both in person and on the telephone, and public speaking. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, board members, donors, grantees, and the public.
  • Strong, professional oral and written communication skills and creativity, especially with a critical thinking approach.
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team as well as assume independent responsibilities. 

Benefits:  The benefits package includes access to Paid Time Off, paid holidays, life, health, vision, and dental insurance. SEP after one year.

To Apply: Please email cover letter stating your interest and resume to Katherine Milam at kathy@cfdrr.org by August 24, 2020. EOE. 

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