OVERVIEW The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)—founded nearly 50 years ago in Washington, D.C.—is a nonpartisan, nonprofit anti-poverty organization advancing federal, state, and local policy solutions for low-income people. We view all our work through a racial equity lens, addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status. Low-income people are under greater threat than at any time in CLASP’s history, making our work more urgent than ever.
Within this broad anti-poverty mission, CLASP is organized around five policy teams: Child Care and Early Education, Youth Policy, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, Income and Work Supports, and Job Quality. Over the past several years, we have integrated our work more extensively across teams, providing depth on crosscutting issues like immigration and immigrant families, criminal justice reform, and mental health. In 2018, CLASP’s total budget was $8 million, with more than 90 percent of revenues coming from foundation grants.
CLASP is seeking a grants manager to join our three-person development team. The successful candidate will have strong writing skills, intellectual curiosity, and an interest in progressive social and economic policy for our development team. As the point person for CLASP’s foundation fundraising, the manager will provide leadership over the foundation grant process. This includes drafting, editing, and coordinating applications and reports as well as foundation stewardship.
POSITION SUMMARY Under the supervision of the development director, the grants manager will administer key aspects of CLASP’s foundation fundraising, including drafting and reviewing proposals and reports. This work will be completed in partnership with CLASP policy experts and administrative staff. The manager will work closely with the director, along with our development associate, to achieve CLASP’s fundraising goals, identify needs, and implement new systems.
This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C.
RESPONSIBILITIES Proposal Development
Lead the writing process, including drafting (as necessary), editing, and submitting persuasive letters of intent (LOIs) and proposals across the range of CLASP’s policy areas to private and public foundations and corporations. Develop, track, and manage the proposal development process in coordination with CLASP policy and finance staff. Develop a deep understanding of CLASP projects and programs to inform LOIs and proposals, case statements, concept papers, and reports. This includes meeting with CLASP staff across all departments. Prospecting, Cultivation, and Stewardship
Research and engage potential foundation and corporate funders. Manage all foundation assets, materials, and toolkits. Prepare high-quality reports on foundation compliance and stewardship. Prepare briefing materials for the executive director and other staff in advance of foundation visits. Work with CLASP’s communications team to draft and distribute annual reports and other content. Development Operations
Coordinate responses to funder requests. Track submission dates, report deadlines and requirements, foundation contacts, and stewardship activities. Complete and submit reports to funders as well as other required paperwork. Track funding disbursement and develop financial reports. Maintain impeccable digital (DonorPerfect) and hard-copy files of grant-related reference resources, including funder research files, grant application deadlines, grant reporting schedules, stewardship activities, and other information as needed. Write and maintain evergreen templates based on institutional background information, annual cases for support, program work plans, and previous submissions. Analyze key metrics for grant-based fundraising. Other duties, as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS The successful candidate will have:
At least 3 years of work experience, including demonstrated effectiveness at fundraising, grant writing, and/or prospect research. Demonstrated skill as a writer and editor. Experience drafting grant proposals and reports is strongly preferred. Commitment to CLASP’s economic and racial justice agenda. General familiarity with at least some of our policy areas is strongly preferred. Excellent organizational and project management skills, ability to set priorities, and consistent attention to detail. A self-starter mentality with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with diverse stakeholders and audiences. Strong computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office. Strong database management skills. Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports. Demonstrated success in a deadline-driven environment, including ability to complete projects on schedule with a high standard of quality and ability to prioritize, plan, and execute multiple grants and contract submissions in a timely manner. Flexible, adaptive work style, along with a sense of humor General knowledge of best practices in grant-seeking and fundraising trends.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience. CLASP offers exceptional benefits, including health insurance; dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; long-term care insurance; a 403(b)-retirement program; flexible spending accounts; and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
CLASP is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty nonprofit advancing policy solutions for low-income people. We develop practical yet visionary strategies for reducing poverty, promoting economic opportunity, and addressing barriers faced by people of color. With 50 years' experience at the federal, state, and local levels, we're fighting back in today's threatening political climate while advancing our vision for the future.