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  • Dayana Salazar
    TransForm – Grants ManagerLocation: Oakland, CA Job Description: TransForm, a leading environmental and social justice organization, seeks a grants
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 8, 2013
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      TransForm � Grants ManagerLocation:

      Oakland, CA
      Job Description:

      TransForm, a leading environmental and social justice organization, seeks a
      grants professional to oversee and coordinate TransForm�s
      foundation-related activities. This position serves as the primary writer,
      editor and coordinator of the majority of grant proposals, reports and
      correspondence with foundation staff that the organization generates. To
      learn more about TransForm, visit

      The Grants Manager works closely with and is strongly supported by the
      Development Director and the Executive Director to help sustain, grow and
      manage the significant foundation revenue that supports TransForm�s $3.4
      million budget � plus works closely with program staff in crafting
      proposals and reporting on grants.

      This might be the right job for you if you like being part of a fun,
      energetic, smart and committed team; If you are undaunted by wonky and
      sometimes complex content in need of structure, editing and finessing; If
      you can handle the occasional chaotic periods that accompany
      deadline-driven work. We do believe that you will get a lot of satisfaction
      out of helping TransForm raise the funds it needs to bring world-class
      public transportation and walkable communities to more places!

      *Compensation and Benefits:* This position is a full-time exempt position
      in a family-friendly, fast-paced and highly flexible work environment.
      Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits are competitive with
      similar positions. TransForm also designates funds for professional
      development, administers an employee contribution 403(b) retirement plan
      and contributes to the Commuter Check program.

      TransForm is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and women are
      strongly encouraged to apply. Our staff is focused on making positive
      change in the world. We celebrate diversity and are committed to having an
      inclusive approach in all we do.
      *Key Responsibility Areas:*

      - *Draft and edit grant proposals, grant reports, letters of intent. In
      addition, maintain and compile other application materials such as budgets,
      financial reports, cover letters and more.* Work with staff to produce
      high-quality, compelling grant proposals, reports and other correspondence
      to meet budget goals. This work often triggers needed conversations about
      program goals, strategies and specifics that have not yet been fleshed out
      so there is a certain amount of helping identify gaps and homing in on
      these details plus overall framing in collaboration with program staff.
      Work with key staff, esp. the Development Director and Senior Accountant,
      to develop budgets and financial reports.
      - *Develop and implement a cultivation and stewardship plan for
      foundation staff.* Work with the Executive Director and Development
      Director to determine individual strategies for current and potential
      funders so they receive regular, timely and tailored communications
      (electronic, mail, and face-to-face). Maintain and implement a system in
      Salesforce for tracking these strategies, draft content as needed and
      ensure touches occur in a timely manner.
      - *Track, monitor, and report on all grant-related activities.* Use
      Salesforce to manage information and triggers related to: proposal and
      report deadlines, payment schedules, probabilities of future grants/revenue
      tracking, targeted cultivation tasks, relationships, and renewal grant
      proposals. Maintain accompanying paper records. Regularly communicate with
      key staff on deadlines, crunch times and key tasks.
      - *Research and prospecting.* Occasionally research, identify and
      prioritize new potential sources of foundation funding. Also, support the
      Executive Director as needed when opportunities come up for him to speak
      at/communicate with funder networks, etc.

      *Desired Qualifications:*

      - Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
      - Proven ability to work in a collaborative way producing written
      material. Strong skills in giving and receiving feedback on writing both in
      terms of content and quality.
      - At least 3 years of relevant experience. This should include writing
      significant amounts of lengthy content in a deadline-driven environment.
      Grant writing experience is preferred, but we are open to people with other
      writing background.
      - Experience with a robust database system; Salesforce experience is
      - An understanding of what constitutes a successful grant budget;
      experience in developing budgets is preferred.
      - Self-motivated, attention to detail, patience and the ability to stay
      cool under pressure while meeting multiple deadlines.
      - Connections to or familiarity with foundations a plus.
      - Knowledge of and ability to write about transportation and land use
      issues a plus.
      - Bachelor�s degree required; Master�s degree a plus.
      - A deep commitment to TransForm�s mission and a strong desire to be a
      part of making positive environmental and social change in the world.
      Experience working with/for an environmental or social justice organization
      - Flexibility and a good sense of humor!

      *How to Apply:*

      Please visit and complete the survey at TransForm�s job description

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