Grants Coordinator & Writer

Land Stewardship Project

Job Title:  Grants Coordinator & Writer  

Reports To: Finance Director  

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week, including occasional evenings/weekends 

Salary Range: $42,000-$55,000 FTE annually, plus a benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance as well as vacation, and sick and safe time. 

Location: Any LSP office (Minneapolis, Montevideo or Lewiston) or remotely 

 

Mission: LSP is an organization grounded in its mission and membership. We seek to do work that ensures that the health of the land is enhanced, small- and mid-sized farms thrive, communities are prosperous, and true democracy flourishes. The mission of the Land Stewardship Project is to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture, and to develop healthy communities. 

 

Job Summary: The purpose of this position is to strengthen the grants fundraising efforts of LSP and its 501 c4 sister Land Stewardship Action Fund, by facilitating strong grant proposals and reports, tracking grant deliverables throughout the organization, and grant writing. This position plays a lead role helping our staff to tell the story of our work both to institutional donors and will track our commitments, identify new sources of funding and play critical support to our Programs and Policy staff who rely on grant funding. This position will also coordinate proposals for general operating support. A successful applicant will be a solid project manager, an excellent systems builder and manager, a great teammate/facilitator and convenor, and an excellent communicator – written and verbal. 

 

Essential Functions: 

Grants Management and Administration  

  • Create and maintain LSPs grants calendar and database to ensure all deadlines are met and proposals and reports submitted accurately and on time, and all materials are organized and saved in the proper locations.  
  • Manage all administrative functions for the entirety of the grantseeking process, from prospecting to reporting. 
  • Look for and establish efficiencies across program staff related to grant writing.   
  • Coordinate with program staff and ensure monthly program reports and strategic quarterly assessments of grants work are complete. Develop performance metrics and tracking processes for program evaluation purposes.  
  • Where applicable, the Grants Coordinator will manage outreach to coalition partners for collaborative grant proposals and reports.  

Grantseeking and Funder Stewardship  

  • Research and identify grant prospects that align with LSP’s mission and strategic goals.  
  • Coordinate grantseeking and reporting processes. Work with program directors and staff and the grant writing consultant to develop vision, framing and strategy for project proposals.  
  • Coordinate with program directors and the Finance Director to develop grant/project budgets.  
  • Plan and coordinate activities for funder visits with program staff. 
  • Track and support funder communications, including building and maintaining some funder relationships and supporting relationships with program staff and funders.    

Grant Writing  

  • Roughly 25% of the Grants Coordinator’s time will be spent writing grant proposals, reports, concept papers and other forms of funder communication.  This may include general operating grants and grants specific to LSP or LSAF’s programmatic work. 

Cross-Departmental Fundraising and Engagement  

  • Support the Membership & Individual Giving Team as needed, including event support and semi-annual donor calling. 
  • Work with the Membership & Individual Giving Team to share the story of our impact with major donors, grassroots donors and broader membership base.  
  • Other duties as assigned.  

 

Qualifications: 

  • Experience in nonprofit development, fundraising, communications, or related field.  
  • Grant writing experience required. Strong writing skills are a must.  
  • Project management experience. Ability managing multiple competing projects and tasks.  
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills. 
  • Excellent communicator and strong interpersonal skills.  
  • Strong sense of personal initiative; excellent personal accountability and follow through. 
  • Strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and progressive political change. Commitment to the mission and values of LSP. 
  • Strong in relationship building, cultivating trust, responding to feedback, and thriving in a collaborative environment. 
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and familiarity with various giving software.  
  • Desire to promote LSP’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures. 

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:  None 

Work Environment: We care more about whether you share our values and can successfully manage and advance your responsibilities than we do having you working from our office. Most of your time will be spent in front of a computer. The employee will engage with other staff, members, and public figures regularly throughout the workday. Because of COVID, this is a remote work position, so your work environment is up to you, but having a dedicated workspace and maintaining work hours reflective of office hours (M-F 9-5) is preferable. We will provide you with or support the technology necessary to complete your job duties. We have staff across the state. Our offices are in Lewiston, Minneapolis, and Montevideo, MN but there is no residency requirement in those communities for this position. Because of our flexible work environment and the reach of our organization, individuals based elsewhere in Minnesota should apply. 

Physical Demands: This is a computer/office work-based role which requires extended periods of stationary positions such as sitting or standing. This job also requires communication with the public, members, and other staff frequently, both verbally and in written form. 

To Apply:  Please submit one pdf containing a cover letter, resume, three references, and a relevant writing sample of no more than two pages to Amelia Shoptaugh, HR & Operations Director at jobs@landstewardshipproject.org. Include the position title in the subject line. Please submit your application by May 17th, 2021. 

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