We believe that a life free of violence and abuse is a basic human right. Our mission is:
- To ADVOCATE for domestic violence victims, at-risk children, and other vulnerable individuals through comprehensive pro bono legal services;
- To EMPOWER victims with knowledge, resources, and on-going support; and
- To BROADEN OUR IMPACT by engaging, training, and supporting a strong and diverse network of volunteer lawyers and community volunteers.
DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) was established in 2008 as a non-profit 501©(3) organization. We engage, train and support hundreds of dedicated volunteer attorneys each year to handle domestic violence, family law, and immigration cases on behalf of victims, and to serve as court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children living with abuse, neglect, and other dangerous circumstances. We operate free call-in and walk-in clinics throughout the District so victims and other DC residents can access free legal services on a wide variety of legal issues and access non-legal support services including social services referrals, crisis support, and safety planning.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Grants & Foundational Giving serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting DCVLP. In partnership with the Executive Director, this position is responsible for all aspects of the grant and foundational giving process.
The Director of Grants & Foundational Giving has primary responsibility for researching, cultivating, and applying for private foundation and government grants to support the infrastructure needed to grow a $3M budget through the solicitation of federal and local grants and foundation support. It is expected that the amount raised by DCVLP will increase in future years as the Director of Grants & Foundational Giving systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity through government and private grants.
WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB:
- You believe that a life free from violence and abuse is a basic human right.
- You are looking for a job that matters.
- You have experience securing funding from government grants and private foundations.
- You want a flexible work environment that combines the option of virtual work with as needed onsite engagement with colleagues.
WHAT THIS JOB WILL ENTAIL:
- Actively work with the Executive Director and Director of Strategic Partnerships & Volunteer Engagement and other team members to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy and fundraising plan to include corporate, foundation, and government grants.
- Manage development and execution of all grant proposals; write and archive all proposals, including letters of intent and supporting documentation, with a long-term relationship-management approach.
- Supervise and mentor one or two mid-level Development team members to ensure high quality and efficient work while encouraging opportunities for professional growth.
- Secure financial support from foundations and government grants.
- Coordinate and prepare narrative reports to private and government funders in support of active grants.
- Provide reporting and support for the annual budget process.
- Research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position DCVLP ahead of major funding changes or trends.
- Supply narrative reports to identify potential funding sources to support existing and planned program activities.
- Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with foundations.
- Monitor and report on the progress of the grant & foundation portion of the development program.
- Maintain calendar of funding deadlines, including proposals, reports, and renewals.
- As with all jobs on our small, supportive team, other relevant duties as assigned. Please note that this description is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position as it is recognized that job duties may change over time, based on DCVLP’s needs.
- High energy and passion for DCVLP’s mission and clients is essential
- 5+ years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in building, writing and managing both private foundation grants and government grants.
- Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
- Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside DCVLP.
- Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
- Superlative interpersonal skills and ability to develop good working relationships with stakeholders including representatives from foundations and other funders.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Expert MS Office suite skills.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree a plus.
Physical Requirements of The Job
In addition to the functional skills in this job posting, the following physical abilities are representative of physical demands and environment essential to this position:
- The work environment has moderate noise (i.e., business office with computers, phone, printers, and light traffic).