Grants & Development Specialist

Take Stock In Children

Posted: 6/27/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Education

City: Fort Lauderdale

Postal code: 33306

State: Florida

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$10M - $20M


Mission statement:

Take Stock in Children, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, transforming Florida one student at a time. Working in every county throughout Florida, our mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, academically qualified students by providing opportunities for a post-secondary education. We offer college scholarships to students, provide caring volunteer mentors, and instill hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services begin in middle school, continue through high school, and include students' transition into college and career. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a Florida-based non-profit organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by putting low-income students on a direct path to higher education. TSIC seeks a Grants and Development Specialist to identify and pursue key public and private funding opportunities at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

TSIC provides comprehensive services, which include direct student support assistance and college and career success coaching for students in every Florida County. TSIC has provided services to over 32,000 children in Florida including college readiness coaching, advocacy, scholarships, and mentorship. As a result, 96% of TSIC students complete high school, 92% enter college, and 68% complete their postsecondary education (a rate that far surpasses that of at-risk peers).

The Grants and Development Specialist will contribute to the range of development activities pursued by TSIC. This includes identifying grant funding sources, as well as coordinating the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals to public agencies, private foundations, and corporations.

The Position: The Grants and Development Specialist will have the following responsibilities:
• Creating and managing a grant pursuit plan and overall development calendar.
• Conducting the activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations and corporations.
• Engaging in prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for grants.
• Creating and leading a moves management by stewarding the cultivation to solicitation process.
• Tracking leads and statistics relevant to development and produce written materials as necessary for donor stewardship.
• Conducting outreach and meetings (on- and off-site) on behalf of the organization to pursue funding leads and support the CEO in her outreach efforts.
• Identifying and pursue sponsors for two high-profile statewide conferences.
• Developing major fundraising campaigns (e.g. 25th anniversary).
• Maintaining current records in databases including grant tracking and reporting.
• Building a thorough knowledge and understanding of TSIC’s history and programming.
• Collecting information for and help the President & CEO prepare for fundraising meetings.
• Supporting the President & CEO in fundraising efforts, specifically meeting with donors and supporters to convey the compelling story and impact of Take Stock programmatic initiatives.
• Performing other duties as identified by the TSIC President & CEO.


Core Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• A minimum of 5 years of experience in a similar role.
• A demonstrated passion for TSIC’s mission.
• Evidence of successfully securing grants.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
• Able to work well as a team member, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
• Able to monitor and meet income goals.
• Evidence of successful relationship building with major donors.
• Demonstrated organizational skills and a strong attention to detail.
• Strategic and critical thinking skills, specifically an ability to think big, generate ideas, and implement solutions to solve problems.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS (upon offer of opportunity):
• Registered sex offenders (or anyone required to register) and individuals convicted of a felony crime are prohibited from employment with Take Stock in Children.
• Satisfactory background check.
• Ability to work in a classroom, office, and school environment.
• Ability to stand and sit for extended periods of time.
• Documentation that verifies identity and employability in the United States.
• Proof of any diplomas or degrees indicated as a job qualification.
• Two completed reference forms. • Access to reliable transportation. (This position requires at least 30-40% of travel throughout the state of Florida.)


A competitive benefits package is also provided.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To Apply: If you are interested in applying, please send a resume and cover letter and 2 samples of written grants to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

ake Stock in Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by relevant national and state law.


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