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American Red Cross, Dakota Plains Region: - 2 positions Position #1: Grants Specialist – remote work opportunity
Make your career count! The American Red Cross is seeking a Grants Specialist who is
responsible for coordinating the full range of activities required to prepare, submit and manage
grant proposals. You will research grant opportunities that matches goals and objectives of the
chapter or region. In this role you will also gather information and coordinate/write grant
proposals to corporations and foundation funds. Finally, you will follow up with grantors to
determine/monitor grant status.
This position will report to the Regional Chief Development Officer and support the Minnesota,
North Dakota and South Dakota region.
Identifies, researches, develops, and writes proposals to secure grants from foundations
including the United Way and other grant-making organizations.
Collaborates with chapter(s) to determine needs and identify fundable projects fitting
Coordinates and complies with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate
donors and United Way.
Conducts initial review of planned proposals and submission guidelines to determine
feasibility; suggests positioning.
Assists with other fundraising projects as assigned.
Education: A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in Communications, Business,
Organizational Development, or a relevant field
Experience: A minimum of 3 - 5 years experience working for a nonprofit organization or
in public relations, marketing, sales, communication or project management. Corporate
fundraising or workplace giving experience preferred. Experience working with
community foundations and the United Way preferred.
Skills and Abilities: Microsoft Office, Donor Management System, is highly preferred.
Other: Excellent written and oral communication skills, including strong presentation
skills. Excellent planning and organizational skills, including attention to detail and data
management. Strong customer service orientation is necessary. Demonstrated ability to
work well within a team. Demonstrated initiative and ability to handle deadlines,
pressure, and changing priorities with good judgment. Operational flexibility to meet
sudden and unpredictable business needs, willingness to work outside standard
established business hours.
Apply at: www.redcross.org/jobs or https://americanredcross.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-
This is an hourly position budgeted at $21.50-22/hr, full time status with benefits.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties
Regional Philanthropy Officer II
Do you want to make a difference? Join The American Red Cross, the world’s largest humanitarian network. For over 100 years The American Red Cross has been a leader in the nonprofit world. In order to support our many humanitarian efforts, our organization depends heavily on the support of our generous donor population. We participate in many donor-focused fundraising activities including identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and philanthropists, as well as corporate and foundation partners across the country.
- Strategy: Develops and executes ongoing strategy for qualifying donors to ensure retention, growth of donor contributions as well as recapture from previous donors. Works collaboratively with other departments and partners with development staff at the National Office to create customized solicitation strategies matching the objectives of the organization and interests of the donor/prospect.
Fundraising Targets and Portfolio Management: Manages an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects with intent to form deep relationships. Responsible for minimum annual fundraising goal tied to segmented or blended portfolio as specified in performance standards, including both renewable gifts and new incremental revenue. Develop donor management plans for entire portfolio resulting in strategic, knowledgeable and complex asks. Personally solicits assigned donor portfolio through face-to-face visits, including preparation of personalized materials. Revenue target may increase due to major domestic disasters. Serve as mentor/informal leader to less experienced team members and operational resource in the areas of retention and strengthening donor relationships.
Prospect Development: Implements programs/activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors at the $2,500 level or higher, with an emphasis on maximizing revenue for the American Red Cross. Works with community Board members and other leadership volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward appropriate donors. Identifies potential planned giving prospects among assigned donors and partners with Region’s assigned Gift Planning Officer to solicit those prospects. Updates donor records in region and/or district database and Salesforce.com following donor contacts.
Relationship Development: Develops ongoing relationships with major donors for the benefits of the American Red Cross. Accountable for cultivating relationships for individual fundraising, organizational fundraising or both as outlined below:
- Individuals: Cultivates relationships with individual donors personally and by supporting volunteer leaders in peer-to-peer outreach, (if appropriate) using giving societies such as the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders as a key program.
- Organizations: Cultivates, solicits and stewards support from corporations and foundations to meet annual fundraising goals within their Regions. This includes assisting corporations in achieving their goals in strengthening their brand, marketing, and employee engagement by being proficient at clearly articulating Red Cross programs, listening to corporations’ needs and aligning programs to their interests, preparing grant proposals, and engaging foundation staff and foundation board members to cultivate and solicit support for the American Red Cross.
- Other: Participates in disaster relief fundraising projects as appropriate. May oversee and have responsibility for staff development.
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Advanced degree highly desirable.
Experience: Minimum five years of sales and/or fundraising experience required. Proven experience in developing strategies for donor retention growth and recapture and proven success with complex requests is required.
Skills and Abilities: Ability to relate well and work effectively with multiple constituencies and audiences. Excellent verbal and written skills. Knowledge of office systems: MS-Office preferred and fundraising database systems (e.g., Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce.com). A team player committed to developing and working within a collaborative environment and to ensuring the highest customer service orientation.
Travel: Requires occasional travel within the Minnesota and Dakotas Region. A current valid driver's license and good driving record required.
It is the responsibility of all Red Cross staff members to recruit, train and work with volunteers and to treat all clients, volunteers, guests, and other employees in a courteous and respectful manner at all times while maintaining a cooperative atmosphere for everyone.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:
Depending on work assignment, may require ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations; or the ability to stand, walk and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of up to 20 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including the ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read technical information. Overall mobility is essential. May include sitting for long periods of time, driving a vehicle and working under challenging conditions.
Apply at: www.redcross.org/jobs or https://americanredcross.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/American_Red_Cross_Careers/job/Sioux-Falls-SD/Regional-Philanthropy-Officer-II_RC45812.