Grants Manager and Writer, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Job Title

Grants Manager and Writer


Interlochen Center for the Arts

About the Position

Interlochen Center for the Arts, one of America’s most prestigious institutions for arts education, performance and fine arts is seeking to hire a Grants Manager and Writer. This position is responsible for managing the grants program and also writing and submitting grant applications. Another part of this role is preparing grant reports as well as managing strategic relationships with foundation partners to help advance philanthropic support for Interlochen priorities and programs. This person also serves as the primary departmental resource for writing content, style, and branding.

Work Environment

An office on campus is the primary working environment.

40 hours per week, with occasional evenings and weekends. Needs to be available for communications outside of normal office hours.

Limited travel (e.g. conference, grant workshops, occasional donor visit if applicable with major gift officer)

Standing, sitting and working on the computer for extended periods of time

Job Duties

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Grants Management

Build and maintain a portfolio of 25-50 foundations, with a goal of securing $1-$2 million annually both directly and in partnership with the major gifts team.

Lead and coordinate the grant application process. Write, edit, and submit letters of intent, full proposals and grant reports as the primary author, in coordination with major gift officers as relevant.

Maintain and continue to expand an understanding of current fundraising priorities across campus and seek out potential funding sources.

Engage in identification, qualification, strategy, relationship building and closing of foundation gifts, in coordination with the major gifts team. Steward foundations as necessary.

Maintain and continue to expand an understanding of current fundraising priorities across campus and seek out potential funding sources.

Work with faculty and fundraising colleagues to develop effective fundraising strategies that translate into successful foundation proposals.

Ensure proper handling of proposals and grants. Meet individual proposal or grant requirements, monitoring submissions and deadlines.

Document results of all substantive contacts with foundations on SalesForce.


Lead drafting of materials as required by departmental needs and in support of fundraising priorities.

Delegate and review writing assignments to the Research Associate and other staff as needed.

Maintain a clear understanding of advancement goals, strategies, and messages, and articulate this information appropriately and effectively.

Independently adjudicate and incorporate changes, comments, and critiques from multiple reviewers.

Collaborate with colleagues in Marketing and the President’s Office as needed to plan and implement communications that uphold Interlochen messaging, tone, and brand guidelines.

Keep abreast of trends and best practices in donor communications and grants management.


Assist with advancement research including preparing meeting briefs, attendee research reports and general prospect research as needed.

Problem Solving/Decision Making

Prioritizing and responding in a timely fashion given multiple requests and research needs from the Advancement Office and the President’s Office.

Working collaboratively with other team members.

Independently adjudicate and incorporate changes, comments, and critiques from multiple reviewers


Knowledge and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required

2-5 years of experience in grants management and project-oriented writing required.

Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills, both written and oral; clearly demonstrated writing skills, especially persuasive writing, and a proven track record in obtaining grants.

Ability to work with individuals from across the organization, including the President, Provost and major gifts team members along with key alumni and volunteers.

Demonstrated ability to work independently with little supervision and be very well organized and detail-oriented.

Ability to delegate and oversee the work of others’ individual efforts and as part of larger, complex applications.

Able to exercise strong judgment, discretion, and tact and conduct oneself in a professional and ethical manner.

Able to work with highly sensitive and confidential information.

Demonstrated ability to use computer software applications, databases, networked information systems and the internet

Ability and/or willingness to learn to conduct background and informational research, analyze and report findings.

How to Apply

To apply:

Prepare a cover letter and resume in one PDF document. Gather 3 (three) character references with their valid email addresses

Go to

Search for the position name

Upload your cover letter/resume FIRST (fields will auto-populate from your resume) and then complete the remaining pieces of the application

Senior Vice President of Donor Development and Engagement, Bethany Christian Services

Job Title

Senior Vice President of Donor Development and Engagement


Bethany Christian Services

About the Position

As the Senior Vice President of Donor Development and Engagement, you will serve as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Bethany Christian Services.  This individual will work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and oversee all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build Bethany Christian Services visibility, impact, and financial resources.

The SVP of Donor Development and Engagement will design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.  It is expected that the amount raised by Bethany Christian Services will increase significantly in future years as the SVP of Donor Development and Engagement systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity. In 2018 Bethany raised over 18M in funds.

This position is expected to function effectively with little supervision while following the guidelines given on procedures, along with agency, federal, and state regulatory requirements.

Requisition #: req2216
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Hours: Full-time

Job Duties


  •  Oversee, lead, and develop direct reports to include performance evaluations, training, and coaching;
  •  Expand and diversify Bethany Christian Services donor base and pipeline, while working closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives;
  •  Establish and implement the infrastructure needed to continuously grow the annual fundraising goal through the solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support;
  •  Support and partner with the CEO and board members on all major fundraising initiatives, and assist board members with taking on an increased and active fundraising role;
  •  Work collaboratively with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to develop and implement Bethany Christian Services financial strategy;
  •  Actively work with the Donor Development and Engagement team to develop and implement a comprehensive growth strategy that includes corporate, foundation, government grants, and other similar entities;
  •  Oversee and manage the development and execution of all fundraising proposals, and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach;
  •  Oversee research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position Bethany Christian Services ahead of major funding changes or trends;
  •  Monitor all donor information, while also presenting statistical analysis to the board and senior leaders;
  •  Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper relational ties with donors;
  •  Identify, develop, and mentor the development team;
  •  Complete other duties as assigned.



  • Master’s level degree in Business Administration, Human Services, or related field of study from an accredited college;
  •  At least ten (10) years of experience in a similar role or in a role focused on fund development and public relations;
  •  At least three (3) years of experience leading a team of professionals or a department with strong interpersonal skills;
  •  Baseline certification in fundraising and the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive), preferred;
  •  Must possess the ability to attain professional member in the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professional) and represent the organization with high integrity standards;
  •  Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor and hold accountable a team of donor engagement professionals;
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication and negotiation skills;
  •  Demonstrated self-reliance and personal initiative and the highest level of personal integrity;
  •  Demonstrated creativity in both planning and plan implementation.
  •  Demonstrated success working in a high matrixed and collaborative organization, where managing by influence is key;
  •  Demonstrated success in achieving and exceeding fundraising targets;
  •  Active motor vehicle license and a reliable vehicle with adequate insurance coverage;
  •  Pass a criminal history screen, including state and local child protection agency registries;
  •  Subscription to and integration of the agency Statement of Faith, Mission Statement, and Cultural Diversity Commitment.

How to Apply

Please link to this page:

About the Organization

Bethany Christian Services strengthens and equips families to be the answer for vulnerable children, both in local communities and around the globe. We do this primarily through foster care, refugee services, and adoption. Our foster care and refugee service programs are continuing to expand at a rapid pace as we focus on unaccompanied refugee minors in urban areas around the globe. Thousands of children are in need of the support and safety that comes from being part of a family. Bethany is on the front line of providing solutions.

Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, Carroll University

Job Title

Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations


Carroll University

About the Position

Classification: Administrative Staff- Full Time

Reports To: Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Position Summary: The Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for the solicitation of gifts from foundations and corporations to support University goals and priorities. This includes the preparation and presentation of proposals and other materials to generate interest on the part of these important constituent groups.

Job Duties


• Create a vision and strategy for a sophisticated foundation and corporate relations program that will build strong relationships with appropriate constituent groups in order to support University goals and priorities.

• Maintain a thorough research program to determine the giving patterns of local, regional and national foundations and corporations.

• Develop an active list of contacts in order to interact with external sources for the procurement of gifts and grants.

• Coordinate the proposal process to include arrangement of meetings, drafting preliminary inquiries, development of timetables, review of proposals and assurance of interdepartmental coordination.

• Prepare proposals and related materials to potential funders in coordination with individuals from campus as required.

• Create and maintain an annual operating plan, which includes a calendar and measurable goals.

• Maintain a central file of proposals, technical and financial records and reports, and a clearinghouse for proposals and application forms.

• Prepare regular communications to familiarize deans, faculty and others about the trends and interests of foundations and corporations.

• Keep abreast of federal and state legislation, which would have a direct or indirect bearing on the preparation of proposals.

• Coordinate, as necessary, with the Director of Grant Programs so as to share pertinent university program information that would be helpful for all University grants and proposals.

• Assure appropriate follow-up and tracking by monitoring status and outcome of proposals after submission, tracking all details of the proposal process.

• Assist in the preparation of proposals and other projects to non-foundation or corporation projects as requested.

• Travel as needed and appropriate to support foundation and corporate relationships.

• Assist with Development and other Institutional Advancement functions as needed and necessary.

• Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned.


Qualifications, Education and/or Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree

• Minimum of three years of related experience in a similar position that includes a heavy emphasis on relationship building and writing assignments.

• Outstanding written communication skills, including experience in proposal writing and organization of reports and budgets.

• Ability to work independently while planning and organizing multiple tasks within a team setting.

• Familiarity with prospect management systems

• Knowledge of advancement data systems

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to clearly articulate the mission of Carroll University.

• Experience in establishing rapport with individuals in the foundation and corporate arena.

• Ability to generate contacts and meetings while preparing the necessary written proposals and other materials.

• Must be a people person, with the ability to interact with internal and external audiences.

• Excellent presentation skills are critical.

• Diplomacy, tact and courtesy are paramount.

• Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and review work in order to meet schedules is essential.

• Requires the ability to analyze situations and implement appropriate actions and responses.

• Strong writing skills in order to develop professional reports, strategic plans and correspondence are very important.

• Should have the ability to take initiative and follow through with minimal supervision.

• Demonstration of integrity, positive attitude and a sense of humor.

• Candidates must be willing and able to support and advance the University mission (

How to Apply

Job# 1819-076

Please reference job #1819-076 and submit cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources

Carroll University

100 N. East Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186

About the Organization

Carroll University does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veteran’s status in administration of programs or in the employment of faculty and staff. EOE

Senior Advancement Officer, Carroll University

Job Title

Senior Advancement Officer


Carroll University

About the Position

Classification: Administrative Staff- Full Time- 12 Month- 2080 Hours

Reports To: Assistant Vice President for Development

Summary: The Senior Advancement Officer (SAO) is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for the solicitation of major gifts, including outright and deferred/planned. Manage a portfolio of at least 150 rated prospects that have a capacity and inclination to make a gift of $50,000 or more to support a wide range of university initiatives.

Job Duties


• Develop a working knowledge of Carroll University in general and funding priorities specifically so as to articulate a compelling case for support to all constituents.

• Manage a sufficient prospect portfolio of alumni, friends, parents and faculty to generate 10-15 prospect visits per month that will lead to the growth in the number of completed major and planned gift solicitations and major gifts closed. Strategically schedule prospect visits to use time efficiently and effectively with approximately 50% of time spent out of office on visits (some regional and limited national travel).

• Provide timely stewardship of assigned prospects and donors.

• Assist the Assistant Vice President of Development in managing prospect and volunteer activities as necessary.

• Provide staff support for appropriate university officials for the purposes of prospect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship as needed.

• Communicate closely with the appropriate staff regarding information pertaining to major and planned gift prospects, including contact reports, proposal generation, planned gift documentation, gift acknowledgements and other data important for the preservation of donor/prospect records.

• Participate in development activities, such as capital campaigns, events, donor briefings, committee meetings, and volunteer activities, as needed and appropriate.

• Assist with the successful development and implementation of Institutional Advancement events, including but not limited to, homecoming, reunion, donor functions (luncheons/dinners, etc.) and athletic events, that can be utilized for cultivation and/or stewardship activities for prospects and donors.

• Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned.


Qualifications, Education and/or Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree required.

• Minimum of four years of major gift experience, preferably in higher education or equivalent experience in a related field.

• Demonstrated successful track record in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major and planned gifts ($50,000 and above) is preferred.

• Working knowledge of planned and deferred giving vehicles.

• Ability to make “cold calls” via phone for prospect discovery and cultivation

• Ability to manage stress with multiple competing priorities while maintaining a positive attitude and affect.

• Knowledge of development data systems

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to clearly articulate the mission of Carroll University.

• Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and aptitude to work with people of different ages and temperaments.

• Superior written and oral communication skills.

• High energy level, self-motivated, and self-directed to design and complete complex projects.

• Must also have skills and desire to: multi-task and meet deadlines; be a team player; work collaboratively; understand the principles and techniques relevant to major gift fundraising and; participation in evening and weekend activities as necessary.

• Demonstration of integrity, positive attitude, diplomacy, tact, courtesy and a sense of humor.

• Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, and Power Point.

• Candidates must be willing and able to support and advance the University mission (

How to Apply

Job# 1718-074

Pease reference job# 1718-074 and submit cover letter, resume and application to:

Human Resources

Carroll University

100 N. East Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186

About the Organization

Carroll University does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veteran’s status in administration of programs or in the employment of faculty and staff. EOE

Development Director, Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Job Title

Development Director


Land Conservancy of West Michigan

About the Position

This is a unique leadership opportunity to create systems and processes for the strategic reimagining of the LCWM Development Department.   The Development Director is responsible for the oversight of all LCWM annual fund, major gift, and planned giving activities and includes identifying, researching and securing funds available through individuals, foundations, and businesses.  It also includes oversight of development staff and all development initiatives.  

This position will include creation of a major donor identification, cultivation, and development program, ongoing refinement and growth of the business partner program, development and implementation of a planned giving program, and the cultivation and growth of the LCWM donor base. In conjunction with the executive director, the LCWM board, and the staff, the Development Director will be a proactive and collegial team player, serving as a public face for the organization and an engaged member of the West Michigan community. 

Work Environment

This job operates in a clerical office setting.  This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, filing cabinets and multifunction printer/copier.

Physical Demands

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required.  This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

Position type/Expected Hours of Work

This position is Regular Full-time Benefit Eligible, Professional Exempt and works approximately 40 hours per week.  Office hours are 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday.  Some evening and weekend work required to perform essential functions.


This position requires minimal day travel for meetings and events.  Mileage will be reimbursed based on the Land Conservancy’s policies.

Job Duties

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Board, and staff to develop strategies designed to meet the organization’s overall financial and related strategic goals
  • Create, implement, and execute an effective major donor program that identifies, cultivates and connects major donors with LCWM in an intentional and organizationally beneficial manner
  • Create, implement, and execute an effective planned giving program
  • Create, implement, and execute an effective strategy to grow the general LCWM donor base as long term, sustaining members
  • Refine and enhance the effective, ongoing growth of the existing business partner program
  • Utilize available metrics and trends to maximize the effectiveness of all fund raising strategies

Process Functions

  • Create and maintain an organizational process that ensures advancement of major donor, planned giving, and business partner programs
  • Work collaboratively with the development team to ensure effective utilization of the donor database, including the efficiency of donor acknowledgement and thank you letters and the creation of accurate reports and metrics
  • Create and maintain monthly reports to the Executive Director on resource development activities, and status
  • Oversee all aspects of fundraising events, in collaboration with staff
  • Oversee the direct mail process and communications calendar to ensure they fit within and help support all fund raising efforts
  • Work with the Executive Director in establishing annual fund raising goals, and ensure the goals and implementation meet organizational and strategic plan needs and outcomes
  • Work with the development team, Communications Specialist, and others to organize and execute annual giving drives, including target mailings to prospective donors, and executing strategies to retain and increase donations of current donors (both individuals and businesses). 
  • Research, develop, implement, and maintain planned giving program, including identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects
  • Work with the Executive Director, development team, and program staff to plan, coordinate and implement project-specific campaigns
  • Coordinate with development team to ensure all gift recognition is made in a timely manner
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
    • Minimum of three years professional, focused, nonprofit fundraising experience
    • Excellent written, oral, and public speaking skills
    • Excellent research skills
    • Ability to conceptualize, organize, implement and manage a variety of projects
    • Experience and competency in Salesforce or similar donor database, and Microsoft Office
  • Excellent verbal, written and oral presentation skills
  • Excellent work ethic, able to take initiative and work effectively alone or in group setting
  • Flexible and adaptive approach to work and hours, including weekends, and attendance at a variety of meetings and functions
  • Effective at collaboration and leading a team
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Preferred Education, Experience & Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in non-profit management
  • Understanding of land trusts and their conservation mission
  • Experience working with board, committees and/or volunteers
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, friendly and considerate
  • Passion for work and mission of the organization

How to Apply

For full description and to apply, please visit:

About the Organization

The mission of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan is to help people protect, enjoy, and care for natural land in West Michigan.  A non-profit organization, the Land Conservancy is an accredited land trust dedicated to the permanent conservation of natural areas in West Michigan (including all or parts of eight counties: Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, Newaygo, Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, and Lake).  With 40+ years of experience keeping nature nearby, the Land Conservancy has protected more than 11,000 acres with nature preserves, conservation easements, and project assistance to local communities.