The Grants and Community Outreach Coordinator is a member of the Development team and reports to the Director of Development.
Write grants and prepare proposals for family foundations, corporate foundations, government entities, individual donors, and others. Impact areas include land conservation, raptors, preschool, school programs and outreach, capital projects, and more.
Manage grant calendar to ensure timely submissions, including due dates for LOIs, proposals to funders, and reporting after the funding is received.
Complete grant reports and stewardship materials in a timely manner for all grant requests.
Research and build relationships with foundations.
Track financials and spending related to grants, and collaborate across all departments to ensure grant requests and reports include accurate financial and other data.
Ensure foundations are appropriately recognized.
Develop and submit letters and proposals for corporate funding and sponsorships for special events.
Research and build relationships with new businesses and community partners, and regularly meet with corporate supporters and partners to ensure relationship is a match with their community engagement and/or marketing goals.
Ensure sponsors are appropriately recognized in marketing materials and during events, and aid in creating recognition and stewardship materials.
Research individuals for prospective donations or Board recruitment.
Update and prepare marketing materials for use in major gift solicitations.
Assist in planning and executing Center’s annual Gala and other special events, as needed.
Work with the Center’s marketing team to feature stories of donors and grant-funded programs in print and digital communications.
Provide creative input, and assist in writing and editing annual campaign solicitations, as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The successful candidate possesses strong written and verbal communications skills, has demonstrated ability to work well within a team environment, and will feel comfortable managing multiple tasks simultaneously. Additional requirements include:
Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university
2+ years of demonstrated experience in grant writing and fundraising for a non-profit
Proficiency in computer programs, especially Microsoft Office and ResultsPlus donor database software
Strong writing and editing skills with the ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals specific to grantors criteria.
Knowledge of fundraising and research techniques and strategies.
Interest in furthering activities that support nature education, connecting people to nature, and conserving the land on which we live.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, as Center needs require.
High sense of discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated problem-solving skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities and anticipate needs
Ability to work effectively in a team environment
Commitment to Schlitz Audubon’s mission
About Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center conserves our land’s diverse habitats on Lake Michigan and provides meaningful experiences and environmental education for all. Located nine miles north of downtown Milwaukee on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Center offers six miles of trails that take visitors through 185 unique acres of forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs and a shoreline beach. Annually, Schlitz Audubon serves over 150,000 visitors and nearly 27,000 children who participate in our nature science programs. Over 150 preschoolers are enrolled throughout the school year in our nationally recognized preschool. In addition, thousands of adults and families attend our educational programs year round. The Center building received the first Gold LEED certification award in the State of Wisconsin. Schlitz Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).