Program Development and Planning Associate (Seedco)


New York, NY

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Programs, the Program Development and Planning Associate will oversee and manage the identification of fundraising opportunities, the development of program concepts, and the preparation of government and private grant applications, funder reports and renewals. Working in partnership with the senior leadership team, the Program Development and Planning Associate will play a vital role in ensuring the growth and sustainability of Seedco programs. This position will also work closely with the Senior Vice President around strategic planning and special initiatives.

Seedco is a national nonprofit organization that advances economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need. With programs in New York, Maryland, Tennessee and Georgia, Seedco offers a modern work culture and collaborative leadership team with varied backgrounds in the private, nonprofit and government sectors.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Manage and execute all aspects of the grants development and reporting process.
    • Serve as lead grant writer and project manager on proposals to a range of public and private funders, including Federal, State and City government agencies, and private and corporate foundations
    • Oversee and project-manage the production and submission of competitive, timely, well-researched, and well-written proposals, grant applications and reports, including production of work plans, narratives, budgets, logic models and performance measures.
    • Develop and maintain internal procedures and tracking documents which reflect status of opportunities, track progress on grants and allow staff to manage grant opportunities and reports and Board to be informed on efforts
    • Oversee program reports and coordinate fiscal office preparations for such reports to ensure timely and accurate submissions
    • Attend conferences and professional meetings concerning funding opportunities
    • Identify and manage consultants/grant writers to supplement internal expertise.
    • Assist with day-to-day administrative tasks related to grant and program development
  • Identify, research, and evaluate government and private funding opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels that advance Seedco's strategic goals
    • Work closely with senior staff to analyze funding trends and opportunities, assess and set priorities, strategic directions and develop appropriate program models.
    • Coordinate internal processes for prospecting, opportunity analysis and program development decision-making.
    • Prepare overview documents and take leadership role in program development meetings with senior staff;
    • With Senior Vice President, develop and begin to implement private fundraising strategy;
    • Develop and implement strategies for cultivating relationships with foundation, corporate, and community representatives, with a focus on securing sustainable, multi-year support
    • Research successful evidence-based program models, emerging policy, and fundraising trends to support program development and create thoughtful and competitive grant proposals.
  • Work closely with the Senior Vice President for Programs on:
    • Agency strategic planning
    • Strategic data analyses for internal and external purposes
    • Liaising with public and private funding sources
    • A range of internal and external special initiatives and projects.
    • Other duties as assigned

Education and Related Work Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree required. Graduate degree preferred.
  • At least 3 years of non-profit fundraising and program development experience, preferably in social services
  • Experience in workforce development, economic development or benefits access desirable

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and excellent attention to detail.
  • Proven track record of writing persuasive and successful grant proposals to private or public funders.
  • Excellent critical thinking and writing skills, including ability to analyze and synthesize program design from program colleagues, and integrate the nuances of funders' interests into competitive, well-written grant materials.
  • Facility with data management and analysis, budgeting, and database tracking systems.
  • Understanding of local, state, and federal government grant sources and national foundations. Familiarity with prospect research resources a plus.
  • Superior project management skills, including the ability to manage effectively under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to be proactive, take initiative, resolve problems, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships and work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies, including staff, current and potential donors, board members and community partners.
  • Strong proficiency in all programs of Microsoft Office required.

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