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A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center is seeking to hire a new Grants Manager to join our Development Department to help us raise funds that support the work, mission and institutional fundraising goals of A Better Balance. The primary role of this position is to help manage and expand A Better Balance’s active portfolio of institutional donors, including private, corporate, and family foundations, law firms, and other institutional supporters. This position will contribute to the organization’s mission by developing funding opportunities and writing proposals and request letters, reports to donors and funders on the use of their funds. The Grants Manager will also be responsible for maintaining the proposal and report calendar. This position requires exceptional writing and project management skills, ability to learn quickly on the job, and strong interpersonal skills for working with funders and legal staff. The candidate should possess the ability to manage projects independently, set priorities, and take initiative as well as work as part of a cohesive development team. This position reports to the Director of Development and the Co-Presidents of the organization.

A Better Balance’s mission is to promote equality and choices for men and women at all income levels so they can care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. Since its founding in 2006, A Better Balance has grown from a handful of individuals to a $2 million budget and 20-person organization with offices in New York and Nashville. During that time, the organization has fought for and won victories in improved paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protection, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ policy protection, and other issues. (Additional information about A Better Balance’s work is available at www.abetterbalance.org.)

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Manage prospect research to support ABB’s wide array of funding needs and develop creative funder outreach strategies. Provide guidance on best ways to market and approach donors and funders.
  • Timely submission of well researched and well written grant applications, including writing, editing, proofing and preparing supporting documentation. Drafting solicitation and stewardship letters and materials for major institutional donors, law firms, organizations, etc.
  • Manage, monitor, and ensure tracking of all ABB grants and prospective grants. Responsible for ensuring compliance with all current grant requirements, including all reporting requirements, and for putting together all material needed for new grant applications such as narratives, budgets and supporting materials. Ensure completion by specified deadlines of all required reports and applications. Provide staff and Board members with sufficient time to provide needed materials for reports and applications.
  • Assist in institutional funder cultivation and stewardship, including the scheduling of meetings, preparation of compelling correspondence (briefings, presentations, etc.), and active participation in donor appreciation activities, site visits, and events.
  • Work with the Director of Development and Director of Communications on other public communications as needed including writing communications/cultivation materials for the annual fundraising event, major donor house parties, smaller events, and other diverse audiences.
  • Maintain an accurate grants calendar, tracking grant deliverables and timelines.
  • Work in conjunction with development staff to ensure that institutional gifts and activities are properly entered into our Network for Good database.
  • Participate in staff meetings and contribute to the overall growth and learning of the organization.
  • Work on other special projects as time allows and as assigned by the Director of Development.

 

Skills and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of grant writing and development experience
  • Successful track record in grant research, writing and reporting
  • Strong research skills, preferably with funders, using tools such as the Foundation Center Directory
  • Efficient and compelling writer who can synthesize and learn information quickly
  • Ability to manage multiple demands; results oriented, works quickly and accurately
  • Works well with people, and engenders trust and confidence from colleagues
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including experience writing proposals, concept papers, reports, donor cultivation materials
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • Able to work independently and as a team member – “can do!” attitude
  • Enthusiastic commitment to the goals and values of the organization
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Formatting and grammar nerds preferred!

 

FULL TIME EQUIVALENT

Full time (40 hours per week)

 

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health, and dental insurance; flexible spending account; paid vacation, sick and personal time. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a health work/life balance for all employees.

 

To Apply:

Applications will be considered immediately. Please direct all inquiries to Sohini Das, sdas@abetterbalance.org. Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references electronically. In the subject line of the email, please state “Grants Manager”. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

 

A Better Balance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

A Better Balance is a legal advocacy organization that has been a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce. ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their economic security. We are national leaders on a range of issues, including caregiver/pregnancy antidiscrimination laws, paid sick time and paid family leave laws, support for breastfeeding workers, LGBTQ work-family issues, workplace flexibility, equal pay, anti-sexual harassment laws, and the problem of lack of control over worker schedules. We are also working to ensure that localities that want to pass progressive laws are not stopped from doing so by state preemption. ABB works on these issues at both the national and local levels and employs a wide range of strategies – legislative advocacy, technical support to campaigns around the country, litigation, direct services, grassroots organizing, research, and public education.

Here in New York, where we are headquartered, we were leaders in several successful campaigns, such as: the fight to guarantee earned sick time to millions of workers in New York City, passage of the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which ensures that pregnant women are not pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy, a landmark package of laws fighting abusive scheduling practices, and the New York state paid family leave law. Following those campaigns, we are working on effective implementation of those laws, creating materials, doing outreach, and representing workers in our legal clinic who are being denied rights we helped secure.

ABB is based in New York City and maintains a Southern office in Nashville, TN. The Southern Office focuses on the issues affecting working families in the Southeast US, where poverty rates for women and families are among the highest in the country and where legal protections are often scarce.

The ABB New York City and Southern Offices are both recruiting rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and recent law school graduates interested in applying for an externally funded 1-2 year public interest fellowship starting in September 2019. The NYC fellow would be based in New York City; the Southern Office fellow would be based in Nashville, TN.

Potential projects in the NYC office could focus on: education and enforcement of the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the Earned Sick Time Act, or city scheduling laws; New York State paid family leave laws, equal pay, or anti-discrimination; education and enforcement of recently-passed New York State and New York City anti-sexual harassment laws, paid leave or paid sick time campaigns around the country; LGBTQ work-family issues; defending local, progressive laws from state and federal interference (preemption); direct legal services; or other issues related to expanding work/family laws and policies in New York State or nationally.

Potential projects in the Southern Office could focus on: public education and enforcement of existing legal protections for working families in the Southeast, expanding laws and policies to be more family-friendly, and focusing on particular industries or populations with uniquely Southern issues affecting working families.

 

 Qualifications:

  • Law degree required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, women’s rights, civil rights, or advocacy for low-income populations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, legal research and analytic skills.  Experience writing for legal and non-legal audiences a plus.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills.
  • Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Bengali, Haitian Creole, French, or Korean fluency are a plus.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply, please e-mail a resume, brief cover letter, a short writing sample, and two references with the subject line “2019 Fellowship – [First Name Last Name]” to: echen@abetterbalance.org.

 

A Better Balance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.