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These are current job opportunities at Charter Oak Cultural Center. The appropriate contact information can be found in each listing.

Development Director

Position Summary

The Charter Oak Cultural Center is seeking a dynamic, creative, motivated full-time Development Director to oversee all of Charter Oak’s fundraising efforts including events, various fundraising initiatives and a Capital Campaign.  The Development Director will also manage and write grants.  He/she will work closely with the Executive Director and Development Committee of Charter Oak’s Board.

Responsibilities

  • Developing and cultivating donor/funding prospects
  • Managing a multi-year capital campaign
  • Special fundraising event planning and execution
  • Managing annual campaigns
  • Communicating with individual and corporate donors
  • Managing all elements of high donor relationships
  • Processing donor communications including renewal letters, thank you letters, new donor mailings, solicitation mailings
  • Aiding in the creation of fundraising-specific marketing materials
  • Playing key role in the Annual Gala
  • Conceptualizing, planning and executing dynamic, mission-centered activities and events for individual donor prospects and renewals (e.g. ”ask” breakfasts, house parties, donor recognition receptions) in partnership with board and event committees that raise funds, awareness and visibility of the organization
  • Prioritizing, developing, writing and editing government, foundation, and corporate grant proposals, applications, budgets, ancillary materials and reports according to guidelines, with particular attention to each foundation’s unique priorities
  • Collaboratively working with Charter Oak’s program directors to present programs, initiatives, and activities in writing to effectively secure and report on funding
  • Recording all grant-related information in a database to track upcoming deadlines, submissions, pending grants, and prospects, maintaining excellent historical records; working with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations
  • Identifying new opportunities and conduct research and analysis on current and prospective funding; provide recommendations, including strategies for approach
  • Drafting persuasive and dynamic proposals and letters of inquiry, following guidelines and deadlines provided by the funder
  • Maintaining a comprehensive inventory of renewable and new funding opportunities in line with the development plan, in coordination with the Executive Director
  • Acquiring and maintaining sound knowledge of the organization, and using that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which grants will be sought, and to recommend the seeking of grants
  • Attending government and foundation pre-submittal meetings, as appropriate
  • Ensuring timely production and submission of grant documents

Qualifications:

  • Superior written communication skills, including a capacity to clearly communicate complex ideas, program-related metrics and outcomes compellingly to a variety of audiences
  • Knowledge and familiarity with information sources and research techniques for fundraising prospect research
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring
  • Strategic and creative thinker with the ability to link Charter Oak’s mission and program objectives with funders’ interests and priorities
  • Highly organized, with attentiveness to details and strict adherence to deadlines and deliverables
  • Must be flexible and able to work in a fast-paced and changing work environment and to work well under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs; some experience working in databases preferred
  • Respect for and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • High school diploma/GED equivalent required. Four-year degree preferred
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience in grant writing, including previous experience with nonprofit fundraising
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor!

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to:

Donna Berman
Executive Director
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Or email to: Yashira.Santiago@charteroakcenter.org

Grant Writer

Position Summary

The Grant Writer is responsible for all aspects of raising support from foundations, corporations, and government sources requiring proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Prioritize, develop, write, and edit government, foundation, and corporate grant proposals, applications, budgets, ancillary materials and reports according to guidelines, with particular attention to each foundation’s unique priorities
  • Work collaboratively with project managers and program directors to present programs, initiatives, and activities in writing to effectively secure and report on funding
  • Record all grant-related information in a database to track upcoming deadlines, submissions, pending grants, and prospects, maintaining excellent historical records; working with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations
  • Identify new opportunities and conduct research and analysis on current and prospective funding; provide recommendations, including strategies for approach
  • Draft persuasive and dynamic proposals and letters of inquiry, following guidelines and deadlines provided by the funder
  • Maintain a comprehensive inventory of renewable and new funding opportunities in line with the development plan, in coordination with the Executive Director
  • Acquire and maintain sound knowledge of the organization, and use that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which grants will be sought, and to recommend the seeking of grants
  • Attend government and foundation pre-submittal meetings, as appropriate
  • Ensure timely production and submission of grant documents

Qualifications:

  • Superior written communication skills, including a capacity to communicate complex ideas, program-related metrics and outcomes compellingly to a variety of audiences
  • Knowledge and familiarity with information sources and research techniques for fundraising prospect research
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring
  • Strategic and creative thinker with the ability to link Charter Oak’s mission and program objectives with funders’ interests and priorities
  • Highly organized, with attentiveness to details and strict adherence to deadlines and deliverables
  • Must be flexible and able to work in a fast-paced and changing work environment and to work well under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs; some experience working in databases preferred
  • Respect for and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • High school diploma/GED equivalent required.  Four-year degree in English preferred.
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience in grant writing, including previous experience with nonprofit fundraising

Hours and Compensation

Hours:            20-25 hours per week
Compensation:             $20,000 – $25,000 annually

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to:
Donna Berman
Executive Director
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Or email to: Tianna.Glass@CharterOakCenter.org