Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a national leader in unaccompanied child (UAC) migrant and refugee issues. Launched in 2008, KIND is dedicated to a world in which children’s rights and well-being are protected as they migrate alone in search of safety. Through a proven model and innovative partnerships, KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings by providing high quality legal services. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.
KIND is seeking a Grant Manager
Position Description & Responsibilities KIND seeks a full-time Grant Manager to join its four-person Development team. Reporting to the Vice President for Public Outreach and Strategic Development, the Grant Manager will develop, write and submit letters grant proposal and reports in coordination with program and development staff. They will coordinate among departments to ensure a smooth flow of information, and to facilitate a thoughtful, strategic relationship between the Development, Programs, Finance, and leadership teams.
Proposal Development and Grant Writing
Work with Program staff to develop and write letters of inquiry, proposals, and impact reports, and additionally with Finance to develop program budgets and budget reports;
Work with Programs and Finance to gather data, information, and supporting documentation required to prepare and submit funding requests and grant reports.
Prospect Research and Cultivation
Conduct prospect research to identify new foundation, institutional (i.e. U.N., international agencies) and government funding opportunities that align with the organization’s mission, initiatives, and programs.
Communicate with foundations and other institutional funders
Track and manage all proposal/reporting deadlines, submissions, and status updates within Raiser’s Edge.
Inform relevant staff of awarded foundation grants or government contracts, deliverables, and reporting requirements and deadlines.
Develop an in-depth understanding of KIND’s strategic plan, initiatives, and programs.
Stay informed of current issues and trends in immigration, youth services, and philanthropy.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Strong writer with proven ability to develop high-level, compelling proposals with a theory of change lens; ability to synthesize complex ideas and align them with funder priorities.
Detail-oriented with strong project management skills in planning, prioritizing, and coordinating multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Must be flexible and open to changing needs and priorities.
Excellent research, analytical, and communications skills.
High level of confidence and ability to work independently as well as within a team structure; proven ability to work well with diverse groups of people in different departments and functions.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge (or similar donor relations database system).
Educational and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree with at least 3 years of grant writing experience required, preferably in the legal and/or social services sector;
Experience and comfort with budgets and quantitative data is preferred.
Experience with government contracting processes and various funding streams (federal, state, city) a plus.
What We Offer
KIND offers a competitive benefits package including: medical, dental, and vision insurance; short and long-term disability; life insurance; flexible spending accounts for medical and transportation; 403(b) with organizational match; as well as a number of voluntary benefits including prepaid legal services and pet insurance. In addition, KIND offers generous leave benefits including paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays, and parental leave.
KIND places great emphasis on providing employees the ability to balance their professional and personal responsibilities. Flextime, telecommuting, parental leave and wellness activities are some of the benefits that promote this value—and we are consistently searching for ways to support our staff’s ability to enjoy successful fulfilling careers while taking care of themselves and their families.
If you are interested in joining the team and working on the front line of immigration, please apply at SupportKIND.org/jobs! You must include your cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.
KIND is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.
The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also engages in programming in Central America and Mexico to promote the best interests and protection of migrant children throughout the region. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.