Grant Officer, International Programs, American Friends Service Committee

Posted by American Friends Service Committee on October 20, 2014

Grant Officer, International Programs, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization, which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

TITLE: Grant Officer, International Programs

DEPARTMENT: Development

Job Category: Exempt

STATUS: Full Time

SUPERVISOR: Director of Grant Unit

REGION/UNIT: Central Office

LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

Overview of Grant Unit

The Grant Unit is part of the AFSC Development Department, which raises general and restricted funds for AFSC through annual giving appeals, major and planned gifts, and grant requests. The Grant Unit is currently responsible for a portfolio of approximately 100 domestic and international grants annually, amounting to approximately $4 million. The Unit’s purpose is to raise grant funds to support AFSC programs from institutional funders including foundations, corporations, and governments. The Unit collaborates with program staff, Regional Directors, and staff from other support units to submit grant requests and reports on grant-funded programs.

Summary of Principal Responsibilities

The Grant Officer, International Programs is responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships and soliciting funds from a portfolio of 40-60 institutional donors on behalf of assigned AFSC international programs. The position involves some travel to visit programs and meet with current and potential funders. The Grant Officer’s primary focus is on grants of $25,000 and more. The portfolio includes foundations, corporations, religious organizations, governments and other grant-making organizations. He/she relates to funders who require the most deftly carried out cultivation leading to solicitation of major grants. He/she coordinates the involvement of other development, program or administrative staff, and volunteers in the cultivation process so that priorities are kept in view, deadlines are met, and duplication or action at cross purposes is avoided.

In collaboration with program colleagues, the Grant Officer writes, edits, and submits grant requests. The Grant Officer works with program staff and staff from other support units to ensure that narrative and financial reports are completed and comply with the donor’s requirements. The Grant Officer researches and qualifies funding prospects and maintains up-to-date records of his/her work in AFSC’s fundraising database and document management system. The Grant Officer also provides support to programs to help them become grant-ready. The Grant Officer is a member of the Grant Process Team and is responsible for attending regular meetings and reporting to other team members on the status of grant seeking activities for assigned programs.

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