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Grants Manager

Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network

WREN began in 1994, with an ambitious plan to create an 8-month training and support program to assist 12 very low-income women in achieving their dreams of business ownership. By the spring of 1995, these WREN pioneers were operating their own enterprises. Encouraged by the positive results from this pilot project, we began building what we today refer to as the 'WREN Community'.

Twenty three years later, WREN is a membership-driven organization with over 1000 members, men and women living in New England and beyond, who benefit from and support WREN's many initiatives and resources, including Local Works, our retail store featuring the products of nearly 300 vendors, the Gallery at WREN, our two Local Works Farmers Market and Outdoor Marketplaces, and our incubator office space. Over the last two decades, we have assisted more than 1850 business owners. Nearly half of our members currently operate their own businesses.

WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities and builds connections through community. Our work connects people with one another, provides access to resources many couldn't afford on their own, offers learning opportunities including entrepreneurial business training and technical assistance, creates and supports markets for entrepreneurs, actively engages in Bethlehem's revitalization, and serves a national model for rural economic and community development.


As WREN’s grant manager, you are responsible for the full range of activities associated with one of WREN’s primary revenue streams: grant funding from government agencies, foundations and corporations. You are expected to identify, prepare and submit grant proposals that persuasively communicate WREN’s vision, mission, values, and programs. In addition, you are responsible for the stewardship of grants once awarded, including the timely preparation an submission of all required reports and supporting documentation to the grantor.

Requirements:

Required Education, Experience and Competencies

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Outstanding writing and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly, succinctly and persuasively.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Able to construct and monitor budgets as well as basic skills with financial accounting and reporting.
  • High level of computer literacy, including familiarity and comfort using Google and Microsoft office software (Docs/Word, Sheets/Excel, Slides/Powerpoint), conducting online research, using email, online application platforms, and databases.
  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines without sacrificing the quality of work and produce quality work
  • A valid driver’s license and use of a reliable vehicle to travel to periodic off-site meetings
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, and detail-oriented
  • Able to work effectively within a team and provide support to other staff

Preferred Education, Experience and Competencies

  • Knowledge of WREN’s mission, programs and services.
  • 3-5 years prior experience in grant writing
Responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of WREN’s history, vision, mission, values and programs
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with current and potential grant funders.
  • Research and identify grant funding opportunities to meet WREN’s operational and programmatic funding needs
  • Working with Executive Director and other staff, as appropriate, craft and submit grant proposals, including all narratives, budgets and supporting documentation.
  • Promptly acknowledge all grant awards and handle other correspond with grantors as needed.
  • Working with Executive Director and other staff, as appropriate, monitor implementation and tracking to ensure that grantor’s expectations are met.
  • Support program and operations staff in tracking and reporting on grant related activities through development of tools, such as forms, surveys, etc.
  • Prepare and submit required reports to the grantors, as well as other updates about WREN as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain a grant applications and reporting calendar
  • Maintain hard copy and electronic records for all grant proposals, grant-related correspondence, grant reports and other grant-related activity.
  • Provide regular reports to the Executive Director on grant-related activity and track/assemble data and statistics relevant to WREN’s overall fundraising, operations, or programs when asked to do so by Executive Director.
  • Attend regular program and operations staff meetings.
  • Participate as a member of the WREN program and operations team and take on other duties as assigned.
How to Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Alison Chisolm, Executive Director, at alisonc@wrenworks.org.

Job Location:

Bethlehem

Date Added: June 4, 2018

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