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Grants & Development Coordinator

Northern Forest Center

The Northern Forest Center (the Center), founded in 1997, is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization with a mission to create bold possibilities that give rise to vibrant Northern Forest communities. The Center is a regional innovation and investment partner creating rural vibrancy by connecting people and economy to the forested landscape across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Our programs advance innovative strategies in community revitalization, the forest economy and regional strategy.

Over our twenty-year history, the Center has developed a reputation as a regional convener and advocate, delivered tangible programs to diversify the forest economy, secured forests for community benefit and begun to invest more deeply in targeted community revitalization – all of which are designed to position the Northern Forest as a dynamic region in which people and forests thrive.  

Please visit our website,, for more information about our work.



The Center seeks a Grants & Development Coordinator to join the philanthropy and operations teams in our Concord, NH office. This is an ideal position for a person passionate about supporting the communities and forested landscapes in the Northern Forest region through creative approaches to fundraising. Working closely with the Director of Development, this position will coordinate and drive the Center’s annual giving program, lead federal and foundation grant administration, coordinate special projects, and support the Center’s team in fundraising activities.

As a continuously evolving organization, we will look to this position to develop and implement strategy as we expand into new areas of revenue and program growth. If you are looking for a dynamic, productive, fun, flexible workplace, please consider joining our team.

The Grants & Development Coordinator is a salaried full-time position with a salary range of $37,500 - $40,000; starting salary will be commensurate with experience. The Center provides a full benefits package including health insurance and generous vacation time.

  • Above all, we seek an individual who is open to learning, is motivated to take on new challenges, and comfortable collaborating daily with varied workstyles. The ideal candidate is a collaborative self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit who seeks efficiencies and quality improvements. Excellent time-management skills a must. Adaptability to a fluid, fast-paced team environment. Demonstrated research and problem-solving skills. Excellent inter-personal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • College degree with experience in a non-profit fundraising environment preferred, including experience in:
    • The practices of annual giving programs.
    • Familiarity with Salesforce CRM system a plus, or management of other database/CRM system.
    • Private/Federal grant submissions and reporting.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro and InDesign a plus.
    • Ability to travel occasionally with other staff to attend in- and out-of-state meetings, which can include overnight stays.

Working closely with and supporting the Director of Development and President, the Grants & Development Coordinator will have primary oversight of the Center’s CRM system (Salesforce) and annual fund and contribute the following to our team:

  1. Coordinate annual giving program and support major giving program (40%):
    1. Implement annual fund giving programs including corporate sponsorship and planned giving appeals. Coordinate design, printing and mailing with vendors, Director of Development, and Director of Communications.
    2. Create and maintain accurate and up-to-date confidential prospect, donor records, reporting, and dashboards using Salesforce.
    3. Support the Director of Development and President in their cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for major donors including portfolio management.
    4. Interact with donors, prospects, and board members as required.
  2. Lead grant research, administration and reporting (40%):
    1. Proactively conduct research to identify prospects for funding sources to meet existing and new program and operational activities.
    2. Coordinate and support program staff – including remote staff – to identify, apply for, administer and report on federal, private, and individual grants.
    3. Lead monthly grants management meetings, manage CRM grant tracking systems, and interact with funders, as needed, to identify new opportunities, report progress, and cultivate relationships.
  3. Coordinate special projects (20%): Support the day-to-day operations of a multi-faceted development office across all program areas and take on unexpected duties as they arise. This includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Strategy development and implementation with the Communications Team.
    2. Board meeting coordination and special event planning.
    3. Development and implementation of online giving program, special short-term programmatic or fundraising campaigns and other strategies to recruit new supporters.
    4. Cross training within operations and financial teams to ensure internal controls are well-managed and maintained.
    5. Maintenance and development of tracking systems within CRM database to support evolving programmatic and financial impact measurements. Provide CRM support and training when needed to staff.  
How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter and resume detailing your interest and qualifications to with the subject line “Grants & Development Coordinator Application.” No calls, please.

The Northern Forest Center is committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and is proud to maintain employment practices based upon individual qualification, merits, and achievements. All decisions to recruit, hire, promote, and release from employment are made without discriminating according to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political beliefs or disability.

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Date Added: March 11, 2020

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