About the Role
The Philanthropic Investment team plays an integral role in supporting the mission, vision, and impact of the Commit Partnership by cultivating, securing, and stewarding investors in the organization’s work.
Critical to the success of the Philanthropic Investment Team, the Manager’s primary responsibility is to manage a portfolio of six- and seven-figure institutional investors through the entire investor cycle to reach an annual portfolio goal of $6 million laddering up to the teamwide goal of securing adequate revenue to cover an annual budget of $30 million while growing future commitments of investment capital. To meet this goal, the Manager will translate the work and impact of Commit into compelling and customized fundraising narratives and develop strong relationships that secure meaningful investments from national and local funders.
Under the direction of the Director of Institutional Philanthropic Investments the Grant Manager will work in close collaboration with the other Institutional Grant Manager and other Philanthropy team members to meet team and individual goals while contributing to departmental strategy and serving as a leader on the team.
This is a Dallas-based position. The Commit Partnership has a hybrid work policy, with three days in-office and two optional remote workdays each week.
Expectations of the Role:
- Manage a portfolio of major institutional investors (primarily corporations and foundations), developing customized engagement plans and compelling narratives to secure their investment and reach your portfolio goal.
- Cultivate relationships with investors and represent Commit and our North Star Traits through your work and interactions.
- Collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to generate program and impact content. • Develop a deep understanding of the work and continuously seek ways to stay informed about updates, changes, and shifts in the work.
- Develop grant applications and related documents (e.g. required reports, budgets, decks, specific inquiries, etc.) for the purpose of submitting to the appropriate investor.
- Utilize our CRM database (Salesforce) to maintain/update investor and grant records in accordance with team procedures.
- Independently project manage numerous deadlines for deliverables and investor-related content. • Support senior leaders in preparing for meetings and responding to requests from investors and providing follow-up support as necessary.
- Understand organizational, project, and grant budgets and monitor revenue received and spent down, elevating barriers when they arise.
- Research and index grant opportunities for the purpose of developing additional funding resources for both current and proposed initiatives and make informed recommendations and proposed next steps to pursue or share with others in our network.
- Work as a cohesive member of the team and take advantage of unexpected opportunities that my sit outside of regular portfolio tasks.
- Lead sideways and manage up through ownership of some of the team’s key workstreams and initiatives and engage in relevant organizational leadership opportunities.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Candidate Requirements Required Education/Professional Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or other related field.
- At least 2 years of grant or fundraising writing experience, with a proven record of securing and retaining six- and seven-figure charitable investments and investors.
- Established, accomplished relationships with local and national funders preferred.
- Experience with in postsecondary access/completion and/or education policy preferred.
- Experience with Salesforce preferred.
Who you are:
- Relationships drive your work and you continuously focus on starting, building, and strengthening relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.
- You are driven by finding ways to communicate to investors and other team members about challenges, solutions, insights, outcomes and impact on students and systems.
- You operate with a customer service mindset to investors and team members. Your work is data-driven, future-thinking, innovative, and entrepreneurial.
- You are constantly learning, sharing, asking questions and keeping up with your field.
- You are meticulous about systems, processes, data, and numbers.
- You lead with your individual strengths and skills and see success as a team effort.
Submit your application here.