Development Associate

Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC)
October 10, 2023
3108 Live Oak Street, Dallas, Texas
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TRAC is hiring a Development Associate as we launch our transition to independence! This is an exciting opportunity to enter on the ground floor of development in a growing organization with opportunity for further advancement.

The Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC) is a non-profit committed to supporting and empowering foster youth during their transition into adulthood. TRAC’s mission is to connect young people, aged 14-24, who are transitioning from foster care toward self-sufficiency, with individualized support, planning, and access to community services. Since 2003, TRAC has provided a “one-stop” support center in Dallas and Ft. Worth for transitional living services for youth exiting foster and juvenile care in North Texas. TRAC is the only transition center serving the 19 county North Texas Region 3 of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that comprehensively addresses this population's needs. TRAC provides seamless, wrap-around, and transitional support services necessary for these youth to develop into self-sufficient young adults.

The TRAC Development Associate’s primary responsibilities are to write compelling grant applications to current and prospective institutions.  The Development Associate will study and understand the history structure, objectives, programs, and financial needs of TRAC and to research grant opportunities from government and non-government agencies such as private and corporate foundations.

The Development Associate will match internal program needs to funding opportunities, writing detailed letters of inquiry, pre-applications and/or full grant applications, creating/updating and providing detailed financial documents, and responding to grantor follow-up questions.  The Development Associate will utilize and add to a “boiler plate” of commonly requested information. The Development Associate will upload existing foundation grant contracts into a CRM system and will maintain the system, ensuring timely grant deliverables and meeting grant deadlines.

TRAC’s Development Associate will acknowledge gifts and provide necessary IRS/donation data, tracking grant expenditures to match grant objectives for reports, providing updates on program progress and submitting annual reports and other requested reports to funders, leadership staff and board members.

The Development Associate will be available to accompany TRAC's E.D. and/or Board members in meetings with funders/donors as needed, establishing trusting relationships. The duties also include preparing materials for, distributing and tracking donations on North Texas Giving Day, year-end campaign appeals assisting with fundraiser events and other duties as needed.

TRAC’s Development Associate will report to the Executive Director and will work in close collaboration with the board members currently responsible for grant writing during the onboarding period.

This is a Dallas-based position at the TRAC office in the Wilson Historic District.  Remote workdays are available.

Compensation:  $55,000-$65,000 plus bonus (based on experience, qualifications and success) plus excellent benefits

Full time

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants and investments, provide recommendations on eligibility and alignment of opportunities
  • Draft grant proposals and supporting documents based on the funding requirements of the organization
  • Submit proposals to development leadership for approval
  • Respond to internal and external queries on drafted and submitted proposals
  • Ensure submission of complete and accurate applications within grant deadline
  • Collect and/or create where necessary content for reports and grant attachments
  • Maintain positive relationships with fund providers and other stakeholders
  • Maintain records and submit reports related to grant opportunities
  • Manage grant deliverables and deadlines
  • Update and maintain the grants and contracts calendar
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, and other events for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions
  • Other related duties as needed

Candidate Requirements

Required Education/Professional Experience:

  • At least 2 years of successful grant writing experience
  • Excellent, persuasive, and accurate writing skills
  • Experience with CRM and other grant software (such as Raisers Edge or Salesforce)
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or related field.
  • Experience and comfort working within project management systems
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office, Adobe Acrobat
  • Non-profit experience preferred
  • Flexibility in schedule for special events and other activities
  • Understanding of and experience with the Dallas philanthropic market a plus
  • Understanding of foster care and/or child maltreatment and/or poverty-related issues and a commitment to creating opportunities for the advancement of youth

Application Instructions

Please send cover letter with resume to:

Madeline McClure, MSSW, TRAC Board member

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