Sisters of the Road is hiring for a Grants and Communications Administrator
Sisters Of The Road is a nonprofit Cafe in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood working to create systemic change that will end poverty and homelessness by providing nourishing meals in a safe, dignified space. We work to build community one relationship at a time, with nonviolence and gentle personalism, believing everyone has a piece of the truth and that we are all more than the sum of our current situation or past experiences. We interrupt violence and oppression in all forms and our Cafe is a Safer Space where everyone is welcome.
Position Description: The Grants and Communications Administrator position is responsible for leading grant/foundation fund development including strategic planning to meet goals, researching, writing proposals, tracking submitted proposals, communicating with program staff, writing reports, and relationship-building with foundations. This position will also be responsible for providing written content for public relations and fundraising communications.
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How to Apply:
To apply for the Grants and Communications Administrator position please e-mail, mail OR hand deliver:
- Your resume and cover letter detailing your pertinent experience
- Three work-related references (volunteer work is acceptable) with email and phone
- Three writing samples, including an appeal letter for a fundraising campaign, an informative article, and a grant proposal narrative. Mock samples are welcome.
- A written response to the following questions:
- What is your experience with racism, classism, sexism, and other oppressions?
- What do you think is/are the root cause/s of homelessness or poverty?
- Which of the Sisters philosophies do you relate to the most?
Applications received without all materials will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; interviews will begin immediately, so early application is encouraged.
How to get your application to us:
- Email applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- US Mail Address: Sisters Of The Road, attn: Jessica Feinman, 133 NW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209
- Hand deliver applications to: 133 NW Sixth Avenue, attn: Jessica Feinman
Thank you for applying! We apologize that we are unable to respond to questions in person, over the phone, or by email.
Position: Grants and Communications Administrator
Classification: Non-Exempt (40 hours/week)
Operating team: Development
Pay rate: $16.30 per hour plus fully paid health, dental, and disability insurance; generous vacation and sick leave; sabbatical and civil disobedience leave.
The Grants and Communications Administrator position is responsible for leading grant/foundation fund development including strategic planning to meet goals, researching, writing proposals, tracking submitted proposals, communicating with program staff, writing reports, and relationship-building with foundations. This position will also be responsible for providing written content for public relations and fundraising communications.
Primary grant administration tasks of the position:
- Point person for all grant writing efforts at Sisters.
- Develop a long-term plan for grant seeking to increase foundation revenues.
- Maintain the annual grants calendar to meet monthly goals and track actuals.
- Write grant proposals and reports.
- Build relationships with foundations.
- Coordinate communications around goals, objectives, and specific grant requirements with program staff to ensure these requirements are met.
- Research foundations to find new prospects and update current information.
- Maintain current templates for proposals and reports, statistics and demographic data.
- Document policies and procedures for grants; keep records of all communications with funders.
- Coordinate with staff across the organization to identify funding needs.
- Support volunteers providing assistance with grant writing, tracking and research.
Primary communications tasks of the position:
- Coordinating with staff and community to write all press releases.
- Write content for quarterly newsletters and annual report.
- Gather and edit content from staff and community members for newsletters and other external communications.
- Write appeal letters and other campaign related content as needed.
Primary tasks in partnership with the Development Team:
- Ensure that development materials, events, and processes reflect Sisters’ philosophies and Development standards.
- Meet all deadlines consistently.
- Contribute to annual Development work plan and budget process.
- Participate in weekly team meetings, monthly staff meetings, and trainings; share in facilitation and other meeting roles.
- Perform additional tasks, based on team needs, skills, and workloads such as: events support, participation on Development hiring teams, and training new staff, as needed.
- Contribute to cultivating a culture of philanthropy by supporting staff and volunteers in representing Sisters of the Road.
- Processing mail daily.
Desired skills and experience:
- Fluent in English with exceptional ability to inspire and communicate in writing the work being done at Sisters and the challenges facing our community.
- Spanish or ASL proficiency desired but not required.
- Ability to interpret and communicate financials to grantors.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to build relationships within a diverse community.
- Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and sometimes chaotic environment.
- Ability to safeguard, protect and maintain the confidentiality of information.
- Project management experience.
- Excellent attention to detail and quality of work.
- Ability to use or learn pertinent software, such as: Adobe Creative Suite, CRM database software, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks and standard office equipment.
All employees of Sisters of the Road are expected to:
- Learn and practice the philosophies of nonviolence and gentle personalism.
- Demonstrate commitment to racial justice and anti-oppression through fostering understanding and refusing to perpetuate oppression in the space.
- Commit to a community organizing model and a systemic change approach.
- Build and maintain relationships with customers, staff, volunteers, service partners, neighbors and donors.
- Interrupt violence and provide incident support, as needed.
- Collaborate and share power, including listening and empowering others to create and implement solutions, as well as prioritizing confidentiality.
- Work a weekly shift in the café (2 hours).