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Midlands Green Awards

 

The nomination form for the Midlands Green Awards is now live! Please submit your nominations by Monday, October 29th.

These awards are presented each year at the Gala for a Greener Midlands. This event will take place on Friday, November 16th at the River Center at Saluda Shoals Park.

Job Opening

Keep the Midlands Beautiful is looking to hire: Grant writer & Program Developer.

SUMMARY: Keep the Midlands Beautiful is looking for a Grant writer and program developer that will be responsible for writing inquiries, letters, and proposals requesting public and private funding for the support of furthering current programs and the expansion of the mission of the non-profit.
The applicant will be responsible for the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals; this includes the tracking and monitoring of assigned proposals and for researching new funding opportunities, with emphasis on deadlines, program, and financial requirements, and required written reports. In conjunction with these duties, the Grant Writer assists with monitoring of program outcomes, particularly as they relate to objectives described in awarded funding.
The Grant Writer’s key areas of responsibility include (1) Private and public funding research; (2) Proposal and fundraising document preparation; (3) Private and public proposal administration; (4) Grant report preparation; and (5) Report calculation and documentation in-house reporting.
Private and Public Funding Research
• Identifies funding needs in collaboration with Executive Director, as needed
• Researches and identifies potential local, state, and federal grant opportunities matching agency mission, needs, goals, and strategic planning objectives; researches and identifies foundations and corporations for the same
• Identifies corporate funders for donations and sponsorships with Executive Director
• Develops and maintains a private and public funding opportunities calendar for each year based on research and past funding history; ensures deadlines for renewals and reports are reflected
Proposal and Fundraising Document Preparation
• Coordinates the grant proposal development process with program
• Works with Executive Director to develop programmatic objectives for funding proposals
• Prepares and maintains accurate and current boilerplate content to leverage for proposals
• Writes, edits, and submits grant proposals and reports for private foundations and corporations, as well as public entities by specified deadlines in support of existing and planned program initiatives/activities and with respect to both unrestricted operating revenues and restricted projects
• Assists in generating required financial information, including budgets and financial reports for proposals and reports, in collaboration with program and finance staff
Private and Public Proposal Administration
• Monitors results of written requests, such as funding award rate
• Maintains accurate electronic and hard copy records of prospective and current private and public funders, including but not limited to: correspondence, proposals, reports and notes on significant phone conversations or site visits
Grant Report Preparation
• Gathers and analyzes program results and progress toward specific identified objectives in awarded grants
• Collects outcomes, program activities, client success stories and other relevant information for use in grant reports
Special Projects
• Represents Keep the Midlands Beautiful at pre-proposal workshops and at relevant community meetings
• Interfaces with staff, board members, and grant funders and prospects in person and on the phone
• Adheres to policies and procedures of the organization Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.
SKILLS:
• Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, analytical and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with Executive Director Board of Directors, and staff.
• Superior management and leadership skills; ability to influence, inspire and engage peers, interns and volunteers.
• Knowledge, Macintosh, Microsoft Office (esp. Outlook, Word and Excel) is expected, as well as a professional demeanor, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm and confidence.
• A record of success in grant funding and the ability to harness financial resources by cultivating effective relationships with existing and potential funders
• Creative problem-solving skills.
• Strategic planning experience with the ability to translate plans and ideas into cohesive grant proposals.
• Fiscal responsibility.
• Intellectual ability and demonstrated ability to think strategically.
• Capacity to simultaneously work on multiple tasks and projects.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Undergraduate degree required. Self-starter with three years of demonstrated success in:
• Grant writing and reporting in the nonprofit field
• managing and forging relationships with multiple grant funded sources, and
• developing, writing, and submitting fundraising proposals and supporting documentation with the objective of maximizing grants from current and new funders.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret common journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to write introductory letters, letters of intent, and grant proposals. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
COMPUTER SKILLS: Ability to work in Microsoft Office (esp. Outlook, Word, and Excel) and upload/download into web-based applications, including but not limited to Cybergrants, etc.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Must adhere to safety and OSHA standards. Observe safety requirements as required by employer and adhere to state and local health and safety regulations.
Job Type: Full-time
Experience:
• Grant Writer: 3 years
Education:
• Bachelor’s or equal work experience

Please e-mail application and resume to info@keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

Gala for a Greener Midlands

This year’s event will be Friday, November 16th at the River Center at Saluda Shoals Park. We will feature catering from Farm to Table Production,  Green Awards, Live Auction, and much more. Please mark your calendars to attend this year! Call the office 803.733.1139 or email for more information.

Belk Charity Day

Belk Charity Day Sale-Saturday, August 25th you can shop from 6am-10am and take advantage of brands that are rarely on sale being on sale. Tickets are $5 if you would like for us to mail them to you we would need you to purchase a minimum of 4. You can call the office 803-733-1139 or email lauren@keepthmidlandsbeautiful.org