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Grant and Fundraising Manager at Slum2School Africa

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Slum2school Africa is a volunteer-driven developmental organization with a vision to transform the society by empowering disadvantaged children to realize their full potential. Founded in 2012, we recognize that there are severe shortcomings in the educational sector in Africa and in this area, seek to improve the lives of Africa’s most precious resource – her children.

We provide educational scholarships, create learning spaces and provide other psychosocial support for disadvantaged and vulnerable children in slums and indigent communities through our team of dedicated staff who possess our culture, competence, commitment, and have the right character.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Grant and Fundraising Manager

Location: Lekki, Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Description:

  • The Grant and Fundraising Manager will be a pivotal member of the Slum2School team, responsible for securing financial support and resources to fuel our mission.
  • This role involves developing and executing effective fundraising strategies, identifying grant opportunities, and building and maintaining strong relationships with donors and partners.
  • The ideal candidate is a high-energy, proactive go-getter who loves the challenge and is comfortable working in a multi-cultural corporate environment and supporting organization’s funding initiatives across distributed teams.

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • As the Grant and Fundraising Manager, your responsibilities include identifying opportunities, developing proposals, and building relationships with prospective individual donors.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive grant calendar to ensure the timely submission of high-quality proposals.
  • Plan and execute marketing and innovative fundraising campaigns across various channels for a cohesive and impactful project.
  • Manage overall grant efforts and optimize the grant administration process.
  • Review grant proposals for compliance with regulations and manage grant databases.
  • Collaborate with program managers to gather data and insights for grant applications.
  • Devise and implement a robust fundraising strategy to achieve annual fundraising targets.
  • Explore innovative fundraising channels, including individual giving, corporate partnerships, and online campaigns.
  • Drive fundraising by creating innovative campaigns to attract both individual and corporate donors.
  • Organize and lead fundraising events and campaigns to engage diverse donor segments.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with existing donors, ensuring regular communication, impact updates, and expressions of gratitude.
  • Develop personalized strategies for major donors to ensure a high level of engagement and satisfaction.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing donors while strategically expanding the donor base through effective engagement.
  • Establish and maintain a donor database for effective donor management.
  • Coordinate with the communications team to develop compelling materials for donor engagement and storytelling.
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to ensure synergy between programmatic goals and fundraising efforts.
  • Collaborate with the finance team to develop accurate and realistic budgets for grant applications and fundraising campaigns.
  • Monitor fundraising budgets to ensure proper fund utilization and adherence to financial guidelines.
  • Prepare and submit regular, accurate, and compelling reports to donors, highlighting project achievements and impact.
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements and reporting deadlines, maintaining meticulous records.
  • Research and apply for relevant grant opportunities on both local and international scales.
  • Represent Slum2School at relevant conferences, events, and networking opportunities to expand the organization’s donor base.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant fundraising regulations and ethical practices locally and globally.
  • Build and maintain a robust network within the philanthropic and fundraising community.

Team Leadership:

  • Managing the day-to-day activities of the team.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to generate innovative ideas for fundraising campaigns and events.
  • Lead brainstorming sessions with the team to develop creative approaches to engage diverse donor segments.
  • Participate in meetings with the team and stakeholders to gain a comprehensive understanding of ongoing projects and fundraising needs.
  • Communicate challenges, assistant needs, or logistical issues to the relevant stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Actively seek feedback, listen attentively, and incorporate stakeholder input into decision-making processes.
  • Provide guidance to team members, ensuring their professional growth and maximizing their potential.
  • Conduct regular training sessions for team members, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their fundraising roles.
  • Conducting quarterly performance reviews.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • % of successfully secured grants out of the total number of grant applications.
  • Number of stakeholder engagement sessions conducted per project phase.
  • % of annual fundraising targets achieved.
  • Score based on the level of engagement and satisfaction of major donors.
  • Percentage of successful fundraising events compared to the total organized.
  • Percentage increase in the donor database over the year.
  • Number of conferences, events, and networking opportunities attended to expand the donor base.
  • Accuracy and completeness of the grant database.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, or in a related field is required. A higher Degree such as a Master’s in Business Administration or a relevant program management certification is an added advantage.
  • 5+ years of practical experience in fundraising at a managerial or supervisory level.
  • Proven track record of success in grant writing, fundraising, and donor management.
  • Membership of a recognized professional body (PMI) is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of grant management software, CRM software (e.g. Dynamics).
  • Strong track record of successfully applying for grant or procuring other funding.
  • Experience of planning and managing major fundraising projects and campaigns.
  • Experience of monitoring grant compliance and managing contracts.

Skill and Competencies:

  • Strong relationship, business, and project management skills.
  • In-depth understanding of the nonprofit sector and current fundraising trends.
  • Exceptional strategic planning abilities, attention to detail, and delivery.
  • Proficiency in project management software and tools.
  • Exceptional professionalism and interpersonal skills and an ability to work collegially with team members and stakeholders.
  • Passion for education, community development, and making a positive impact.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to represent the organization and its objectives in highly professional and responsible manner.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; highly organized with concern for detail and a commitment to rigor.
  • Competence in project planning, monitoring, and evaluation to ensure program effectiveness and impact.
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to manage teams, departments, and projects simultaneously.
  • Professionalism, empathy, and the ability to work as part of a team, maintain a sense of humor, and interact with a diverse array of people from all walks of life.
  • Strong relationship, communication, and project management skills.

Application Closing Date:
7th February, 2024.

Method of Application:
Interested and qualified candidates should:

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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