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Fund Development and Grant Coordinator

Job Description

Neurodiversity Education Research Center (NERC) is seeking a Fund Development and Grant Coordinator!

We offer a competitive benefits package that includes:

Medical Insurance: plan available through United Healthcare

Dental and Vision Insurance: plans available through SecureCare

Paid Vacation

Paid Holidays

Paid Sick Leave

Pay Range: $45,000 - $55,000

Please note: Applicants will be asked to submit two to three relevant writing samples and undergo a writing test during the hiring process.

We believe Neurodivergent students with Autism can become scientists. We’re building a Neurodivergent STEM workforce by providing opportunities for academic, physical, social, and emotional growth through teaching and learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Neurodiversity Education Research Center (NERC) operates Science Prep Academy, a high-quality, high-tech, private school created to serve the unique academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of students with Autism. Science Prep Academy’s mission is to equip and prepare students for an emerging 21st century global scientific workforce in computer science and renewable energy technology.

We demonstrate and disseminate high-quality researched-based practices that effectively support Neurodivergent students and young adults transitioning into adulthood and the workforce.

Please read the information below and submit your resume!

What will I be doing?

The Fund Development and Grant Coordinator is responsible for implementing NERC’s fund development plan, targeting the financial goal to support the fiscal year operating budget with a special emphasis on growing major donors and cultivating new foundation support.

The Coordinator will work closely with the CEO, consultants, Board of Directors, interns, and volunteers to manage development operations, and to drive and increase contributed revenue from all streams. Securing solicitation meetings, coordinating gatherings and events with major donors, and cultivating grant opportunities will be the primary responsibilities of this position.

Specifically, you would be responsible for performing the following tasks to the highest standards:

· Guide NERC’s efforts in meeting the goals laid out in our Fund Development Plan.

· Implement a comprehensive donor management process (utilizing CRM) to prioritize and track outreach efforts and follow up.

· Work with the CEO and members of the Board to determine quarterly priorities and action plans for cultivating existing donor relationships and pursuing new streams of funding.

· Strategically engage NERC staff, Board members, and volunteers to connect with donor base in an effective and efficient manner.

· Provide targeted monthly (or quarterly) funding updates to stakeholder groups (staff, Board, other).

· Work with NERC staff and Board members to develop short- and long-term goals for expanding the geographical reach and awareness of NERC.

· Develop and maintain strong relationships with donors, prospective donors, Board members, volunteers, all representatives and supporters of NERC, and local community members, organizations, and businesses.

· Help identify prospective individual and corporate funders and secure face-to-face solicitation meetings for CEO and key Board members.

· Identify prospective major gift donors and move them through the process from discovery to stewardship, including the coordination of gatherings and events with major donors.

· Facilitate the tracking and evaluation of results against stated objectives to assure that goals are met or exceeded each year.

Annual Giving

· Work collaboratively with the CEO, staff, Board, and Fund Development Committee to plan and execute annual giving programs.

· Assist with the planning, development, and implementation of a strategic plan of action with objectives, timelines, and evaluation measures for the Annual Fund program that includes identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of constituents.

· Prepare, with the CEO, solicitation materials and lists for delivery to vendors.

· Coordinate with the CEO and vendors to ensure timely delivery of direct mail according to the solicitation schedule.

· Prepare internal and external reports using NERC’s CRM database and work with the CEO to measure progress against stated goals and objectives.

· Ensure that gifts and grants are securely and promptly received; send acknowledgement receipts and thank you letters in a timely manner with maximum efficiency.

Major Gifts

· In collaboration with the CEO, develop an overall plan and direction for local major donor activities, with an associated work plan detailing short and long-term goals, specific action steps, and deliverables, and a process for monitoring and evaluating the success of the major gifts program.

· Develop an ongoing communications plan for prospects and donors. Collaborate, write, edit solicitation letters.

· Manage and monitor contacts in CRM to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations.

· Organize face-to-face donor meetings and gatherings as needed.


· In collaboration with the CEO, identify new foundations aligned with NERC mission; assist in cultivating old, current, and new foundation relationships.

· Write and edit grant applications, letters of inquiry, and interim and final grant reports, as needed.

· Manage grant application process from beginning to end in collaboration with staff including leading grant meetings with appropriate staff, grant timelines, reports, and prepare for consistent communication across teams.

· Track grants and ensure compliance with all grant guidelines and requirements.

Events and Other Fund Development

· Serves as the primary contact for communications and application submissions to institutional funders.

· Identify, organize, and execute key select annual events designed to cultivate new and to sustain long-term donor relations.

· Create and implement online strategy for web-based fundraising campaigns.

· Contribute to bi-monthly e-news with a special focus on donor/human interest storytelling.

· Analyze social media analytics to evaluate targeted marketing and messaging campaigns.

· Identify relevant community events and activities and facilitate participation from staff, board members and volunteer.

· Cultivate relationships and partnership opportunities with staff from other local organizations doing complimentary work.

What skills are we looking for?

· The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding and commitment to NERC’s mission

· Ability to engage in the community on behalf of NERC

· Superior verbal and written communication

· Proven ability to solve problems

· Strong familiarity at the local and regional level

· Generalist fundraising knowledge and skills

Ability to work effectively with limited administrative assistance

· Sound judgment

· Proven track record of managing institutional gifts at the five and six-figure level and successfully managing government and community partnerships and grants

· Demonstrated experience and ability to collaborate internally and externally to achieve goals

· Experienced with grant application and reporting processes

· Ability to take initiative and utilize innovative techniques and ingenuity in preparing fundraising materials

· Ability to interact with all levels of management and to participate as a team player on all projects

· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs

· Knowledge of donor management software (Virtuous) or similar CRM database required

· This position is based in Phoenix, AZ, and will require occasional nights and weekends for events and gatherings.

Required Experience?

· Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant nonprofit, marketing, fundraising or development experience

· Minimum 3 years’ experience working with C-suite management and Board directors.

· Prior nonprofit experience is desirable

Required Education?

· Bachelor's degree in English, Communications, Business, or related field

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to lift small objects up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

The company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace,and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 - $55,000.00 per year


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Phoenix, AZ 85040: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Fundraising: 3 years (Preferred)
  • working with C-suite and Board of directors: 3 years (Preferred)
  • nonprofit: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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