May 26, 2022

Director of Foundation and Government Grants

  • The Trevor Project
  • Remote
Full-Time Fundraising/Development

Job Description

Role: Director of Foundation and  

Government Grants  

Reports to: VP of Foundation, Government, and  Corporate Partnerships  

Location: Remote  

Hours: Full-time  

About Trevor  

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for  LGBTQ young people. We are a non-profit that provides 24/7 life-saving support via phone, text, and  chat. We also operate the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth and run  innovative research, education, and advocacy programs. We’ve been saving lives every day for over  20 years.  

Overview of the role  

The Director of Foundation and Government Grants is responsible for the creation and management  of an ambitious plan to develop institutional foundation and government partnerships that support  The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide amongst LGBTQ youth. The ideal candidate will manage  the planning, organization, and implementation of an effective foundation giving program. They will  

also play a role in fundraising from state, local and federal government entities. This individual also  directs all aspects of successful institutional giving, including prospecting, stewardship, restricted  and unrestricted funding, grant writing and relationship management.  

Who you are  

  • Action-Oriented. You know how to get things done. You prioritize efficiency and keep things  moving forward. You are experienced enough to spot problems, and develop plans to solve  them. 

  • Exceptional Communicator. You are direct and concise. You speak and write clearly,  eloquently, and with a situation-appropriate tone to make sure others understand you and  you understand them. You know how to communicate in order to effectively collaborate. You  can give a strong pitch exciting others to join your cause.

  • Collaborative. You understand that the best way to meet and exceed goals is through  outstanding teamwork. You have experience working with cross-departmental leaders to  partner with you on developing complex proposals. You have the ability to cultivate  relationships up, down, and across in an organization.  

  • Experienced. You’re an expert grant writer with deep knowledge of what Foundations and/or  Government partners look for in an excellent proposal. You have brought in multiple six-figure  grants and have experience with CRM databases such as Salesforce to inform your strategy.  You have demonstrated ability to network in esteemed philanthropy circles to drive mission  awareness and support.  

  • Goal-oriented. You’re not afraid to set ambitious goals and create thoughtful plans to  achieve them. You get excited about crossing goals off your list, and setting new ones for  yourself and your team. 

  • Detail-oriented. You sweat the small stuff. You make sure that your work sets the standard  for excellence and what is expected from those around you. You are highly organized, and  able to focus on the details as you look at the big picture. 

  • Strategic. You love to come up with big bold ideas. You know that what worked for one  organization might not work for another and know how to integrate old strategies with new  ones. You look at the way things are and then imagine 20 ways they can be improved. 

  • Flexible. You are comfortable navigating ambiguity, pushing for what you need when  necessary, and working through competing priorities. You are an independent leader, able to  work autonomously and effectively in a fast paced environment. 

  • Passionate. You care about LGBTQ youth and mental health. You care about saving lives. You  want to come to work and feel inspired every day. You want to change the world.

  • Fun. The work we do is very serious, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun. We know how to  have a good time and you should too. 

What you’ll do  

  •  Develop and execute ambitious growth plans to raise significant funding from existing and  new institutional foundations as well as city, state, federal government agencies.  

  • Set the standard for and oversee the development of compelling proposals and impact  reports for all funders in your vertical.  

  • Build relationships with senior philanthropic leaders to excite them about Trevor’s mission,  identify areas of opportunity, and build trust to engage in long-term impact-centered grant making partnerships.  

  • Manage at least one direct report (opportunity to hire more in FY23) to maximize the impact of  your department's work.  

  • Oversee the funder pipeline, strategy for engagement, calendar of solicitation, stewardship,  and reporting for foundation and government funders.  

  • Focus on big-picture strategy, building processes and systems to streamline work cross departmentally, and envision a growing department able to sustain significant growth in  future years.

  • Work across departments, particularly finance and program teams, to ensure compliance with  grant terms and restrictions and to develop budget documents and solicitation materials. 

Benefits  

  • Generous vacation and holidays (like a full day off to celebrate Harvey Milk Day!), including  three half-day Fridays during the summer  

  • Comprehensive health insurance, including coverage for various gender affirmation surgeries (and we pay 100% of your premiums for medical, dental, and life)

  • Flexibility to work from anywhere in the U.S. (we provide the technology, a monthly internet  reimbursement and a reimbursement to outfit your work-from-home space!)

  • Fun virtual office environment and passionate team  

  • Online Subscription to Headspace, a digital meditation platform  

  • Meaningful work at an organization that is saving the lives of LGBTQ young people across  America every day  

  • The Trevor Project is an equal opportunity employer  

Your application  

We’re excited to hear from you! To join Team Trevor, please upload a resume and cover letter.  Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Use this as an opportunity to convey why  you want to be the next Director of Foundation and Government Grants at The Trevor Project!  

Please note: Only applicants who apply through our search partner, Thinking Ahead Executive Search  will be considered. To be considered, send your resume and cover letters to the contact information  below. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.  

Heather Campbell  

Pronouns: she/her/hers  

Thinking Ahead Executive Search  

Direct: +1-615-316-7089  

trevor@thinkingahead.com 

Hiring Organization

The Trevor Project

Qualifications

  • Action-Oriented. You know how to get things done. You prioritize efficiency and keep things  moving forward. You are experienced enough to spot problems, and develop plans to solve  them. 

  • Exceptional Communicator. You are direct and concise. You speak and write clearly,  eloquently, and with a situation-appropriate tone to make sure others understand you and  you understand them. You know how to communicate in order to effectively collaborate. You  can give a strong pitch exciting others to join your cause.

  • Collaborative. You understand that the best way to meet and exceed goals is through  outstanding teamwork. You have experience working with cross-departmental leaders to  partner with you on developing complex proposals. You have the ability to cultivate  relationships up, down, and across in an organization.  

  • Experienced. You’re an expert grant writer with deep knowledge of what Foundations and/or  Government partners look for in an excellent proposal. You have brought in multiple six-figure  grants and have experience with CRM databases such as Salesforce to inform your strategy.  You have demonstrated ability to network in esteemed philanthropy circles to drive mission  awareness and support.  

  • Goal-oriented. You’re not afraid to set ambitious goals and create thoughtful plans to  achieve them. You get excited about crossing goals off your list, and setting new ones for  yourself and your team. 

  • Detail-oriented. You sweat the small stuff. You make sure that your work sets the standard  for excellence and what is expected from those around you. You are highly organized, and  able to focus on the details as you look at the big picture. 

  • Strategic. You love to come up with big bold ideas. You know that what worked for one  organization might not work for another and know how to integrate old strategies with new  ones. You look at the way things are and then imagine 20 ways they can be improved. 

  • Flexible. You are comfortable navigating ambiguity, pushing for what you need when  necessary, and working through competing priorities. You are an independent leader, able to  work autonomously and effectively in a fast paced environment. 

  • Passionate. You care about LGBTQ youth and mental health. You care about saving lives. You  want to come to work and feel inspired every day. You want to change the world.

  • Fun. The work we do is very serious, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun. We know how to  have a good time and you should too. 

Industry/Service Area

Foundation/Grantmaking

Level

Director

Benefits

  • Generous vacation and holidays (like a full day off to celebrate Harvey Milk Day!), including  three half-day Fridays during the summer  

  • Comprehensive health insurance, including coverage for various gender affirmation surgeries (and we pay 100% of your premiums for medical, dental, and life)

  • Flexibility to work from anywhere in the U.S. (we provide the technology, a monthly internet  reimbursement and a reimbursement to outfit your work-from-home space!)

  • Fun virtual office environment and passionate team  

  • Online Subscription to Headspace, a digital meditation platform  

  • Meaningful work at an organization that is saving the lives of LGBTQ young people across  America every day  

  • The Trevor Project is an equal opportunity employer  

Application Instructions

We’re excited to hear from you! To join Team Trevor, please upload a resume and cover letter.  Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Use this as an opportunity to convey why  you want to be the next Director of Foundation and Government Grants at The Trevor Project!  

Please note: Only applicants who apply through our search partner, Thinking Ahead Executive Search  will be considered. To be considered, send your resume and cover letters to the contact information  below. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.  

Heather Campbell  

Pronouns: she/her/hers  

Thinking Ahead Executive Search  

Direct: +1-615-316-7089  

trevor@thinkingahead.com 


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