Research & Grants Analyst - The Learning Partnership

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About The Learning Partnership

To thrive in our diverse, connected and changing world, students must learn to be critical thinkers and collaborative problem solvers, communicating across cultures to tackle global issues with creativity and resiliency. Cultivating these competencies will prepare students to quickly adapt to changing trends, allowing them to excel in life and work. Development of these skills will help to nurture a highly skilled and innovative workforce that will be a pillar of a strong and resilient Canadian economy.
 
We believe that Canada can, and must, do better to become a leader in innovation. At The Learning Partnership, we begin with young people. Through dynamic collaboration across business, education and government sectors, we lift our collective heads, look at innovation pressures and employ a systematic approach to empower children to tackle challenges strategically so that they grow to compete successfully in this globally connected world.
 
Our experiential programs encourage students to see their education beyond the classroom, as an opportunity to engage in real-world situations and to find innovative solutions in their lives.  Through our programs, learning is accelerated and students gain a deeper understanding of subject matter, encouraging them to build upon the status quo.
 
Our student programs encourage learning that is personal, creating opportunities to make lessons accessible to everyone and allowing students to explore through imagination.

For more information on The Learning Partnership (TLP) visit www.thelearningpartnership.ca.

JOB PURPOSE

Reporting to the Director, Impact & Government Relations, the Research & Grants Analystpersuasively articulates The Learning Partnership’s (TLP) mission, vision and work to current and potential funders, including foundations, corporations, individuals, government and other grant-making organizations.  The Impact Officer is primarily responsible for researching and developing proposals, letters and other documents for reporting purposes; tracking submissions and deadlines; and representing the Impact & Government Relations Department with others across the organization. The Impact Officer works closely with program staff at both the head office and across Canada to provide strategic advice and tactical support to ensure programs and initiatives are fully and sustainability funded, and that the mechanisms for assessing impact, including survey design and other mechanisms, are appropriate.  The  Research & Grants Analyst will also work with the Development Manager, Stewardship, to ensure donor stewardship obligations are honoured.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Key Areas of Responsibility and Duties)

Proposal writing for foundations, government and other granting agencies (60%)

Proposals and other Funding-related Communications:

  • Research, write, edit and obtain approvals for all proposals and applications submitted to current and potential funders. 
  • Edit proposals and applications for accuracy, completeness, clarity and compliance with funding requirements. 
  • Respond to and follow-up inquiries as needed to manage the capture/proposal processes. 
  • Actively and constantly seek to improve the proposal process by engaging with appropriate parties, as required.
  • Research, write and edit letters, presentations, one-pagers and other materials as requested to properly appeal to the funding organizations’ board and sponsors.

Impact  (25%)

  • Working with the Programs Department, identify, develop and implement program-specific evaluation tools, such as Success Rubrics, surveys and other qualitative and quantitative evaluation strategies (e.g., key informant interviews and focus groups).
  • Evaluate and present the results of the evaluation processes in the appropriate ways to funders, including foundations, governments and other grant-making organizations.

Sourcing Funding Opportunities (10%)

  • Identify, research and qualify new government, foundation and other grant-making prospects. 
  • Research and qualify prospects brought forward by other staff. 
  • Review lapsed donors and advise on renewed engagement strategy. 
  • Review and bring forward suitable RFP opportunities. 

Other Duties as assigned (5%)

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • Minimum level of education required is a bachelor degree, preferably in communications, public relations, business or technical writing.
  • Minimum five years of experience researching, writing and editing proposals and reports, ideally in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Superior written communication skills and ability to persuade and influence decision makers through written content.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database, including the ability to create and modify records, queries and reports.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to read, interpret and apply rules and regulations specific to each RFP/proposal.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and to work under pressure to meet deadlines for grant/sponsorship opportunities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and independently when required to provide necessary documentation, research and information to support grant/sponsorship opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and leverage innovative approaches to prepare and present grant applications and funding proposals.
  • Exhibit a positive attitude with a demonstrated ability to be adaptable to change by focusing on solutions and identifying opportunities for improvements.
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office Suite with advanced skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint including strong competency using Adobe Acrobat.
  • Basic finance/accounting skills to prepare financial reports/budgets.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Normal office environment.
  • 35 hours of work per week.
  • Being flexible to work evenings during busy times or during TLP events.

The Learning Partnership values diversity and is committed to being an inclusive organization.  We will make reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process for candidates who inform TLP in advance of known disabilities.

How to Apply:  We look forward to reviewing your candidacy and invite you to apply online with your cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format).  Good luck!

Posting Open Date:  February 19, 2019

Posting Closing Date: March 4, 2019