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Grants and Prospects Research Manager, Riverkeeper-New York

Organization: Riverkeeper

Job Title: Grants and Prospect Research Manager

Department: Office of Development, Major Giving

Location: Ossining, NY

Hours and compensation: This position is fulltime at 40 hours per week with benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary: The Grants and Prospect Research Manager supports the Major Gifts Program which targets donors and prospects capable of gifts of $5,000+. Principally, the position is responsible for managing the annual grants calendar; developing letters of intent, proposals, and reports to institutional funders (foundations, government agencies and corporations); assisting with preparation of written requests, reports and stewardship materials to individual donors; and preparing research profiles for, and qualifying, prospective and existing institutional and individual donors of $5,000+.


 Maintaining the annual grants calendar, ensuring that all deadlines for letters of intent/inquiry, proposals, and reports are met;

 Writing letters of inquiry, proposals, progress reports, and other materials as needed to funders, including individual donors when necessary;

 Preparing research profiles of potential foundation, corporate, government and individual donors;

 Generating prospect lists for review by Board of Directors and staff;

 Developing and implementing strategies, such as acquisition mailings, for identifying new institutional funders;

 Developing fiscal year revenue projections for foundation and government grants;

 Working with program staff to develop action plans and budgets for grant proposals;

 Working with program staff to ensure compliance with grant requirements and contracts;

 Managing small portfolio of foundations, corporations and government agencies, implementing moves management to maximize giving

 Tracking proposals, grant deadlines, correspondence, decision dates, next steps, and prospect ratings in the Donor Perfect database;

 Managing prospect research product subscriptions and recommending new products and services as applicable;

 Working with development team to develop strategies for fundraising, donor cultivation and events;

 Interviewing and supervising prospect research interns.

 Other duties that support the VP for Development and our major gifts initiatives, as assigned.


The ideal candidate is energetic, efficient, very well-organized, independent, reliable and committed to working in a team environment and to advancing the growth of the organization. The candidate will have the utmost respect for accuracy in all written communications about Riverkeeper’s programs and campaigns, and for the privacy of donors and prospects. The candidate must be able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines and proactively seek assistance when needed.

Applicants must have excellent writing and editing skills and be comfortable using a variety of computer programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and DonorPerfect (or another database). The position requires a minimum three years of experience conducting similar duties in a not-for-profit fundraising office. Direct experience working with institutional funders, experience working for an environmental organization and experience supervising volunteers or interns are a plus. BA/BS or equivalent preferred.


How to Apply:


Please send a cover letter, salary history, writing sample and resume to Aisling Dono at [email protected] with “Grants and Prospect Research Manager” as the subject line. Submission deadline is July 10th. No phone calls please.

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