Project Sanctuary is a national, 501(c)(3) organization that is in its twelfth year of serving military families. Our innovative approach has received national awards and attention.


Believing that when one person serves, the whole family serves, Project Sanctuary takes a human-centered, solution-based approach to helping at-risk military families heal and move forward in life. Through innovative long-term programming focused on connectedness, we restore hope and empower families to recover and thrive.  We begin our relationships with the families and build trust during our intensive six-day reconnection experiences, hosted at locations across the country.


Project Sanctuary believes that the key to healing is “connectedness.” We empower people so that they can connect to themselves, their families, and their communities. Our program is human-centered and we survey and collect data to understand individual families' needs, and then deploy evidence-based solutions to help them thrive.


Project Sanctuary’s program for military families is:

·         Innovative, agile, and responsive to our family’s needs

·         Provided at no cost to participating families

·         Committed to ongoing research 

·         Facilitated by a professional team of counselors, recreation therapists and social workers


Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Development + Grants Coordinator is responsible for the writing and timely submission of grants and fulfilling reporting requirements, and cultivation of institutional, individual, civic organization and corporate funder relationships to meet revenue goals. The ideal candidate will have the ability to translate program frameworks into compelling proposals and impact reports for institutional funders. This is an opportunity for an individual with strong writing experience and relationship cultivation or business development skills to further develop their understanding of program design, implementation, evaluation and budgets, and to gain experience in external relations and the budgetary process.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Assist with development of funding opportunities from national foundations and corporations.
  • With CDO and Development Team, develop and follow aggressive fundraising strategy, calendar and goals 
  • Lead strategic and/or focused funding initiatives 
  • Build lists, contact, meet, and steward multiple donors 
  • Identify and attend appropriate events as a Project Sanctuary representative 
  • Develop, produce and distribute sponsorship packages 
  • Plan and execute fundraising events 
  • Support internal management of lists and spreadsheets related to potential funding sources in MS Excel and/or MS Word and/or CRM 
  • Produce and execute professional correspondence including thank you letters 


Grants Management

  • Researches and cultivates relationships with prospective institutional and community funding partners utilizing structured prospecting and qualification process
  • In partnership with the Chief Development Officer, refines, documents and implements the procedures and processes for preparing proposals and reporting on awards from key donors
  • Writes grant proposals for full slate of funders, researches processes, tracks deadlines, produces LOIs and proposals, ensures proper acknowledgement, and provides all required reporting
  • Maintains relationships with existing funding partners through regular touchpoints and production of impact reports to effectively steward key donors
  • Participates in annual budgeting process and provides information and projections related to grants program
  • Maintains grant calendar and project management in CRM database
  • Participates in annual and strategic long-range planning; responsible for achieving departmental goals in related sub-categories
  • Contributes as a member of the Development and External Relations team and Project Sanctuary support team both on regular and project-specific initiatives
  • Additional duties as assigned by Chief Development Officer


Job Qualifications




  • Minimum requirements include a Bachelor's degree plus over five years of prior relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Three years of documented successful grantwriting preferred
  • Deep understanding of the nonprofit landscape and environment
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals.  Writing samples required.
  • Data-driven, detail-oriented project manager
  • Strong relationship builder and collaborator
  • Agile and adaptable in rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to cultivate fundraising relationships and funding sources to sustain program operations 
  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills; friendly and professional demeanor; ability to maintain and develop positive relationships and meet grant and fundraising revenue goals
  • Existing network of Denver / Colorado Springs community relationships preferred 
  • Ability to maintain demanding schedules and timelines while functioning in a multi-tasked environment 
  • Interest and ability to work as part of a collaborative team 
  • Previous military service, or experience as military spouse or dependent a plus 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and document-sharing platforms required (e.g. Dropbox) 


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Exhibits proven exemplary customer service in all interactions; very strong writing and editing ability in producing successful proposals; proven and effective interpersonal communication skills; high level of accuracy, flexibility and ability to meet tight deadlines; ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks; confidence in soliciting donations; excellent computer skills; ability to identify donor prospects; strong organizational skills; ability to work cooperatively as a team member; ability to exercise sound judgment and unprecedented professionalism in all circumstances especially when working with confidential information. 


Working Conditions


Work Environment: The Development + Grants Manager / Coordinator will work remotely and must have regular access to reliable office equipment, including computer, printer, and telephone. Ability to travel bi-weekly to weekly within the Denver metro area is required.  


Physical Activities: Able to sit, perform computer work, drive, stand, bend, squat, walk, and talk for up to eight hours a day with breaks; frequent lifting and carrying of up to 30 pounds, able to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds with assistance


Other: Must be at least 21 years of age (required for insurance purposes) with valid Colorado driver’s license and insurable driving record. Able to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends as required.

Work Schedule:  This is a full-time or ¾ time position with demanding goals, which can require long hours and flexible scheduling.

Salary:  This is an exempt position with an annualized salary depending on experience.

Benefits:  10 paid holidays per year, 22 days of PTO (paid time off) per year, matching Simple IRA, matching employee medical benefits.

Project Sanctuary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We aim to embody our Core Values of Honor, Excellence, Integrity, Hope and Inclusivity in all organizational activities.

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