Our Mission:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado provides youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
• Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
• Avoidance of risky behaviors
• Educational success
Who is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado?
Founded in 1918 in Denver, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBSC) is the oldest and largest mentoring organization in the state. Through our one-to-one mentoring model, we serve children and teens who live in low-income, single-parent families. We estimate there are over 45,000 children in metro Denver and Colorado Springs who fit this demographic. These children face daunting obstacles to their success in school and opportunities later in life. Research has shown children and teens living in poverty are at greater risk for several negative outcomes, including poor academic achievement, abuse and neglect, behavioral and socio-emotional problems, physical health problems, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of school. They are also at increased risk for homelessness, and are more likely to be underemployed or unemployed as adults.
BBBSC serves these children through a portfolio of mentoring programs, including a Community model, a “Sports Buddies” Site-based model, and a new and innovative high-school mentoring program model, called mentor2.0. These programs exceed the highest national standards for quality and safety, and follow evidence-based practices that long-term independent research has proven produces successful outcomes. BBBSC has won national awards for program quality and is recognized as a leader in youth mentoring.
In 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado will support 1,900 one-to-one mentoring relationships between children facing adversity and adult volunteer mentors. These mentoring relationships will impact youth by helping them to:
• Improve their sense of self and sense of future
• Form positive relationships with peers and family
• Avoid risky or delinquent behavior
• Achieve educational success
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado was recently selected by Colorado Results First for an innovative cost-benefit analysis that helps states invest in policies and programs that are proven to work. Colorado Results First is an initiative led by the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting and finds that every dollar invested into Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is projected to yield a greater than 300% positive social return on investment.
Inclusiveness Statement
As an organization dedicated to inclusiveness, BBBSC values and celebrates the diversity and individuality of every child, volunteer, employee, board member, family and community partner.
Position Description:
The Director of Grants is responsible for all private foundation, United Way, and government grant income for both the Denver and Colorado Springs offices.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
• Ensures agency’s revenue goals from private foundations, United Ways, and government grants are achieved.
• Directs the execution and approval of all grant-related proposals, agreements, reports, budgets, internal and external communications, strategies, policies, processes, and planning.
• Facilitates all foundation, United Way, and government correspondence and communications, including ensuring proper donor stewardship for foundation donors and quality relationships with government contacts.
• Serves as the authorized primary contact for and maintains ongoing communications with government funders, private foundations, and United Ways to insure an informed grants process and to assess proposals’ success or failure.
• Coordinates with Director of Corporate Partnerships and Executive Director-Pikes Peak to support ongoing communications with corporate funders and to assess opportunities and develop strategies and proposals for corporate foundation grants.
• Initiates, recommends, and participates in strategic planning for and implementation of all grant funded programs as well as strategic planning for the Development Team.
• Leads potential new funding efforts including researching new opportunities, developing strategic relationships, and managing the grant application process. 
• Maintains continuing contact with Executive Director-Pikes Peak, VP of Program, Program Managers, Controller, and Data Manager to acquire all information needed to adequately present agency information to grant-makers.
• Acts as an agency representative in the community at large, networking with other fundraising professionals, and foundation management and staff to provide information about agency programs and financial needs.
• Keeps informed and current with regard to pertinent standards of conduct applicable to all areas of responsibility. This shall include ongoing professional development in areas of responsibility.
• Coordinates site visits with foundations, United Ways, and government funders.
• Represents the agency or coordinates other staff representation at grant orientations, meetings, and conferences.
• Coordinates the collection of information for annual reports to funders, including list of agency’s major accomplishments, numbers served (total and in each program), demographics of Bigs and Littles, and program evaluation results; provides this information to the Development Team for other reporting needs.
• Participates effectively as an agency team member through communication, cooperation, information sharing, and problem solving.
• Informs the Leadership Team and Program Managers of relevant opportunities for potential grant funds.
• Oversees the creation and maintenance of all grant-related documentation including storage, filing, and archiving.
• Facilitates ad hoc proposal teams across various BBBSC departments as needed.
• Supports the Development Team as needed in other fundraising and marketing efforts.
• May, at times, serve as acting VP of Development in VP’s absence.
• Reviews monthly forecast to reconcile grant income with Accounting.
• Reviews all reimbursement reporting with Controller and develops budget amendments/revisions with Controller as necessary to maximize reimbursements.
• Works with Executive Director-Pikes Peak, VP of Program, Controller, and/or Program Managers to ensure compliance with funder requirements.
• Participates in all Development Team meetings, coordinates activities with the program and operations staff, assists with overall agency goals, and is mindful of the agency’s mission and vision.
Supervisory Duties: 
Job Qualifications:
• Knowledge, Skill And Ability:  The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills including grant writing and report development; the ability to understand “big picture” ideas in terms of fund development strategy; consistent exercise of discretion and independent judgment in the performance of duties; good problem solving skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and to assess and change priorities based upon agency needs; and an ability to communicate and work with a diverse group of people.
• Education or Formal Training: Minimum of a Bachelors Degree with a Masters Degree preferred.
• Experience: A minimum of 2 years of grant writing and management experience required.
Professional Performance:
• Adhere to all personnel guidelines of the agency.
• Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor, and appearance at all times; act as a “role model” both at and away from the agency.
• Maintain a creative, team-building approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
• Perform all tasks and responsibilities with attention to detail and in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency guidelines and conforming to the scheduling requirements of the job and program.
• Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
• Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of the clients; act with honesty and integrity in all aspects of Agency business.
• Actively strive to upgrade professional skills though engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
• Actively strive to create and maintain a culturally sensitive and appropriate environment through communication and interaction that demonstrates respect for diversity.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to make all personnel decisions without regard to race, creed, age, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class as required by applicable law.  All employees are expected to actively support these principles and objectives in our work environment and with others with whom we come into contact. 
NOTE:  This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with the job.
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