Organization: The Adoption Exchange is a 35+ year-old non-profit organization, based in Aurora, CO.  Our mission is to ensure that no youth waits in foster care, ever, for the lifetime love and support of one caring adult.

Our work is in partnership with state and local governments, bringing philanthropic dollars and innovation to the search for families for the longest waiting children in foster care.  Our total budget is about $6.0 million and growing, with approximately one-third of that revenue coming from federal, state, and local government sources.  The remainder is raised philanthropically.  We have approximately 70 staff located primarily in Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

Our work is data-driven and meaningful.  There are approximatively 120,000 children across the country actively in need of a permanent home.  These children are in the system due to abuse and neglect – and through no fault of their own.  Data shows that targeted recruitment and support can increase the odds of finding a permanent, loving, supportive family, and that having that family dramatically increases the odds of success for a child.

We change the world – one child and one family at a time.  To date, we have helped to connect over 9,000 children with families and we are currently actively recruiting for approximately 450 children.

 

Job Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Craft, review and edit written proposals for donor prospects, gathering accurate and relevant information to build the best possible case for each submission
  • Prepare reports demonstrating impact, successes, and challenges for funders as required by grant contracts
  • Conduct the role of project manager between programs, finance, and development departments during grant writing and reporting process
  • Manage the schedule, submission, and ownership of all grant proposals and reports, to include weekly reports of tasks/items due
  • Develop and implement grants tracking system in Raiser’s Edge database
  • Research foundation funding opportunities, including the monitoring of state and federal websites for upcoming opportunities
  • Attend grant interviews and receptions as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Required Education/Training/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Two to five years demonstrated relevant experience in varying types of writing for a variety of audiences
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently develop content and meet tight deadlines
  • Highly organized with ability to manage multiple projects effectively
  • Candidates will need to take a writing test and editing test

 

Desired Qualities:

  • Understanding of the youth, family, and professionals we serve
  • Previous experience in a fund development role
  • Ability to clearly convey complex information to others from an audience-first perspective
  • Meticulous attention to detail, excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work autonomously as needed
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat and fundraising database applications
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