Development & Grants Coordinator

Website Ohio State Legal Services Asociation

Creating a just and fair society where all can thrive.

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) is a three-part legal aid program headquartered in Columbus. OSLSA’s mission is to provide civil  legal aid and advocacy to combat unfairness and injustice and to help  people rise out of poverty.

OSLSA is actively seeking a  professional, dedicated and results-oriented person to manage the  organization’s grant programs including coordinating funding  applications, reporting outcomes to funders, and assisting with  individual, corporate and foundation giving.

Working in close  collaboration with Senior Leadership, will be primarily responsible for  tracking, coordinating, and submitting new and existing grant proposals  on a local, state and national level to private, corporate and  government foundations to support the funding needs of the programs as  well as collaborating and consulting regarding funding needs and  priorities.

Are You Someone Who:

  • Takes pride in completing tasks accurately, timely and precisely?
  • Has a willingness to try and aptitude to learn new things?
  • Is motivated, professional and customer service focused?
  • Enjoys a well-organized, balanced spreadsheet?
  • Works well within a collaborative, team-driven, and goal-based environment?
  • Can communicate verbally and in writing with a wide range of people?
  • Is agile and able to respond effectively to the changing needs of a growing organization?
  • Creates processes to increase work efficiencies and systems to work smarter not harder?
  • Engages in continuous learning to evolve personal skill-set?
  • Is attentive, persistent and able to creatively adapt to dynamic situations?
  • Has high standards of integrity, authenticity, self-confidence and willing to roll-up your sleeves to get the job done?
  • Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and quality?
  • Is dedicated to improving the lives of low-income individuals in our communities?

You Will:

  • Facilitate  the grant submission process through close coordination with the  internal project lead and Manager to submit a high-quality, thorough  work product in a timely manner
  • Effectively gather supplemental documentation such as an org chart, liability insurance certificate, and other similar items
  • Utilize software to track grant reporting requirements and ensure deliverables are met
  • Assist in conducting research on prospective funders and help identify funding opportunities
  • Ensure internal records and databases are up-to-date for individual and program-wide donors
  • Assist with the management and tracking of donations from third party platforms
  • Support  staff in the distribution of timely written correspondence to donors  including thank you notes, relevant tax information, among others
  • Coordinate with Pro Bono & Community Engagement Team volunteer lists
  • Assist with ensuring the update of new donors in Kindful or other donor management software
  • Support management of the annual report and other database lists
  • Assist in sending fundraising letters as necessary
  • Help  support in-person events, including facilitating RSVPs/registration,  auction administration, administrative support for event committee if  necessary, coordinating A/V with tech partners (internal or external),  coordinating administration of financial component with CFO (Squares,  etc.), and thank you notes among others
  • Assists with data entry for donor database
  • Assist in maintaining official grant agreements and other official documents.
  • Work closely with Chief Financial Officer to ensure accurate accounting and balancing of all financial information.
  • Work  closely with Operations Director to ensure compliance and accurate,  timely reporting to meet grant and other funder requirements.

You Have:

  • Demonstrated relevant professional experience
  • Strong work ethic with an eye for detail
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, take initiative and work independently
  • A positive attitude, ability to take initiative and drive to do things well
  • Ability to anticipate needs and navigate problems with a creative, practical approach toward reaching
  • successful resolution
  • Ability to prioritize workload to manage time, tasks and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • Ability  to develop and maintain professional relationships with funders,  members of the community and other internal and external partners
  • Proficient skills across the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to increase efficiencies in individual work and team processes
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written, with diverse audiences
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion both internally and externally
  • Strong work ethic with an eye for detail
  • English language proficiency is essential and Spanish/English bilingual skills are a plus. Additional languages – even better
  • Two-year or four-year degree strongly preferred. High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Prior Legal Aid or related work experience a plus, but not required

Other Details:

  • It  is the policy of OSLSA not to discriminate against any employee or  applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual  orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national  origin, disability, age, ancestry, and military status or any other  characteristic protected by law.
  • This full-time position must be  based in Columbus, Ohio and reports to the Development and Grants  Manager. Some travel to other office locations and offsite locations may be required at times.
  • Starting salary of $37,000 annually DOE. OSLSA offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package, paid time off,  and ongoing training and development opportunities.

To Apply:    Submit resume, letter of interest and references for consideration.

In  your letter, please address the following in order for your application  to be considered: OSLSA’s clientele is extremely diverse and all of our  clients are low-income. To ensure that our agency is best serving our  communities, OSLSA strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and  attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work  effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our  coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to  enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level  of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful  workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or  otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural  humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly  about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your  life and personal experiences.

To promote social justice and  best serve our clients, OSLSA is committed to maintaining a diverse  staff and providing culturally competent services. We strongly encourage  candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and  historically oppressed groups including BIPOC, people with disabilities,  and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply. Bilingual/bicultural candidates are  strongly encouraged to apply.

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