GENERAL STATEMENT ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:|
Reach Out and Read, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations, is an evidence-based school readiness initiative that serves 4 million children and families nationwide. Our team is comprised of highly-skilled professionals who have a deep commitment to excellence and to the children and families we serve. Every member of the organization is critical to fulfilling our mission. Employment at Reach Out and Read means joining a dedicated and diverse staff committed to helping children arrive at school prepared to succeed. We strive to provide a pleasant and productive work environment and want all of our staff to have satisfying and fulfillingjobs.
REACH OUT AND READ MISSION:
Reach Out and Read preparesAmerica's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.
Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach out and Read’s evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge.
THE REACH OUT AND READ MODEL:
Pediatric healthcare providers (including pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners) are trained in the three-part Reach Out and Read model to promote early literacy and school readiness:
In the exam room, doctors and nurses speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement.
The pediatric primary care provider gives every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally-appropriate children's book to take home and keep.
Parents adopt advice received through pediatric visits and make reading aloud part of their daily routine. Our families read up to 350 hours with our children prior to kindergarten.
THE IMPACT AS OF APRIL 2012:
Reach Out and Read Programs are located in more than 4,900 hospitals and health centers in all 50 states, Washington, D. C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; including 55 U.S. military bases.
Reach Out and Read serves more than 4 million children and their families annually.
More than 6.5 million new, developmentally-appropriate books are given to children annually.
More than 28,000 medical providers currently participate in Reach Out and Read.
Community volunteers dedicate more than 270,000 hours of service to Reach Out and Read annually.
Fifteen independent studies demonstrate that our parents are four times more likely to read regularly to their children and, as a result, our children enter school with larger vocabularies, stronger reading comprehension skills and a 6-months development edge
The employees of Reach Out and Read are guided by the following core values:
PASSION - We believe in the transformative power of books and reading to strengthen families and positively affect the development of children. Our shared mission binds us together as one organization and is the motivation behind everything that we do.
EXCELLENCE - We deliver the highest quality, evidence-based program, expect greatness from ourselves and each other, and are accountable to the communities we serve, so that children grow up better prepared to achieve their potential.
RESPECT - Our success depends on the positive relationships we build with colleagues, partners, the medical community, and families. We embrace diverse ideas, talents, and backgrounds.
INNOVATION - Resourcefulness and a revolutionary model make us one of the most effective, efficient school readiness initiatives in the nation. We make strategic decisions to facilitate growth and long-term, sustainable impact.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF OVERALL OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION:
The Grants & Development Associate will primarily conduct research and write grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and other grant-making organizations, and will persuasively communicate Reach Out and Read’s mission and programs to potential funders. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Development, the Grants & Development Associate will assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.
Deputy Director of Development
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Identify and research prospective grant opportunities through online databases, such as the Foundation Directory online, through annual reports and donor lists of other organizations, and through suggestions from the Reach Out and Read Board and staff members;
Develop and write grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and other grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating the organization’s mission and programs to potential funders;
Prepare and submit high quality proposals each week for the Reach Out and Read National Center and Coalitions;
Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers;
Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports;
Run and maintain weekly reports of corporate and foundation solicitations, their status, and anticipated results and terms of commitments (i.e. gift restrictions);
Report on awarded grants as needed;
Provide supplemental information to prospects and funders, if required;
Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner;
Provide support in developing budgets as needed; and
The above statements in this job description are intended to depict the general nature and level of work assigned to the employee(s) in this job. The above is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of accountable duties and responsibilities required.
Other responsibilities as requested by the Deputy Director of Development.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
Work requires one or more years of relevant work experience.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Committed to and enthusiastic about Reach Out and Read’s mission
Excellent research, analytical, writing and editing skills
Ability to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner
Experience writing grants
Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented
High level of computer literacy required and experience using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information
Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced and demanding environment
Familiarity with Foundation Center database a plus
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
Position will require a background check
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