Associate Director, Institutional Giving / Grant Writer
Braille Institute of America, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

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Braille Institute of America, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate blindness and severe sight loss as a barrier to the fulfillment of life. Through educational training, programs and services, Braille Institute helps people regain and maintain their independence through five regional centers (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange County, Rancho Mirage, and San Diego) and through more than 135 community outreach programs
We currently are seeking an Associate Director, Institutional Giving in our Philanthropy department in Los Angeles. Reporting to the Senior Director, Institutional Giving, this position is responsible for:

In collaboration with the Senior Director, prepares annual and multi-year fundraising plans for all five Braille Institute centers
In collaboration with Braille Institute program staff, develops cases for support, including accurate up-to-date data, descriptions and budgets in the preparation of grant proposals and stewardship reports
Responsible for the identification, research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation (proposal writing), gift closure and stewardship of Institutional Giving donors and prospective donors,
Manages Institutional Giving department Donor Relations functions, including ensuring that gifts are acknowledged promptly, that invitations to events, special occasion cards, annual, and stewardship reports are prepared and mailed
Manages and regularly updates Institutional Giving Solicitation and Stewardship Activities Reports to ensure deadlines are met
Assist Senior in obtaining information for proposals and reports, proofreading, editing, preparation of budgets, producing gift reports, analysis and other special reports for management
Supervises and maintain appropriate, current and accurate donor records, including coding, comments and pertinent information in fundraising data base and files for areas of responsibility

Bachelor's degree required, preferably in a relevant field such as Communications, English, Finance, Journalism, Marketing, or Public Relations.
Advanced English language, writing, editing and proofreading skills.
Advanced working knowledge of foundation and corporate relations, government grants and Institutional prospect research, and demonstrated success in securing five and six figure gifts from Institutional donors.
A minimum of three years direct experience with foundation fundraising, with experience generating gifts from Southern California Institutional donors preferred.
Advanced computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel and Word; and knowledge of fundraising software applications (ideally Raiser's Edge or a SalesForce product) is preferred.
Ability to work in a process driven environment with minimal supervision, and to complete work in a timely and accurate manner.
A collegial personality and the ability to communicate clearly, thoughtfully and persuasively.
Intermediate math and budgeting skills.
Ability to work occasional nights and weekends.

Salary is dependent on skills and experience. We offer an excellent environment and a comprehensive benefits package. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter with salary history to: .

Braille Institute of America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.