Job Posting 78775

Grant Writer and Communications
Journey Home Community
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Burnaby
closes in 2 days (Sun, 30 Jan)
full time

Interviewing for this position is to commence in mid-late January 2022. Pre-screening conversations may begin immediately and will be ongoing with qualified candidates as resumes are received.

 

POSITION OPPORTUNITY:

This full-time position will provide an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in helping Journey Home Community to expand its impact in the community by using your gifts and skills in the areas of written and visual communications. The ideal candidate will be skilled in various modes of written and visual communications including grant writing, social media, visual communication, web & email, donor communications, and storytelling.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES: 

Journey Home Community is a Christian faith-based not-for-profit organization. We are motivated by the teaching of Jesus Christ to love our neighbour as ourselves and we engage in the value of engaging together to be a community of prayer. And, we believe in dignity, both for the refugee families we work with as well as for our staff and volunteers. This means, believing that all people are created equal in the image of God, we respect and affirm the inherent dignity and value of each individual, regardless of race, religion, political opinion, sexual orientation, or social group.

 

We are seeking team members who are skilled in their work areas and who are able to engage in all organizational values.

 

MANDATE:

The Grant Writer and Communications staff will be a key member development team who will:

  1. Lead the organization in communications (with donors/external stakeholders).
  2. Source, research, schedule, and collaborate on writing grants.

TIME COMMITMENT:  

This is a full-time, salaried position averaging 35 hours per week.  As it is not a “9 to 5” position, the role will require some evening and weekend work and travel throughout the Lower Mainland.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

Managing Performance - The ability to take responsibility for one's own performance by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against the goals, ensuring feedback, and addressing performance problems and issues promptly.

Interpersonal Awareness - The ability to listen well, interpret, and discern others' concerns and feelings and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others.

Oral and Written Communication - The ability to express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; the ability to express oneself clearly in business writing.

Communication Response - The ability to effectively interpret verbal and nonverbal communication, to respond to inquiries and tasks in a timely manner and to adapt to a variety of responses to one’s presentations and proposals.

Facilitating Relationships - The ability to facilitate multiple donor and partner relationships while simultaneously responding to numerous and varied demands.

Building Collaborative Relationships - The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.

Initiative - The ability to identify what needs to be done and take independent action to accomplish the determined goals.

Personal Credibility - Demonstrated concern that one be perceived as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.

Flexibility - Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one's preferred way of doing things.

Christian Spirituality - The ability to provide leadership in Christian spiritual practices.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Reports directly to Housing and Donor Engagement
  • Meets with the Settlement Team, Development Team and Staff Leadership Team as necessary.
  • Communicates and meets with event participants and donors including individuals, businesses, and foundations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Assist in the development and implementation of an annual fundraising plan as part of the development team with a particular focus on the intersection of communications and grant writing as part of the plan.
  2. Uphold all values and adhere to all policies and procedures of JHC.
  3. Support staff and community members in prayer and through spiritual guidance rooted in the Christian tradition.

      Communications

  1. Leads organizational donor communications by developing communications strategies, materials, and talking points which reflect the organization’s impact, values, goals, and plans.
  2. Lead in the development of the newsletter, print media, and website.
  3. Lead in the planning and implementation of social media campaigns.
  4. Assist Development Team members by crafting thank you messages and tools (cards, letters, email templates, etc.).
  5. Keep connected to Journey Home Community members (staff, refugees, and volunteers) for the purpose of uncovering stories and information important to our communication strategies.
  6. Ensure that all communications reflect the values and ethos of Journey Home Community.

Grant Writing

  1. Functions as the lead for sourcing, researching, scheduling, and writing grant applications.
  2. Collaborate with other Development Team members in writing grants.
  3. For grants the organization receives, takes responsibility for scheduling, writing, and delivering of all reports to granting organizations and foundations. Collaborates with other staff in this area.

Donor Events

  1. Collaborate with the Development Team in the planning and implementation of fundraising events, including (but not limited to the Ride for Refuge and an Annual Gala).

Donor Relations

  1. Participate in donor relations as follows:
    • Manage a portfolio of donors (as assigned).
    • Build relationships with assigned donors; communicate thank you messages and requests through phone, email, and/or personal meetings.
    • Report back to funders and donors as required.
    • Assists in the development of cases for support for donors (as assigned).
  2. Supervise and support volunteers who are assisting in development activities.

Miscellaneous

  1. Carry out additional tasks as assigned
  2. Attend other organizational events and provide support as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated effective communications skills across multiple communications disciplines; in the interviewing process, candidates will be asked to complete a written assignment and provide a portfolio of past work.
  • Previous experience in grant writing.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with community stakeholders.
  • Ability to complete administrative tasks, develop and employ systems, and prioritize tasks.
  • Strong stress management skills and ability to function in a high-paced environment.
  • Ability to practice confidentiality and pass basic screening requirements including vulnerable sectors police check.
  • Competency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and G-Suite Cloud Computing and a high computer-literacy.
  • Strong typing skills.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and pass basic screening requirements including vulnerable sectors police check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Lived-refugee experience and/or experience working with refugees OR cross-cultural experience (either lived or vocational experience).
  • Previous experience in donor relations.
  • Previous experience in graphic design is an asset.
  • Experience using a granting database for sourcing and research.
  • Full BC Driver’s license and daily access to a personal vehicle. 

Orientation and Training

The successful candidate will receive appropriate orientation to Journey Home Community within their first weeks of employment. This will include opportunities to connect with refugee families and a review of organizational policies and procedures. Ongoing training and support by way of participation in fundraising workshops, forums and events will be arranged.  There will be ongoing opportunity to gain familiarity with the refugee cause and with the organization’s mission and activities.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BENEFITS

Journey Home Community is a small non-profit organization but has had significant impact in the refugee claimant population. We work at being community, not only in name but also in practice, as a staff and as a larger constituency. We have weekly dinners to provide interaction with refugee families, we have occasional staff retreats and we offer a flexible work schedule. After an initial exploratory employment period, we provide an extended medical benefits plan and some budget for staff development for staff who are working 30+ hours per week.                   

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