Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) has grown and evolved since our founding in 2002, adapting fearlessly to meet the complex challenges of 21st-century worldview diversity. We have gone from running interfaith youth programs in church, mosque, and synagogue basements to shaping a national narrative about the power and potential of civic religious pluralism while focusing on the society-transforming power of higher education. We believe in the essential contributions of countless religious and philosophical traditions that affirm the dignity and justice for every human being. IFYC affirms and supports work for racial equity and is committed to the transformation of America into the promise of what it can be but has not yet been.
At IFYC, we’re ever adapting and changing. We look for people who set audacious goals and love that one workday may not be like the next. We are serious about our vision of an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions bridge divides, work towards racial equity, and find common values to build a shared life together. We seek to attract and retain a team of staff comprised of the diverse identities we need to achieve our vision, including minority religious groups and people of color. We deliberately recruit potential team members from communities that are underrepresented in many interfaith spaces.
You love the writing process, learning new things, and taking on new challenges. You enjoy building and maintaining relationships, working collaboratively, and managing multiple complex projects with various stakeholders. You thrive in a fast-paced, adaptable environment. You hold yourself and your work to a high standard of excellence and take personal responsibility for achieving your goals. You want to make a difference by supporting an interfaith America.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Craft, review and edit compelling, high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications, and reports, in consultation with program, accounting, and executive staff
• Project manage foundation grants process completely from proposals through reports to ensure on-time submission of all required materials
• Adapt writing style, content, and tone in consideration of donor interests, values, and relationships
• Maintain and implement grant cultivation activities including calendars, records, files, progress reports and financial reporting, expertly utilizing donor relations database (Salesforce)
• Prepare grant budgets in collaboration with Accounting Manager
• Identify and research new and lapsed private and corporate foundation donors
• Other duties as assigned
• Bachelor’s degree in related field (communications, business, nonprofit management, religious studies, etc.)
• 3-5 years relevant experience in foundations, nonprofit sector, business or higher education
• Exceptional writing and editing skills and attention to detail
• Exceptional project management and organizational skills
• Successful experience crafting compelling, high-quality grant proposals and reports, and developing funding relationships with private and corporate foundations
• Exceptional ability to operate with purpose, urgency, and accuracy in a multiple deadline-driven environment, balancing various short-term and ongoing projects
• Strong competence in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Authorization to work in the United States
Preferred Qualifications (not required):
• Exposure to interfaith cooperation or religious studies
• Experience building and managing budgets
• Advanced user and knowledge of Salesforce
• Experience writing government grants
• Passionate commitment to IFYC’s mission of making interfaith cooperation the norm in America
• Strong ability to translate highly technical information and concepts into easily readable language
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to identify and adapt writing for different contexts
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds
• Eager to take initiative, anticipate next steps, and remain flexible in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to work effectively both on team projects and self-motivated on individual projects with relative autonomy
• Ability to communicate with appropriate business vocabulary, tact, discretion, and judgment to gain confidence of Advancement prospects and donors
Location: Chicago (preferred) or any US location. Currently, IFYC’s office is closed and all staff are working remotely. If outside of Chicago, the staff member must travel to our office for training when the office reopens, and at least once per quarter thereafter.
Travel: Limited travel, and occasional work on evenings and weekends will be expected.
Application: please upload your resume and a cover letter that includes why you want to work at IFYC