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Development & Grant Specialist

Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center in Sarasota, Florida is seeking a full-time Development & Grant Specialist.

The Development & Grant Specialist duties include grant writing, grant and donor research along with directing the grant tracking/management function. The Development & Grant Specialist is responsible for developing and maintaining the grant calendar along with engaging in fundraising activities including donor relations, mail appeals, special events and any other Development activities. Key duties also include assisting with formulating proposals and working with Program departments to determine needs. The Development & Grant Specialist will also work with Lighthouse staff to strengthen existing relationships with donors and build new connections to the philanthropic community.

Duties include:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive development program including individual annual and planned giving, foundation giving, direct mail, grant writing and special events.
  • Identify, solicit, cultivate and steward prospects and donors for major gifts.
  • Manage development department functions including maintaining donor management software, timely acknowledgement of gifts and proper donor recognition.
  • Maintain an annual grant calendar, including researching opportunities, submitting timely grant applications, monitoring reporting schedules and hosting site visits.
  •  Become familiar with donor research tools and donor perfect/donor database.
  •  Participate in identifying appropriate donors/prospects for possible requests.
  •  Create regular fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
  •  Assist with the annual appeal efforts.
  •  Assist with coordination of donor cultivation events and special events.
  •  Works with Development contractors as appropriate and assigned.
  •  Actively participate in donor stewardship activities and events.
  •  Serve as a resource on a variety of fundraising activities to include fundraising appeals and related projects.
  • Attend community activities and professional training to gather necessary information to achieve fundraising goals.
  •  Participation in Association for Fundraising Professionals events and any other pertinent gatherings.
  • The Lighthouse has been a staple in the Sarasota community for over 35 years and has helped countless people with visual impairments find courage, community and independence. All Lighthouse employees are subject to pre-employment background checks, and eligibility to work will be verified through E-Verify. Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center is an equal opportunity and E-Verify employer with a drug-free workplace.
  • Visit lighthouseeducationcenter.org to learn more about us.
  • No telephone calls please! Please submit your cover letter and resume to human.resources@lighthouseeducationcenter.org.