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Interfaith Youth Core
Chicago, IL 60604
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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, were 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

Required Qualifications:

Bachelors 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

Essential Qualities:

Passionate commitment to IFYCs 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

Compensation and Benefits: $55,000 - $75,000 annually plus free medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance for employee-only coverage. Those who wish to cover their dependents can contribute through payroll for dependent health coverage. Generous time off policies that include paid time off, floating holidays, fixed holidays, sick leave and paid parental leave.

Supervisor: Director of Foundation Relations

Location: Chicago (preferred) or any US location. Currently, IFYCs 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

Application deadline: March 17th

Start Date: approximately, April 19th

Other Requirements:

The Foundation Relations Manager position requires the ability, with or without reasonable accommodation, to: maintain regular attendance; travel to across this US; work cooperatively with others; adhere to IFYC personnel policies and safety rules; sit and/or stand for extended periods of time; operate standard office equipment, including computers, telephones, photocopiers, and projectors; communicate orally, in writing, and via computers and digital devices; and requires close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, transcribe, view a computer terminal and other office equipment.

IFYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, marital status, or any other status protected by applicable law. Reasonable accommodation will be provided as needed to enable qualified applicants with a disability to participate in pre-employment procedures.

Posted: 2021-02-18 Expires: 2021-03-22

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