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Director of Grants Research & Development

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Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Elgin, IL
Experience Level: Mid-Level
Categories: Administrator
Role: Director of Grants Research & Development


About ECC:

Elgin Community College serves over 9,000 students at every stage of their educational journeys, including university transfer programs, career and technical education, continuing education classes, and adult basic education. As a community, we pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming campus where every person—students, staff members, faculty members, and campus visitors—feels valued. The work of each ECC employee is central to the college’s mission, and as an employer, the college fosters a positive environment through professional challenges, excellent benefits, and opportunities for recognition and camaraderie.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM

Rate of Pay:

This position is a grade 16 with a minimum of $66,075. Salary offer will be commensurate with the education/experience, in alignment with the College’s compensation philosophy, and the current CBA, if applicable.

FLSA Status:


Grant Funded:


Job Summary:

An employee in this classification performs work of moderate difficulty by researching grant opportunities from federal/state agencies, as well as private foundations and grant awarding bodies and the development of the related grant proposals. Work is distinguished by the ability to facilitate dialogue throughout the various employee groups at the College to develop interest in and collaboration on grant opportunities that benefit the College. General supervision is received by the assigned manager.


Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from four-year institution with a three to five years’ experience with grant writing, proposal writing, business/technical writing, journalism, or other writing style; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  2. Considerable knowledge of research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  3. Considerable skills working with institutional donors, fundraising information sources, proposal writing and basic fundraising techniques/strategies.
  4. Considerable skills in oral and written communication, especially the ability to write and edit clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive responses to grant proposals. 
  5. Considerable skill in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, including but not limited to Word, Excel, Access and Publisher
  6. Considerable skill in organizing work to meet established deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.
  7. Working skill in interpersonal interaction to be applied to a variety of individuals with differing education, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  8. Working skill in operating a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment as well as learning and adapting to new and updated programs and technology.
  9. Must be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends when required by the department’s needs.


Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Advanced degree or certification.

Essential Duties:

  1. Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  2. Work with the Business and Finance Department of the College to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  1. Comply with all grants reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  2. Provide stewardship to current grantors, working to provide regular written updates (newsletters, etc.) to corporate, private and foundation donors.
  3. Understand institutional history and programs.
  4. Build relationships with potential grantors and foundation officers and other prospects.
  5. Arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees).
  6. Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  7. Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc.).
  8. Work with College employees to provide development input for all written institutional materials (including Annual Report, President’s Report, etc.).
  9. Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.
  10. Act as a clearing house for all grant submissions.
  11. Maintains required training, licensure and/or certifications
  12. Maintains confidentiality of privileged information and adheres to applicable privacy laws
  13. Demonstrates sensitivity, understanding and respect of diverse populations within the workplace.
  14. Maintains an understanding of the work of colleagues to effectively provide backup and/or support for co-workers during times when the division is short-staffed or experiencing an increased volume of work.
  15. Adheres to department guidelines for attendance and punctuality

Other Duties:

  1. Work with the Foundation team to develop budgets, and perform other duties as assigned by the Office Institutional Advancement and the Foundation.
  2. Perform other position related duties as assigned which pertain to the job description.
  3. Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes days/evenings/weekends as needed by the department.

Physical Demands:

Sedentary (up to 10 lbs occasionally, sitting most of the time)

Visual Acuity:

Close visual acuity (e.g. computer, assembly)

Work Environment:

Moderate noise

Environmental Conditions:

Typical office or administrative

Current SSECCA Union Member Information:

The initial posting date for this position is 08/04/2022. Elgin Community College Support Staff of Elgin Community College Association (SSECCA) members that apply by 08/12/2022 and meet the posted minimum qualifications will receive full consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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