• Manager of Grants & Donor Communications

    Job Locations US-MI-Southfield
    Job ID
    PVM Foundation
    Full Time (40+) per week
  • Overview

    This individual is responsible for managing the PVM Foundation’s day-to-day communication, writing and researching grants, as well as coordinating all activities related to donor stewardship and retention. This individual will also be responsible for managing a portfolio of donor prospects as well as setting and meeting fundraising goals. This individual will have excellent verbal communications, creative writing skills and an aptitude for technology. A bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, fundraising, communications or a related field is required. A working knowledge of grant writing is preferred.


    Essential Duties

    1. Research and write proposals and reports for foundations, churches and other organizations.
    2. Develop and manage PVM Foundation communication efforts including print publications, website, e-communications, social media, program promotion and some design work. 
    3. Coordinate the development of strategic stewardship plans to encourage new, renewed and increased contributions, including the use of video, new technology and social media. 
    4. Support the production of promotional materials, mailings, website updates, e-communications, proposal writing and reporting related to all fundraising programs. Programs include but are not limited to annual giving, major giving, planned giving, capital campaigns and grants. 
    5. Develop and maintain a portfolio of donor prospects for the purposes of securing gifts through proposals (to foundations and churches, for example) and personal solicitation. Educate prospects on PVM and PVM Foundation activities and needs, and complete successful moves management using fundraising techniques and knowledge.  
    6. Monitor fundraising progress of all assigned donor prospects to determine appropriate strategies to maximize fundraising. 
    7. Analyze data and submit reports (verbal and written) on communication effectiveness, reach and issues, and apply this information to develop fundraising strategies.
    8. Develop and administer annual budget in support of fund development initiatives related to donor communications and stewardship. 
    9. Build relationships with executive directors and administrators to identify potential story leads.  
    10. Build positive relationships with residents, family members of residents, Village board members, community members, and local foundations through visibility and provide education on fundraising opportunities.
    11. Guide and assist Villages in fundraising by providing suggestions and expertise as requested.  
    12. Assist in strengthening other functional programs and initiatives of the organization by providing new ideas, and promoting and participating in events (e.g., community outreach programs). 
    13. Create and maintain a positive atmosphere of leadership including continuous quality improvement, teamwork, mutual respect, professionalism, and accountability. 
    14. Attend and participate in all appropriate meetings and training opportunities in order to keep informed on current information and skill development.  
    15. Follow established policies and procedures including but not limited to:
      • Presbyterian Villages policies and procedures.
      • Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation policies and procedures.
      • Safety policies and procedures.
      • Federal, state and local regulations. 
    16. 14.Perform other duties as assigned.



    Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Fundraising, Public Relations or related field. Experience equivalent to education considered.



    One to three years’ experience in fund development and/or communications.


    Computer Skills:

    Must be able to operate a computer and intermediate knowledge of spreadsheet, word processing, presentation, design, email and web development software.

    Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software preferred.


    Communications/Interpersonal Skills:

    Ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) at a level generally commensurate with a college degree.

    Ability to influence others and communicate professionally, tactfully and persuasively with diverse populations.

    Ability to quickly assess and address emergency and non-emergency situations calmly and professionally.


    Certificates & Licenses:

    Valid Driver’s License


    Other Requirements

    Must be able to work evenings, weekends, and available for overnight travel



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