Grant and Outreach Coordinator

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About You

The ideal Grant and Outreach Coordinator for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank understands and is passionate about the organization’s mission to provide nutritious food and grocery products to those in need in our16-county service area. This individual will be a vital component of the Engagement Department in engaging the community including grants, donors, volunteers and clients to partner with the Food Bank in the fight against hunger.  This team member must demonstrate outstanding organizational, planning & implementation skills, in order to provide optimal experiences and develop new/existing community relationships to recruit the community to act regarding the cause of hunger.  The ability to work in a fast-paced and progressive environment will be key to success in this role.


This individual will have exceptionally articulate public speaking, interpersonal and detail-oriented skills, which will be critical for the development of strong relationships between coworkers and the community. Cultural competency is of utmost importance, as the Grant and Outreach Coordinator will work with diverse populations on a regular basis. This person must possess a strong sense of initiative, adaptability and flexibility to meet the needs of the community and Food Bank, and take on other duties as necessary.  


A passion for social justice and compassion for others are keys to being a staff member at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. The Northeast Iowa Food Bank strives to work as a unified team to close the Meal Gap in northeast Iowa, to this end the Grant and Outreach Coordinator will need to be capable of working as a team, as well as being a self-starter. In addition, maintaining a positive outlook will play a large role in being a motivator and encourager for the community, clients, and staff members alike.

About The Job

The responsibilities of the Grant and Outreach Coordinator include, but are not limited to, the following:

·        Research, develop and submit proposals for grants to meet the Food Bank’s mission and goals, including, but not limited to, private foundations, corporations, government sources and the United Way. 

·        Write concise, articulate and persuasive grant proposals and narratives.

·        Ensure that grant fiscal management meets current and changing organizational needs. 

·        Collect, verify and interpret relevant data and statistics.

·        Work with Accounting/Finance Department to develop grant budgets and budget narratives.

·        Work with Program staff to keep up-to-date of changes/updates to program service delivery, as well as holding programs accountable for fulfilling grant requirements

·        Steward relationships with grantors – including but not limited to reaching out to and learning what the funding focus is for the grantor yearly, offering tour or visit of Food Bank as well as writing thank-you letters and other correspondence.

·        Monitor and enter grant funds into data base.

·        Monitor grant-funded programs and projects and submit timely reports on use of funding.

·        Maintain a grant-tracking and report-management system.

·        Compile and disseminate information for internal reports.

·        Hold bi-weekly meetings with Grant team to go over all upcoming grants and reports.

·        Works closely with all departments to ensure compliance with grant administration requirements. 

·        Develop and execute strategy for engagement of Mid-Level Donors based on available research of donors to grow number and amount given of donors.  

·        Execute the set strategy of mid-major donors to grow donors in amount given and number of donors including but not limited to: creating portfolios of donors for Development team for quarterly outreach, donor recognition, and engaging donors in annual Food Bank events.

·        Run and report on progress donors.

·        Assist Community Outreach Manager in speaking/tours/other community outreach needs

·        Assist the Community Outreach Manager and Community Engagement Manager in coordinating donor events/outreach

·        Greet, train and supervise volunteers as well as share the mission of the NEIFB; provide general guidance of projects; assure proper training of volunteers to include specific jobs and safety concerns. Communicate frequently with volunteers to ensure they are satisfied and appropriately placed.

·        In instances of a federal, state or locally declared emergency, NEIFB is typically considered an essential service and emergency responder; all employees may be called in to perform regular or emergent duties.

·        Other duties as assigned.



·        4-yeardegree or 5 years’ experience related to sales, writing or communications; combination of education and experience taken into consideration

·        Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

·        Entrepreneurial approach to meeting challenges

·        Proficiency in MS Office software

·        Culturally competent; have an ability to work with diverse groups and individuals

·        Ability to work nights and weekends as needed

·        Must pass a criminal background check

·        Valid drivers license, safe driving record, current vehicle insurance and ability to use personal vehicle for OFB business

·        Ability to perform physical labor as necessary(stand/walk/move for long periods of time, lift up to 50 pounds, work with warehouse equipment)

·        Ability to work both as a team player and independently, checking in as appropriate


·        Ability to multitask, delegate, and adhere to deadlines in a fast-paced environment

·        Experience in picture taking.

·        Experience as an organizer

·        Experience with non-profit organizations

·        Creative, innovative, and big-picture thinker


·        Community involvement and knowledge of those communities in our 16-county service area

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