Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 19-Jul-2021 to 17-Aug-2021
  • - Hamilton County Community Foundation (HCCF)
  • Noblesville, IN, USA
  • Full Time

The grants officer will serve as liaison between not-for-profit organizations, the community, and Hamilton County Community Foundation's (HCCF) respective boards with a particular focus on the foundation's responsive grantmaking effort. A successful candidate will manage a diverse grants portfolio, advise on grantmaking processes and provide guidance to organizations applying for grants.  A successful candidate will represent the Foundation and its values, maintaining high standards of ethics and confidentiality, and adhering to HCCF's commitment to opportunity, equity and inclusion. 

JOB FUNCTIONS: The following functions have been determined by the Foundation to be essential to the successful performance of this position:

1. Serves as a public liaison for HCCF. This includes: meeting with not-for-profit organizations to assess efficacy and effectiveness; educating not-for-profit organizations about HCCF's mission related to opportunity, equity, and inclusion, and on competitive funding opportunities; maintaining contact with government, corporate, and philanthropic funders in pertinent program areas; representing the foundation at community functions; and making public presentations on the role of community foundations, the basics of grant seeking, and engaging in philanthropy.

2. Provides assessment, guidance, and technical assistance to not-for-profit organizations and the community in meeting the foundation's responsive grantmaking guidelines; assessing not-for-profit organizations governance, leadership, financial and programmatic efficacy and effectiveness, and collaboration/coordination with partners; assessing eligibility and appropriateness of proposals relative to foundation priorities; review proposals and provide feedback to applicants. 

3. Prepares applicant evaluation summaries and makes recommendations for the consideration of the appropriate governing authority in the grant approval process. Ensures recipients of grants adequately reflect the foundation's mission and community leadership priorities. Monitors and evaluates the performance of grantees by conducting site visits; reviewing grant reports and using lessons-learned from past grants to influence future grantmaking and recording quantitative and qualitative information in the foundation database to inform future grantmaking.

4. Conducts research and analysis for determining broader trends and needs in support of the foundation's grantmaking and community initiatives, including: identifying new programs for meeting community funding needs; determining needs for furthering specific funding goals; researching, and when appropriate, acting on national funding opportunities; and developing additional funds.

5. Operates through an equity lens, building knowledge and upholding best practices to combat systemic injustice through grantmaking. 

6. Serves as a community knowledge resource for fund advisors and work alongside effective philanthropy officers to cultivate donor co-investment in HCCF's community leadership priorities.

7. All other duties as assigned.


1. Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

2. Minimum of three years in the not-for-profit or public sector with experience in grantmaking, project management, task group management, and knowledge of Hamilton County not-for-profit landscape preferred.

3. Willingness to build knowledge about opportunity, equity and inclusion issues, and how they intersect with race, and advance these core values through your work.

4. Understanding and adherence to high standards of ethics and confidentiality.

5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to discuss multiple concepts with others.

6. Ability to work effectively as part of a team and work independently with moderate supervision.

7. Ability to organize, facilitate, and manage projects and meetings in an efficient and effective manner.

8. Excellent organizational and workload prioritizing skills.

9. Excellent conceptual and analytical skills; ability to research and analyze data and information. 

10. Working knowledge of general office equipment, including computer-based word processing and spreadsheet packages, proficiency with MS Office products preferred. Experience working on the Internet and with integrated database software is also preferred.

11. Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.

12. Ability to travel and attend off-site events, such as community events and meetings.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Office environment.

MISSION: Our mission is to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential – no matter place, race or identity. Like all members of Foundation staff, this professional must be committed to working through the lens of our mission, learning how systemic racism and other biases marginalize Central Indiana residents and actively working to dismantle unfair systems both internally and in the community.  Every staff member believes it is an honor and a privilege to serve the Central Indiana community as temporary stewards of our community's charitable assets. Candidates should have values, interests and a work style that are compatible with this philosophy.

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