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Director of Grantwriting and Foundation Relations
The Ecology Center is seeking a talented and experienced person to oversee its fund development and donor relations with private foundations and government funders.  This is a part-time position which could be made full-time under certain circumstances.
The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based environmental organization that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play. Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center has approximately 6,000 members and supporters, 12 staff persons, several part-time consultants and interns, and an 11-person Board of Directors.  In recent years, the Ecology Center has led successful campaigns to close down Michigan's medical waste incinerators, improve the environmental performance of the auto industry, and save thousands of acres of working farms and valuable natural areas.
Our staff are advocates who translate cutting edge environmental science into calls for changes in policy and in the marketplace. We work in an informal, team atmosphere, where individual initiative and priority setting is expected. Our methods emphasize research and scientific credibility, developing reports, fact sheets and websites, grassroots organizing with public health, environmental and health-impacted communities, and crafting effective stories for the media.  The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, also a nonprofit organization, which operates the premier recycling program in the state of Michigan.
Job Responsibilities
The Director of Grantwriting and Foundation Relations will be responsible for the Ecology Center?s relations with private foundations and public sector funders, with special regard to donor cultivation and reporting requirements.  Specific responsibilities and job functions include:
·        working with Ecology Center program staff and Director to develop funding proposals for private foundations and government funders;
·        preparing a wide range of written materials for funders and prospective funders;
·        researching new funder prospects, particularly among private foundations, and developing cultivation strategies; and,
·        working with program staff, Director, and Finance Manager to submit timely reports to funders.
The Director of Grantwriting and Foundation Relations will work within the Administrative work team, with the Ecology Center?s Director, Development Director, and Finance Manager. S/he would join our staff working from our downtown Ann Arbor office.  Located in the center of the Great Lakes Basin, Ann Arbor is widely considered one of the best places to live in the Midwest, with a vibrant arts and music scene, great schools, terrific parks, and one of the best public universities in the country, all a short drive from the most beautiful natural areas in the region.
The position offers opportunity for educational and professional development.  It also has some shared organizational responsibilities and office duties.  Ecology Center staff are unionized, and actively participate in organizational decision-making.  This position is a great opportunity for a creative person to make a difference working for a nationally respected public interest organization with outstanding colleagues.
·        extremely strong verbal and written communication skills;
·        ability to coordinate multiple grant applications, reports, etc. on overlapping deadlines, and see them to completion in a timely and  organized fashion;
·        experience with advocacy campaigns, environmental issues, and/or public policy is very helpful;
·        well-organized, self-motivated, and ability to work independently;
·        Bachelor?s degree or two years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Salary is commensurate with relevant professional experience.  The Ecology Center offers generous benefits, including medical, dental, four weeks vacation, and retirement. 
To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and a current writing sample by email to jobs@ecocenter.org. Alternatively, please fax to (734) 663-2414, or mail to Ecology Center, 117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI  48104.  For more information, please call (734) 761-3186.
Application Deadline
Please apply before March 9, 2007. Applications received prior to March 9 will be given priority, but we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.
The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, minorities, and people of diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Brigit Macomber
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734)761-3186 x121
(734)663-2414 fax
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