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Assistant Grants Manager (Full-Time)

LOCATION:            New York, New York   ABOUT READERS DIGEST PARTNERS FOR SIGHT FOUNDATION: Readers Digest Partners for Sight Foundation is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization
LOCATION:            New York, New York   ABOUT READERS DIGEST PARTNERS FOR SIGHT FOUNDATION: Readers Digest Partners for Sight Foundation is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that acts as a charitable grant-making foundation. We are dedicated primarily to supporting programs that help blind or visually impaired people live independent and productive lives. Readers Digest Partners for Sight also runs a subscription periodical service providing home delivery of large type Readers Digest condensed novels to people with low vision. JOB DESCRIPTION: Readers Digest Partners for Sight is seeking a Assistant Grants Manager to join our small team. While the position will be based in New York City, the onboarding process and initial period of work will be conducted remotely until we reopen a brick-and-mortar location. The ideal candidate is proactive, a problem solver, energetic, well organized, detail-oriented, able to multi-task, prioritize, learn quickly, and work collaboratively and independently.  The position reports to the Executive Director. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Grants Management Provide support to the Executive Director and Grantees throughout the grant award process including award and declination letters, grant receipts, checks, reports, proofreading grant applications, etc. Participate with the Executive Director in pre-and-post-award orientation meetings with the grantees to ensure that all terms/conditions of the contract /grant were understood. Screen grant proposals to assess eligibility, according to the guidelines and standards of the Foundation’s mission and funding priorities and make initial recommendations to the Executive Director. Understand the terms of grants, specifically the expected results of the project, and ensure compliance with the requirements. Maintain tracking processes for all grants, reporting any grants pipeline issues to management on a monthly basis. Maintain an accurate and current database with history of applications, grants, disbursements, relevant organization information, etc. Ensure the proper presentation and safekeeping of supporting documentation for compliance and audit purposes. Administrative Support Serve as day-to-day liaison with vendors and troubleshoot when problems arise. Provide general, daily, support for board, part time staff, and vendors as needed. Answer general telephone and e-mail inquiries and manage office correspondence. Organize electronic files of grant, financial and legal documents in Dropbox and Teams. Support Foundation’s operations by maintaining office systems and coordinating with outside vendors and parttime staff. Coordinate all Board Book material and distribute it to members of the Board of Directors prior to quarterly meetings. CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent research, writing, and analytic skills, with the ability to synthesize and distill large amounts of information. Ability to work in a high-performance environment, with tight deadlines and changing priorities. Strong project management and administrative skills. Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Strong computer skills; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and Outlook. Good interpersonal skills. Interest in the blind and vision impaired and philanthropy community. Bachelor’s degree with a preferred minimum 3 years of work experience. Ability to work as a team player, with a “no task is too small” attitude. Ability to work independently. Sense of humor a plus. COMPENSATION: Salary range: $65,000 – $75,000 HOW TO APPLY: Please submit…

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Mission and Vision Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (RDPFS) is dedicated to fostering the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired. We
Mission and Vision Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation (RDPFS) is dedicated to fostering the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired. We envision an accessible and inclusive world where people who are blind and visually impaired have the tools, resources and opportunity to lead independent and fulfilling lives. For more information, please visit our website Partners for Sight. Governance The Board supports and approves the work of Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by the Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, with the appropriate oversight, supervision, responsiveness and involvement of the Board as needed to ensure implementation of the goals and objectives of RDPFS. Expectations and Responsibilities of Individual Directors: Know the Foundation’s mission, policies, programs, and needs Be informed about, and meet, all legal and fiduciary responsibilities Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all regular and special meetings of the board Review outcomes and metrics created by RDPFS for evaluating its impact, and regularly measure its performance and effectiveness Participate in creation and critical review of the annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions Act as an ambassador for the Foundation and identify partnerships necessary for RDPFS to achieve its mission Assist the Governance Committee in identifying and recruiting new Directors Actively contribute as a member of one or more committees including special assignments Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters related to the Foundation Terms and Participation Directors currently serve one-year terms and are elected annually. New Directors may be added at any time upon nomination of governance committee and approval of the Board. Board meetings are held quarterly. Qualifications This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about RDPFS’s mission and wishes to make a significant contribution to the community of people who are blind or visually impaired. Candidates will have the following qualifications: A commitment to and understanding of RDPFS’s mission, preferably based on experience Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of RDPFS’s beneficiaries Be at least 18 years of age Other RDPFS encourages annual donations from its Directors Service on RDPFS’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board duties […]

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