TruFund Financial Services, Inc. (TruFund) is a national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with offices in New York City; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Birmingham Alabama. TruFund seeks to stimulate economic development in communities that are underserved by traditional banking institutions by providing affordable capital, hands-on technical assistance and innovative solutions to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, real estate developers, and other CDFIs. In the largest single round in the history of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program since its creation in 2001, TruFund Financial Services, Inc. was recently awarded $55 million to spur economic and community development in distressed and low-income communities.
Learn more about TruFund at www.trufund.org.
The Development Associate / Community Impact Analyst will assist with grant research, grant writing and related administrative support to the Resource Development Department. Support continuous efforts to improve data accuracy and quality, including projects to strengthen how TruFund captures, stores, and uses data. He / She will also assist with monitoring / tracking of programs and services including reporting requirements, compliance, impact, program evaluations and grant expenditures.
This position will be located in our headquarters (in Manhattan, New York) and will report directly to the Resource Development Specialist. The Resource Development Specialist heads the department and reports directly to the President.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 70-80%
- Supports the Resource Development Specialist with tasks related to the analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation of grant applications and related projects.
- Supports the Resource Development Specialist with completing components of grant applications.
- Assists with maintaining grant calendars and tracking grant submissions / awards.
- Provide assistance with grant research, including research on potential new and existing funders, statistics for grant applications.
- Collect, compile and analyze information for both internal and external grant reporting requirements. Ensure compliance for all grant requirements.
- Prior grant writing and reporting experience preferred
Secondary Responsibilities: 20-30%
- Conduct research on new and existing initiatives to determine impact and ultimate outcomes of TruFund’s programmatic work and lending activities.
- The Development Associate / Community Impact Analyst will also collect, analyze and research new and existing initiatives and trends in best practices in the field of community economic development.
- Donor Relations: Assist the Resource Development Specialist and Director of Communications with the expansion of TruFund’s Individual Donor program. This includes:
- Gathering success stories and key impact data to use in media presentations
- Special event support and assisting with the Giving Tuesday / Annual Campaign (tracking donations in a database or spreadsheet and follow-up communications).
Research and Resource Development skills :
- Understanding of local, state, and federal government grant sources; national, regional, and local private foundations; and philanthropic departments of financial institutions and other corporations– and/or willingness to learn these processes.
- Utilizes research and analytical skills for data collection, data mining, and analysis in an effort to inquire, examine, find or review facts using relevant knowledge.
- Extreme curiosity about, and ability to collect, manage, track, monitor, and incorporate into grant proposals, grant reporting, and external communications.
- "Internal data": TruFund lending activity data, other quantitative and qualitative outputs and outcomes measurement, program success stories, interdepartmental information such as budgets and other financials, strategic plans, historical funding and reporting activity, and
- "External" trends: best practices among CDFIs and other non-profits that support small businesses, initiatives that funders are spearheading or following, new and existing publicly available socio-economic "raw" demographic data (poverty, income, business ownership, unemployment, etc.) from sources such as the US Census Bureau.
- Ability to quickly establish familiarity with the socioeconomic, business, and public/private landscape of localities and regions that TruFund serves through the review of regional and local economic development plans and strategies, conversations with TruFund market directors and board members, monitoring of activities partner organizations, stakeholders, and funders who work in/target these areas, and other industry/mission-related internet news sources and ListServs.
- Ability to succinctly summarize relevant points of data for incorporation into grant proposals, grants reporting, and fundraising and program planning strategy meetings.
- Ability to use databases, pull reports, and create /manage/present spreadsheets
- Strong knowledge of computer programs and online document sharing programs
- Familiarity with scheduling/planning software (such as Outlook, Salesforce, or Ecivis) or other innovative tools for managing grant submission deadlines and external reporting deadlines
- Ability to maintain databases and/or spreadsheets of critical contact lists of stakeholders (sponsors, funders, donors, etc.)
- Prior experience with Customer Relationship Management ("CRM") software, particularly Salesforce (a plus, but not required)
- Prior experience with grant research databases (such as Ecivis, Grantstation, Foundation Center Directory, Grants.gov) a plus, but not required
- Familiarity with online mapping/data research tools such as US Census, and GIS to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends (a plus, but not required)
- Demonstrated project management experience: Ability to motivate colleagues serving at all organizational levels to prioritize and meet deadlines for timely submission of comprehensive grant proposals and funders' reports
- Ability to work independently, take initiative, follow-through and solve problems
- Ability to deal with ambiguity in a diverse work environment
- Extremely resourceful – and willingness to manage identified resources for use by the entire organization
- Ability to organize information and pay extremely close attention to detail
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong drafting and editing skills
- Ability to build and maintain relationships and interact effectively with senior level administrators and support staff in each TruFund market (NY, LA, AL) via e-mail, webinars, phone conferences and in-person meetings
- Experience handling highly sensitive and confidential business matters required
- Bachelor’s degree required from 4-year College or University. Preferred majors: economics, community / urban planning, finance, journalism, public policy, or similar field. Banking, finance or community development experience and/or experience with government reporting a plus.
TruFund offers a competitive salary based on experience and skills, as well as an excellent benefits package including health, disability, and life insurance, 401(k) savings plan, and paid time off.
How to Apply:
To apply: Please forward your resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and salary requirements in MS Word or Adobe pdf format to the email address provided: email@example.com.
Place "Development Associate/Community Impact Analyst 009-16" in the subject line of your e-mail.
We appreciate all responses, but due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to give status updates, but if you are invited for an interview, you will be contacted by a member of TruFund staff.
TruFund Financial Services is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.