Manager of Development

Organization: Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA)

Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.

Deadline: Aug. 14

Salary: Title and salary commensurate with experience. Submit salary requirements with application.

Description: The Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA) seeks a Manager of Development.

The Oklahoma Transit Association (OTA), a nonprofit organization, is the state’s voice for public transit. OTA’s membership is comprised of the 34 urban, small urban, suburban, rural and tribal transit agencies in the state who share the common priority of providing and improving mobility and access for all Oklahomans. OTA’s mission is to support public transit through advocacy, education, communication and partnerships. The organization’s vision is to be distinguished as a leader in the public transit industry by facilitating the enhancement of mobility and access for all Oklahomans.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Manager of Development (Manager) is responsible for securing funding for Oklahoma public transit systems and OTA and its foundation by identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding gifts from public and private sources for the purpose of funding transit needs and the needs of OTA and its foundation. The Manager will also be responsible for helping transit systems in the procurement process. The Manager will collaborate closely with program and development staff, transit systems and other transit entities and officials to secure information for proposals and reports.

The responsibilities of the Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identify and research new funding opportunities for transit systems and OTA.
  • Plan strategically for funding growth based on the need of transit systems and OTA and its foundation.
  • Write and serve as primary grant writer for all grants and proposals produced by OTA. Consult with local agencies on grants and as requested write grants for individual transit systems.
  • Develop an annual plan of work identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding activities for public and private sources.
  • Serve as OTA’s primary contact for all grant and foundation related inquiries.
  • Cultivate personal relationships with OTA program and development staff, transit systems, transit entities and officials, other grantor and foundation program officers, volunteers, community leaders and others as appropriate to solicit and submit funding requests.
  • Submit grant requests through a variety of methods, including letters requesting financial support, letters of inquiry, full grant proposals and formal presentations.
  • Provide funding request information for funding applications and reports in formats consistent with requirements.
  • Conduct tours and lead presentations to grantors, foundations, granting organizations and other community groups.
  • Coordinate funding site visits of transit systems, and when appropriate, include other team members.
  • Steward new and existing grantors and donors through required grant reporting, in-person meetings and supplemental stewardship reports created according to requirements.
  • Work with transit system or OTA accounting, database and program staff to ensure that all foundation and grant gifts are credited appropriately in the transit system or OTA’s accounting systems and used according to guidelines.
  • Develop and implement special grant and donor events as needed.
  • Obtain publicity as necessary for grants by working with transit system’s and OTA’s marketing and communications teams.
  • Maintain current grant information in OTA’s database, including key grantor and foundation contacts, proposal details, grantor and foundation summaries and upcoming deadlines.
  • Track the status of requests for funding and follow up when necessary.
  • Assist transit systems in navigating the procurement process as required by grants, donations and state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Understand the state transit contract procurement process and assist transit systems and OTA members in navigating through the system.
  • Prepare Request for Proposals.
  • Present ideas which can improve the transit systems’ procurement processes.
  • Staff appropriate OTA committees as needed.
  • Participate in other duties as required by the OTA Executive Director. This position will involve responsibilities outside the traditional work week.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a four-year college or university with at least two years of related successful experience in nonprofit fundraising or marketing as it relates to revenue generation. Experience in grant-writing, research and procurement preferred. Knowledge of public transit is desirable but not required.

Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals and technical procedures. Ability to write detailed foundation related materials, including grant applications, reports and correspondence in a manner that is easily understood. Ability to effectively present information. Ability to appropriately answer questions regarding funding requests from transit system and OTA staff. Ability to appropriately answer questions from foundation program officers, grantors, donors and corporate leaders regarding OTA’s operations and programs.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or schedule form.

Personal Characteristics and Professional Requirements:

  • Integrity, enthusiasm, perspective, flexibility and strong work ethic.
  • A desire to be part of an innovative, entrepreneurial organization with the ability to prioritize, move quickly and maintain strong follow-through in a dynamic environment.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills; the ability to understand and translate information for intended audiences with clarity and precision.
  • Strong computer and technical skills.
  • Exhibits organizational skills and time management to follow time schedules, work plans, and meet deadlines.
  • A deep appreciation for, and an ability to articulate, the mission of OTA.
  • The intellectual depth, maturity, wisdom and collaborative skills to garner the trust and confidence of transit leaders, grantors, donors, volunteer leaders, community leaders, staff and other constituents.
  • Ability to work both remotely from home and in an office setting.
  • Willingness to travel statewide and nationally.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work well with people at all levels and a strong commitment to teamwork.

Application Procedure: Submit your resume, three references and a cover letter explaining your qualifications and reason for seeking the position along with the information required below to oktransit@oktransit.org by Aug. 14, 2020. Provide up to three writing examples as part of your application.

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The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.