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TDF Director of Grants and Programs 

Full-Time, Monday-Friday
Located in Lincoln, Nebraska

The Dressage Foundation (TDF), a national nonprofit, was founded in 1989 to “cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage in the United States.”  Each year, over $200,000 is awarded to dressage enthusiasts across the country to further their education in the sport. 

TDF operates a small office in Lincoln, Nebraska, consisting of an Executive Director, Director of Grants and Programs, and Administrative Assistant.  Staff members work closely with the volunteer Board of Directors and grant committee members to advance our mission.

The TDF Director of Grants and Programs will be accountable for a variety of essential duties.  Key areas of responsibility include processing grant applications, working with all grant committees to determine recipients, overseeing the Century Club program, marketing and communications, and more. 

Requirements:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, accurate, and organized
  • Experience writing articles for publication 
  • Social media knowledge, preferably for an organization/company 
  • Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to multi-task 
  • Team player 

Preferences:

  • Nonprofit experience
  • Working knowledge of equestrian sports
  • Basic graphic design experience 

Responsibilities: 

Grants: 

  • Process all incoming grant applications
  • Work closely and maintain good communication with committees during review process
  • Schedule conference calls with committees as needed
  • Communicate with grant applicants/recipients throughout the process
  •  Ensure that each grant recipient completes grant requirements (reports, comment forms, financial summary, etc)
  •  Oversee the update of applications as needed
  •  Collect grant recipient stories to share with donors
  •  Organize presentations of applicable awards

Programs:

  •  Oversee the Century Club program
    • Work with Administrative Assistant to process all applications
    • Communicate regularly with prospective and new members
    • Write and distribute press releases for new members
    • Share member stories with donors and through various marketing channels
       
  • GMO (Group Member Organization/Dressage Club) Representative Program
    • Promote TDF’s grants/programs and giving opportunities through regular contact with 100+ volunteers from around the country
    • Write articles and create ads that representatives can share with their club members
    • Keep volunteers engaged through regular contact and sharing of ideas

Marketing and Communications: 

  • Strengthen TDF’s brand through its social media channels, create compelling content
  • Promote grant opportunities through various marketing channels and communication with the dressage community
  • Promote Benefit Class opportunities with show managers, dressage clubs
  • Assist in writing monthly e-newsletters
  • Assist in writing articles for annual fall newsletter
  • Write and distribute press releases
  • Assist with annual Century Club magazine
  • Assist with Annual Report 
  • Work with GMOs/clubs to distribute TDF information
  • Oversee website updates, content

Graphic design – create basic ads, flyers, brochures as needed

Other: 

  • Report to Board at meetings
  • Assist with fundraising efforts as requested
  • Additional duties as required and assigned

How to apply:

Interested candidates should email their cover letters and resumes to Jenny Johnson, Executive Director, at jenny@dressagefoundation.org..  Questions?  Email Jenny or call her at (402) 434-8585.