Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $250 million so far, funding over 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.
The Grant Coordinator is integral in disseminating funds raised through the hard work and dedication of ALSF team members and is the steward of ALSF’s grant process, coordinating all details for new and existing grant cycles to ensure the best and most promising childhood cancer research is funded. This role is part of the Grants Team and reports to the Research Program Director.
The Grant Coordinator is responsible for the administration of assigned grant categories for biomedical research grants, ensuring that the grant guidelines are clear, the website is up to date, grant opportunities are promoted, and active grants remain in good standing. Additionally, this role is responsible for organizing grant reviews with the scientific review boards, collecting, and facilitating the review of progress and final reports, corresponding with applicants, grant recipients and grant managers and preparing payments. This role will also be responsible for occasional event planning for webinars and scientific conferences. The Grant Coordinator will manage grant programs using Salesforce and should identify ways to streamline and improve the use of the system.
ALSF is headquartered outside of Philadelphia in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Our team is working remotely during the COVID pandemic yet will return to in-person when it has been deemed safe to do so. For this reason, preference will be given to candidates who live in the Philadelphia area.
- Big and small picture: understand Foundation’s structure, history, and grant program; facilitate the process of reviewing grant applications; manage pre- and post-award grant processes in management software (Salesforce); assure grants meet auditing and Foundation requirements; schedule award payments.
- External and internal communication: build an on-going relationship with grantees, applicants, and review boards; update staff on program initiatives, approved grants, and milestones; answer inquiries (calls or emails) about grant program in a timely manner; represent Foundation at national conferences as needed.
- Team Player and independent worker: willing and able to work independently as well as help other Grants Team members and work collaboratively with other ALSF teams; take a proactive approach to meeting deadlines and streamlining processes; willing to work occasional evenings and weekends for ALSF events.
Required Competencies and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of work experience in detail-oriented environment, or equivalent work experience; nonprofit experience preferred, knowledge of science and the research process a plus.
- Experience working with and understanding grant programs and the intricacies of cyclical processes; applicants who have experience with NIH granting programs and/or a scientific background will be prioritized.
- Advanced project management skills, maintaining processes, creating processes and documenting status of ongoing projects.
- Strong attention to details and deadlines.
- Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Salesforce or other database experience a plus, along with superior analytical and reporting skills.
- Event planning experience a plus.
- Superior written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with various stakeholders, from ALSF staff to donors to researchers.
- Flexible, with the ability to juggle multiple priorities and see them through from concept to completion.
- Ability to work independently and with the Grants Team to meet the goals of the team.
- Ability to analyze current workflow and implement effective processes and procedures.
- Able to work non-traditional hours including evenings and weekends as needed and occasional travel post-pandemic.
The successful candidate will thrive in ALSF’s fast-paced, unique environment and will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to our mission of changing the lives of children with cancer and their families. This full-time opportunity offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
If you are interested in joining the ALSF team, please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest and why you would be the right fit for this position to [email protected]. In the interest of expediting our process, only candidates who submit cover letters with resumes will be considered.
For more information about careers with ALSF, visit www.alexslemonade.org/about/alsf-careers.