Business Manager - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Our Mission

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Washington, DC; Phoenix; and Beijing, we organize our work around the achievement of six goals: low-carbon, climate-resilient communities and regions; efficient and equitable tax systems; reduced poverty and spatial inequality; fiscally healthy communities and regions; sustainably managed land and water resources; and functional land markets and reduced informality.

Position Overview

The Business Manager position reports to the Executive Director of Center for Geospatial Solutions (CGS). The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an independent, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to help solve global economic, social, and environmental challenges to improve the quality of life through creative approaches to the use, taxation, and stewardship of land.

The Institute’s Center for Geospatial Solutions offers technical solutions to integrate conservation movements worldwide and build technical data management and analysis into other Institute programs to enhance the mission and work in the United States and globally.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is looking for a Business Manager role to join the Center for Geospatial Solutions team. The Business Manager is responsible for coordinating the business development, grant and contract management, and program administration activities of the Center for Geospatial Solutions.  This role ensures that CGS’ commitments to clients and partners are fulfilled, and that our resources are utilized most efficiently and effectively. The Business Manager also provides critical support to the Center’s ongoing growth.

This is a regular, full-time position.

What You'll Do - Business Development

Identify, cultivate, solicit, and track grants and contracts from individuals, corporations, government and foundation prospects to develop their interest and participation in specific CGS initiatives and to provide information concerning the utilization of grants; implement fund raising methodologies such as written proposals, and ongoing solicitations.

Assist in developing and implement policies and procedures related to sponsor acknowledgement, donor recognition, record keeping, communications and other related activities.

Support CGS leadership in the development of a general Negotiated Indirect Cost Agreement (NICRA) with a U.S. federal agency and subsequent federal cooperative agreements. 

What You'll Do - Grants and Contract Management

Support CGS leadership in develop fund-raising and project proposals, prepare budgets and grants; assist in determining fiscal requirements, monitor, verify and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds as appropriate. 

Manage submission of federal grants and contracts through grants.gov , sam.gov and other Federal grant-making and contracting mechanisms as appropriate.

Support CGS leadership in the development contracts and subawards to CGS partners, track contractor deliverables and invoicing, manage contractor compliance with donor requirements.

Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness using qualitative and quantitative techniques; investigate trends, including for risk awareness, and recommend and implement modifications to improve program effectiveness.

Create and maintain risk and issue logs. Monitor schedules, issue logs and risk management plans and provide warnings of serious deviations or variations that may compromise project results.

What You'll Do - Business Processes

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work to be performed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties.

Up to 20% domestic and international travel will be required, including regular visits to the Lincoln Institute’s offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Phoenix, Arizona; and other locations worldwide.

Support CGS leadership in the establishment of CGS administrative procedures and processes, including grants and contracts management, establishment of office space, software subscriptions, and onboarding of new employees. 

Support CGS leadership in the onboarding of new personnel; including new employee orientation to CGS systems.

Implement standard project management processes, tools, and methodology.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

What You’ll Need

Bachelor’s Degree in Management or Business or related field

5-7 years of experience in office management, program administration and/or business development.

Strong analytical, communications and organizational skills. 

An ability to track multiple streams of work to carry out complex activities.

Strong written and oral communications skills, as well as editorial and proofreading skills.

Skills in spreadsheet development, including capacity to proofread and identify spreadsheet errors.

Direct experience in developing proposals and progress and outcome reports for government agencies, individuals and/or charitable foundations.

Experience working in a fast-paced and growing organizational environment is a plus.

Our Values

We support a culture of forthright feedback, initiative, cooperation and teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and accepting responsibility.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), ancestry, citizenship status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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