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Summary

Highly skilled writer and grant professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to build rapport with people of various cultures and personalities. Has worked with individual as well as community-based and public sector organizations in areas such as: adult education, adult fiction and non-fiction, animal rights, arts and culture, children's literature, criminal justice, disaster recovery, education, emergency management, health and human services, international trade, law enforcement, and manufacturing. In-depth knowledge of federal, state, and foundation agencies’ grant proposal requirements. An organized and creative problem solver able to research, plan and implement innovative ideas to maximize the potential for an organization’s success.  

Work History

Jun 2006Present

Director of Grants Development & Management

El Camino Community College District

Director of Grants Development & Management, Community Advancement, 2011 – present

Since 2011, and the retirement of the district-wide Director of Grants Development, additionally responsible for pre-award and post-award support for all grant applications submitted through the college district.

Director of Grants Development, Economic & Workforce Development, 2006 – 2015

Facilitate the acquisition of grant funding to support all Economic and Workforce Development programs and related activities.

http://www.elcamino.edu/administration/grants

Jun 2000Present

Writer, Grants Professional, Consultant

RBServices

Provide grant writing, consultation, resource development and project management to non-profit, community-based and public sector organizations and individuals; as well as general writing and editing services in the areas of: adult education, adult fiction and non-fiction, animal rescue/rights, arts and culture, children's literature, criminal justice, disaster recovery, education, emergency management, health and human services, international trade, law enforcement, and manufacturing.

Web address: www.weworkwithwords.com

20042004

Research Development Specialist

Communities In Schools-Dallas, Dallas, TX

Provide assistance with the implementation of fund development strategies and the annual revenue portion of the operating budget of Communities In Schools Dallas (CIS Dallas). Worked on the founding of CIS Dallas Region (CISDR) Endowment Inc., made possible by a $1 million gift from ALON USA; to operate as a nonprofit organization to secure and manage the principal, and allocate investment income to CISD.

Jun 2000Dec 2002

Director of Grants Development

Navarro College

Develop and manage a Grants Department for the college to support the College’s goals, providing all the associated necessary services for a 5-campus district stretched over a 5-county area.

Mar 1998Jun 2000

Research Development Specialist

Texas A&M University

Provide grant writing support to non-profit and community-based organizations through the state-funded Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Center for Community Support (formerly the Community Grant Support Initiative) located in the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI). PPRI is a leading policy research group engaged in survey administration, statistical analysis, evaluation, and systems management.

Website: http://ppri.tamu.edu/

Skills

Funding Research

Highly skilled funding researcher using Federal, State and Foundation resources and databases

Writing and Editing
Professional technical writer with exceptional grammar, proofreading and spelling skills
Grants Professional

• Awarded over $174.8 million total in grant-funded projects to date

• Taught numerous Professional Development Workshops in Grant Writing since 1998

• Selected and served as grant reviewer for Federal and State grant competitions

PC & Apple Systems/Software

• Technically skilled with PCs, Macs/Apple, scanners, printers and other office machines

• Advanced knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, Acrobat Pro, Quicken, GrantNavigator and the Internet

• Experienced user of Datatel, OU Campus webpage editor, and knowledge of HTML and other web-based programming languages

Project Development & Management / Strategic Planning & Marketing

• Proven leader, organizer and manager

• Implemented grant management database software for campus-wide utilization

• Partnered with other educational, civic, and corporate entities to gain designation for Southern California under the DOC's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative

References

David Gonzales, Deputy Sector Navigator, Advanced Manufacturing, Los Angeles County Region

I have worked with Bobby at the El Camino College Business Training Center since 2006. She has been instrumental in the obtainment of more than $9.6M in grant funds to support our Center for Applied Competitive Technologies’ manufacturing programs. Bobby is a highly dedicated professional and very good at what she does.

Kristi Adams, Technical Advisor at Friends International

Bobby Becka is an excellent writer, task and detail master, and someone who is always willing to take the time to teach others in an understandable and meaningful way. I feel privileged to have learned from and worked for her this past year. She is always willing to offer her much needed support so that others may succeed. Her ability to transform written proposals, college processes, and grant management activities into something better is the exact quality needed in her role as Grants Director. Bobby’s dedication and results oriented nature serve her well, and I am continuously impressed by all that she achieves!

Michelle L. Arthur, Director, Enrollment Services / Student Grievance Officer

I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing, working with, and learning from Bobby Becka for several years. As our Director of Grants for Economic and Workforce Development, she is recognized by her colleagues and competitors as one who is extremely knowledgeable with all aspects of grant writing and foremost, she has a high rate of success and return with respect to obtaining grants for her clients and customers. As a sought after commodity with respect to grant writing, Bobby is, with all due respect, the go to gal, the "money-honey" on all things grant related. I write this recommendation as a colleague and a friend with complete satisfaction, complete confidence that not if but when you hire Bobby Becka, she'll deliver results.

Bronwen Elizabeth Madden, International Trade & Business Development

Bobby is a master of detail. She is an excellent grant writer and is the most meticulous person I have ever met. She works hard and is dependable, makes deadlines and seems to always know of additional funding sources. Her work has helped us be successful and I am thankful she is on our team. I also enjoy (and look forward to) her friendly personality as she makes the office a brighter place.

Alison Oliver Benton, President, Aliquantus Consulting LLC

Bobby assisted the Aliquantus team on 3 major grant writing projects for the US Department of Labor. These were highly complex H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant applications with extremely short timelines. Bobby's hard work, technical knowledge, willingness to put in long hours with documents and clients, as well as her outstanding writing skills enabled us to meet every deadline and obtain substantial funding for worthy projects. She is a joy to work with and we highly recommend her!

Education

Bachelor of Science

Texas A&M University

Associate of Arts

Blinn College

Professional Affiliations

·  Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); Member (2016-present)

·  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Grant Reviewer (2015)

·  Grant Professionals Association; Member (2010-present)

·  Association of Fundraising Professionals; Member (2010-present)

·  South Bay Economic Workforce Partnership; Member (2006-present)

·  Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; Member (2000-present)

·  Council for Resource Development; Member, Evaluator, Moderator (2000-present)

·  IMCP Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP SoCal), Los Angeles Mayor’s Office; Member (2014)

·  California Community Colleges System; Grant Reviewer (2006-present)

·  U.S. Department of Education; Grant Reviewer (2000-present)

·  The Foundation Center; Member (1998-present)

·  National Council for Workforce Education; Member (2007)

·  Council for Opportunity in Education; Member (2000-2003)

·  National Community Education Association; Member (1998-2003)

Professional Development

Educator

·  Seminar, Working With Your Grants Office; El Camino College (2016)

·  Seminar, Collaborative Program Planning: Grant Opportunities & Challenges; El Camino College (2015)

·  Fundamentals of International Trade; Substitute Teacher; UCLA Extension (2014)

·  Grant Writing Workshop for new faculty and staff; El Camino College (2013)

·  Grant Writing Workshops; ECC Community Education and Professional Development (2011)

·  Grant Writing Workshop for new faculty and staff; El Camino College (2011)

·  Grant Writing Workshops; ECC Community Education and Professional Development (2010)

·  Grant Writing Workshop for new faculty and staff; El Camino College (2008)

·  Introduction to Grant Writing; El Camino College Small Business Development Center (2008)

·  Grant Writing 101; El Camino College Small Business Development Center (2008)

Attendee   (Complete list available upon request)

·  Federal Grant Management & Uniform Guidance Training; Thompson Information Services (4-5 April 2016)

·  "Going Places with Spatial Analysis"; ESRI/Udemy (March 4-April 15, 2015)

·  Proposal Writing Boot Camp; The Foundation Center (Jul 23-25, 2014)

·  Multiplier Effect: Advocate & Innovate; Council for Resource Development (Nov 5-9, 2013)

·  Paradigm Shift: Start a Movement; Council for Resource Development (Nov 5-10, 2012)

·  Building Community; Council for Resource Development (Nov 6-12, 2011)

·  Return on Investment; Council for Resource Development (Nov 1-6, 2010)

·  Cast your Vote for Community Colleges; Council for Resource Development (Nov 5-8, 2008)

·  Strategic Planning in a Learning-Centered College; Council for Resource Development (2008)