Cynthia Lowe

  • Atlanta US-GA
Cynthia Lowe

Skills

Skills

Project Management

As part of  grants development and administration it is key that one has project management training and skills. Working on two major federal projects of $2M plus requires a strong team of project leaders. My role has primarily been on the front end of that process and it is rewarding and challenging to see deadlines happen and projects startup. 

Institutional Advancement

Previously worked exclusively in fundraising for nonprofit organizations where I managed a variety of fundraising campaigns.

Stategic Planning

Have worked on three strategic development planning teams for three different organizations. Two plans included significant capital projects with specific and hard deadlines expected by the Board of Directors. My role was to manage fundraising timelines and financial expectations. In addition, I have worked on regular five-year plans for operational efficiencies and expected programmatic outcomes.

Proposal Development

Development of grant proposals for a variety of subject matter including higher education, the arts, children's health care and public health. Advanced knowledge of grants budget development and post award close-outs.

Interests

My current professional interests are in developing strong program evaluation skills. Thus far, I have developed two evaluation plans but have not conducted a full program evaluation for an organization. I would like to take additional classes in program evaluation practice and analysis in order to advance my aptitude in this area.

My career direction is in a state of flux at the moment. Although I have a strong desire to work directly in the public health field, I am finding it difficult to get my foot in the door. At 45, I have decided to stay in higher education and grants administration with the intention of getting my CRA certification in the next 12 months. Once I obtain that and work as a Director for a couple of years I hope to transition to a research university in the Atlanta area.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2013 - Present

Director of Grants and Sponosored Programs

Georgia Perimeter College

Serve as Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs for the third largest University of Georgia college system. My role is manage all aspects of pre and post-award grants activity for four campuses. I also manage two staff members who work both administratively and as post-award support.

Internally, I work closely with Dean's, faculty and student services-related staff to develop strong proposals for external support. I also work with the college Foundation to develop proposal content, outcomes development and reporting for funding from private and corporate foundations.

Externally, I assist the college in developing partnerships with other USG institutions, public schools and nonprofits. Collaborative work is high on the agenda for the College and my role in external relations is key to developing long-term community links and strong, impactful programs.

Finally, I manage office operations, budgets, and strategic planning efforts for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs.

Sep 2011 - Apr 2013

Grants Development Specialist

Chattanooga State Community College

Managed all grant projects for the college primarily in pre-award activities such as, program development and design, budget development, and planning for federal and non-federal projects. In addition, this position was heavily focused on project management, strategic planning, and training on program development and resource development across multiple disciplines. Several projects are large scale, requiring not only good program design, but also community building among diverse stakeholder groups.

  • Developed a grants office, including new processes and policies for pursuit of grants, grant review, and services provided by the office
  • Increased grant submittals by 50% in first six months; grant income by 40% in 18 months
  • Led rewrite of IRB procedures for the college, providing campus wide training for faculty and staff in new procedures of IRB protocol
  • Submitted three multi-million dollar federal grant projects for the U.S. Department of Labor and National Science Foundation for Allied Health and Engineering Technology programs, including working with external evaluators to design evaluation plans for federal projects
  • Participated in the design and distribution of surveys for internal and external stakeholders
  • Provided technical assistance to primary investigators and project managers for federal grants management
  • Received approval of $3.5 million in federal grants as part of local and state wide consortium efforts in both Allied Health and Engineering Technology
  • Worked with faculty to develop strong proposals with focused goals and objectives
Mar 2007 - Apr 2011

Grants and Foundation Relations Manager

Siskin Children's Institute

Collaborated with three centers on local, regional and nationally focused programming for children with disabilities, their families and professionals through program planning, grant writing, grants management and organization-wide strategic planning. Directly involved in proposal development including foundation relations, program design, budget development and evaluation measures for outcomes reporting for grant contracts. Oversight for $700K departmental budget for annual fund and grant revenues/expenses. Delegated tasks to support staff, and coordinated volunteers. Worked with organized teams on high-level collaborative projects to broaden organizational reach and improve services to children with special needs.

  • Developed formalized grant proposal and reporting processes that were absent from organizational procedures prior to 2007; and implemented procedures for internal grant requests processes.
  • Increased grant proposal output from 6 grants per year to 29, increasing grant revenues from $150K to $400K in 2 years
  • Designed grant research and proposal development timelines, communication procedures and reporting criteria to modernize proposal development and increase success rate of submitted proposals
  • Developed relationships with foundation staff and key “door openers” to improve grant proposal outcomes and groworganization’s donor base
  • Provided technical assistance to PhD level researchers of early childhood development and special education with grants.gov RFP announcements, IRB regulations and potential funding opportunities in Department of Education and National Institutes of Health
  • Collaborated with department directors to develop outcomes for program evaluation of sponsored programs and;
  • Advised executive leadership on strategies for successful donor cultivation that resulted in grants and individual gifts for the organization
Mar 2002 - Mar 2007

Campaign Manager

Allied Arts of Chattanooga/Now Arts Build

Managed all aspects of annual fund campaigns, grant proposals for annual requests, vendor relationships and database administration, specifically;

·Worked directly with V.P. of Development and President on all aspects of annual campaign planning and annual fund management including donor segmentation, gift analysis reporting and donor prospecting

·Developed foundation and corporate support through grant writing and community relationship building including outreach to community relations contacts at major corporations and foundation program officers

·Assisted Director of Programs with program development and implementation and with grants research to identify potential funding sources

·Administered the donor database, ran all reporting functions for the annual fund campaign, and assessed financialprogress for the annual fund through regular financial reports to the President and V.P. of Development

·Processed all accounts payable related to annual fund revenues

·Managed workplace campaigns and payroll deduction programs for four large corporate partners

Organized and managed community events related to development and fundraising initiatives, specifically;

  • Planned event logistics such as site selection and contract negotiation
  • Organized vendor contracts and managed vendor relationships
  • Managed the event on-site and provided troubleshooting for last minute issues
  • Assisted with design and mailing of marketing materials

Managed post event accounting procedures

Education

Education
Aug 2010 - Present

M.P.H. pending

Emory University

Working toward Master Degree in Public Health, Prevention Science with expected completion December 2013. The program has prepared me to development public health education programs to assist individuals and communities in identifying, assessing and alleviating health risk and issues among specific populations.

In addition, I have developed specialized knowledge and professional experience in program evaluation, grants development for public health programs and economic evaluation capacities.

I plan to use this degree to continue my work in program development, grants administration and program evaluation within higher education, nonprofit and government agency spheres.

Jan 2004 - Dec 2008

M.P.A. 2008

University of Tennessee

Received Master degree in Public Administration-Nonprofit Management in 2008. This degree prepared me to be a leader within public agencies, both nonprofit and governmental. Areas of study include: urban economics, state and local government management, public accounting, organizational behavior, statistics and research methods and public administration practice.

Thesis: Civic Engagement in America: Are we Really Bowling Alone?

A synthesis study on Robert Putnam's theory that American society and civic responsibility are unraveling in the 21st C. due to shifts in generational attitudes and technological advances.

Sep 1996 - Dec 1999

B.S.

University of Tennessee

B.S. in Political Science/Public Administration with a minor in Sociology. Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999.