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The Job/Summary Position Description
This is an exciting opportunity for a strong writer and researcher who is looking to expand their development skills in a youth development nonprofit. The Grant Writer will work closely with the FundDevelopment Manager and alongside the Director of Strategic Growth, taking the lead on proposal writing/researching for the organization while helping to build an overall institutional fundraising strategy. This position seeks to help the organization secure funding and financial support for the organization as a whole.
Grant Writing Intern
- Develops and implements comprehensive institutional fundraising strategies in close partnership with program staff that establish short- and long-term goals, prospecting priorities, and systems for cultivation and stewardship.
- Ensures institutional fundraising goals are in alignment with organizational goals.
- Serves as a lead writer/researcher for major foundation, state, international, regional and government grant proposals. Submitting LOI’s on behalf of the organization. Meets with department heads to develop proposal strategies and to gather relevant information.
- Prepares, packages, and submits all grant proposals and reports to CEO/ED. Acquires and organizes all supporting materials and attachments; works with the finance team to secure budgets and financial attachments. Manages grants calendar to ensure timely submission.
- Oversees grants management database; tracks pipeline, proposal, and report deadlines. Manages proposal drafting process.
- Maintains complete library of standard proposal language, applications, and attachments.
- Reviews and updates proposal data regularly to ensure it demonstrates clear needs and impact.
- Develops tools, resources, and systems that support program staff through the proposal lifecycle. Create management database, tracker, and systems for organizing targeted grants, identified grants on a state, regional, international and government level.
- Maintain accurate and timely records of research activities, funding logs and reporting deadlines, grant funding resource materials and publications.
- Establish timelines to complete the collection of relevant data/information for proposal content, internal routing and approvals, and submission to funding sources.
Institutional Cultivation & Stewardship
- Develops/maintains strong relationships with grants staff at foundations and in government offices to provide updates on deliverables and identify new funding opportunities.
- Assists program teams with reporting on grant-related metrics and impact to funders.
- Works with the development team to creatively connect institutional funders with our mission and programs.
- Conducts prospect research on individuals, foundations, and corporations.
- Keeps current with announcements of funding opportunities for both new and existing funders.
- Tracks and disseminates news and information about top institutional prospects.
- Report back any prospects that are not aligned.
- 2 – 4 years of grant writing and researching with at least two years in a grant writing role.
- Exceptional writing skills.
- Ability to synthesize program design, needs, and impact into clear, persuasive narrative.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; initiates and enjoys communication with funders as well as internal staff and leadership.
- Working knowledge of general grants management practices in a nonprofit environment.
- Strong research skills; ability to navigate online directories and databases with ease.
- Ability to research potential sources of foundation and grant support from local and national funding sources
- Meticulous attention to detail.
- Positive, solutions-oriented approach to problem-solving.
- Effective project and people management skills – ability to work independently and across multiple program teams.
- Demonstrated time management skills, including the ability to work on multiple projects and prioritize deadlines.
- Proficiency with standard office technology/software and web applications.
- General understanding of racial and social injustice issues, inequities that hinders BIPOC communities, and systems of oppression
Preferred but not required:
- Experience with fundraising
U.S.- can be remote
Hours based on schedule.
Benefits: Company Describes Its Culture as:
- Youth and Youth Development as our “Why”
- Learning environment.
- People-oriented — supportive.
- Team-oriented — cooperative and collaborative.
- Flexible work environment.
- Detail-oriented — quality and precision-focused.
We know there are great candidates who may not think they fit into what we’ve described above or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself! Give yourself a chance, regardless of the outcome.
To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position, a writing sample of why you believe in A Leadership Journey; firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have the subject line of the email read “[Your Last Name], [Your First Name] Application for Grant Writer/Researcher Position.”
The application deadline is 10/30/2020 – Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The anticipated start date for the position is Two to Three weeks after acceptance.
Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted within the month with next steps.
Equal Opportunity Employment
A Leadership Journey isn’t just an equal opportunity employer, we’re actively seeking to build a diverse and inclusive team with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to support the mission. A Leadership Journey provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, criminal history, or disability. We work closely with communities of BIPOC youth from marginalized identities. Those with lived experience in these communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
About A Leadership Journey
A Leadership Journey works to provide equitable access to educational and cultural experiences, and holistic health and wellness activities that will inspire youth to prioritize their health, see themselves as global citizens, and to actively participate in civic responsibilities. Through our pillars and values, youth participants understand the importance of working to transform inequality, and unjust systems. With a global perspective, they understand that their voice and their actions can have a larger social impact.
Please see our website at https://aleadershipjourney.org for more information.