SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The position of Grant Writer is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive grant solicitation and grant management initiative with expertise in authoring and revising grant proposals and concept papers, online applications and other grant-seeking documents as well as develop proposal budgets to foundations, corporations, and government agencies that align with Converse’s priorities. This position reports to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and will work closely with the Vice President of Operations, the Director of Donor Relations, and Converse’s faculty.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Proactively research private foundations, charitable corporations, and government agencies to identify funding sources that align with Converse’s priorities.
- Write proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue, restricted projects, and submit timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects.
- Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation, corporate, and government sources, in collaboration with other offices for final approvals.
- Work and consult with faculty/ staff/ subject matter experts to gather necessary information.
- Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
- Provide stewardship and regular written updates to current donors in conjunction with the efforts of the Donor Relations Director.
- Provide training workshops, reference guides and other tools for potential grant writers on grant writing skills and strategies.
- Develop regular reporting on grants activities including grants submitted and funded.
- Understand institutional history and programs.
- Other related duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of experience in development/fundraising role
- Must demonstrate experience in obtaining grants
- Must be able to thrive in the fast-paced environment of the grant-writing world while maintaining a full pipeline of prospects, potential prospects, and proposals at various stages of development.
- Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals with strong editing skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
- Knowledge of fundraising information sources, fundraising techniques and strategies
- Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research
- Experience in higher education preferred
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
- Self-motivated and demonstrates initiative, patience, and resourcefulness in adapting to sudden changes
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.
We believe that a diverse faculty and staff are essential to achieving academic excellence; thus, we strongly encourage applications from candidates from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.