Grant Writer -DCR
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 8/17/2019

Job Description

Summary:   The Grant Writer is a key member of a cross-functional development and communications team, contributing to the strength of Heartland Alliance’s brand, visibility, and financial success The Grant Writer researches private funding opportunities; writes and submits grants and manages reporting on and fulfillment of grant requirements in collaboration with staff members across the agency; and contributes to the maintenance of the agency’s grant calendar, including submission, renewal and reporting dates and deliverables.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and submits proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, and other grant related materials, under the supervision of the Manager and Director.
  • Researches potential funding opportunities to meet identified funding needs; recommends prospects and solicitation strategies to Manager.
  • Assists in the maintenance of the Raiser’s Edge database, tracking and updating funding prospects, submission/renewal and reports deadlines, grant documentation, and deliverables and accountabilities.
  • Collaborates with staff members across the agency in the development of accurate, timely, and compelling submissions to current and prospective funders, including finance, employee services, information systems, and data management and program teams.
  • Assures compliance with all funder specific guidelines and requirements.
  • Assists with donor recognition and engagement efforts, as needed.
  • Assists with other department initiatives, including special events which may take place in the evenings and on weekends, to advance the organization's philanthropic objectives.
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of the organization’s services, goals, mission and strategic direction.
  • Actively participates in team meetings, planning and projects.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 1 - 3 years of experience in grant writing required.
  • Previous experience fundraising for nonprofit healthcare, housing, workforce development, violence prevention, and/or other poverty and human rights-related areas.
  • Proven track record of raising money from foundation sources.

  • Additional Experience/Competency Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships, take initiative, and manage multiple relationships and deadlines efficiently and effectively
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies
  • Effective communication skills both oral and written
  • Excellent skills with Microsoft Office programs, MS Office- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Experience or working knowledge of Blackbaud Raisers Edge database.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring.
  • Experience in program development.
  • Knowledge of contracts and agreements preferred.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position requires the ability to perform precise or skilled physical activities (e.g. Typing or operating a computer).
  • This position requires the ability to generate audible communication (e.g. conversing on a telephone or participating in a meeting) in a manner that should be readily recognized and understood by the audience.
  • This position requires the ability to successfully engage in non-technical work activities (e.g. read, file documents)
  • This position requires the ability to successfully identify and understand audible communications.
  • This position requires regular, full-time attendance and the ability to work flexible hours and days of the week, as well as overtime, if necessary.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

    Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987

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