Somerville’s Grants Development & External Funds Office is responsible for seeking out and applying for public and private funds in collaboration with City departments to support new and existing programs and projects, and for managing and maximizing the City’s approximately $90 million in pandemic-related and post-pandemic recovery funds. Under direction of the Grants Development & External Funds Director, the Grants Development Deputy Director will oversee and provide technical and writing assistance to City departments looking to secure external funds for projects and programs. The Deputy Director will review and assess potential state, federal, and foundation funding opportunities for viability and the likelihood of award before outreaching to City staff to gauge interest; lead the process of proposal development, including managing the workplan/timeline for proposal development, collaborating with appropriate City departments, writing various components, and assisting with submission; provide City staff with post-award support and guidance; and oversee the department’s educational and training initiatives and archival of the City’s proposal records and results. The Deputy Director will supervise a staff Grant Writer, who will assist with research, outreach, and proposal submission. The Deputy Director will also work with the Grants Development & External Funds Director on long-range planning based on the City’s and the Mayor’s goals.
• Lead proposal planning meetings with City staff to brainstorm and identify logistics around new projects and initiatives, gather information, and identify project partners
• Assess funding opportunities by analyzing funder proposal guidance, such as NOFO’s and RFP’s, to determine proposal needs, the City’s viability as a candidate, and a workplan for meeting submission deadlines; and conduct outreach to City staff for feasible funding opportunities
• Craft compelling content for grant proposal narratives, letters of support, budget narratives, etc., in a variety of subject areas, by quickly absorbing and translating complex or high-level ideas into concise and accurate descriptions that are also persuasive and position the City competitively
• Work with City staff and Grant Writer to identify, create, and/or gather any supplementary proposal components, such as budgets, tax forms, job descriptions (for positions funded by grants), required by the funder
• Outreach to funders as needed to resolve questions about proposals, grant competitions, future opportunities, or for feedback when a grant has been declined
• Conduct research and gather relevant information from city staff and additional key stakeholders from the community as needed; this may include nonprofit or community-based organization members, public school staff, university employees, and local business owners
• Provide internal leadership for the Grants Development subdivision through annual goal-setting and tracking, interdepartmental educational and training initiatives, and oversight of the City’s proposal records and results archive
• Supervise the Grant Writer position, including scheduling, work assignments, training, and performance
• Assist the Grants Development & External Funds Director with other departmental projects or initiatives as designated
Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree and five to seven (5-7) years’ experience in proposal development and/or grant writing work, and proven track record of successful submission history; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:
Knowledge: Knowledge of municipal government; standard goals and objectives of the major departments of function within municipalities and standard office practices, procedures, equipment and techniques; knowledge of adult learning techniques.
Ability: Ability to work with multiple parties diplomatically; ability to work independently and handle tasks without constant supervision; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to think strategically and problem solve; ability to listen well, follow directions and synthesize multiple ideas into a cohesive proposal; ability to collaborate and deal appropriately with City employees, City officials, and funding agencies.
Skill: Excellent organizational, writing and editing skills; data and word processing proficiency in the use of personal computers and office software, databases, internet and spreadsheet applications; demonstrated research, data analysis and collation skillset.
Work Environment The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments.
Salary: $90,202.68 annualized + benefits
To apply: Visit the City of Somerville job page https://cityofsomerville.applytojob.com/apply/NxGfUC5GbR/Deputy-Director