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Grant Writer

Historic New England
Job Title: Grant Writer
Job Type:
Haverhill or Boston
Job Search Ends:
October 30th, 2020
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Love to write? Results Driven? Organized? Ready for something new and interesting?

Be a key development team member who helps this thriving non-profit raise grant funds to support our mission.  Use your writing and organizational skills to help the development team continue its great success.

Join our dynamic fund raising team! Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation and we are looking for a creative and resourceful person to join our development team as our Grant Writer (Institutional Giving Officer). 

This position writes and administers assigned foundation, government, and corporate grants.  The Institutional Giving Officer authors and/or edits proposals and reports, cultivates and stewards funders, and carries out prospect research.  You will work closely with the Senior Institutional Giving Officer and the organization’s leadership team.  This employee also serves as the point person and advisor for proposals initiated by staff not on the development team.

Responsibilities: Manages and stewards an assigned portfolio of foundations, government agencies, and corporations to cultivate and solicit grants in support of Historic New England priorities, meeting all requirements of the funding entity. Writes compelling well-constructed proposals within the style and brand platform guidelines of the organization. Works closely with all staff teams to research, develop, draft, edit, and submit letters of inquiry, proposals, project budgets, acknowledgments, reports, and other funder communications. Maintains electronic institutional giving data and communications, maintains accurate records in database for reporting, and communicates with internal and external constituents. Serves as the point person and advisor for proposals initiated by staff not on the development team. Provides technical and editing assistance, and ensures this activity is accurately recorded. Identifies, researches, and evaluates new sources of potential funding in line with the organization’s needs and priorities. Provides formatted research reports. Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. Minimum of two years of nonprofit organizational grant writing experience with success securing foundation, government, and/or corporate grants. Excellent writing and editing skills. Excellent analytical, research verbal, interpersonal, and project management skills. Ability to learn appropriate levels of information about a broad range of activities and to synthesize complex ideas into compelling proposals that resonate with funders. Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment. Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks, pay attention to details, and meet tight deadlines. Proficiency in office productivity software and technologies, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and constituent management databases, preferably Tessitura. Valid driver’s license required.  Candidate must reside in New England region.

Other Preferred Qualifications: Understanding of and passion for Historic New England’s mission and program areas. Experience working with national and New England foundations and government agencies that fund preservation, cultural, and educational sectors. Educational, professional, or volunteer experience in fields related to the humanities, museums, or historic preservation. Experience working with Tessitura.

LOCATION: This position may be headquartered at our Boston or Haverhill office,  Remote work is also an option, in combination with handling on-site projects as required. Periodic travel to Historic New England’s offices throughout New England is required. Candidate must reside in New England region.

Applications: Please send resume, cover letter, three writing samples, and salary requirements to jobs@historicnewengland.org.

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Historic New England offers generous and comprehensive vacation, holiday, and health and wellness benefit packages.

133 Federal Street, Suite 802 | Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617.426.2606
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