Job Title: Grant Writer
Location: Remote to start, may remain remote once JVS offices re-open
The Grant Writer is responsible for writing, proofreading, editing, and submitting impactful proposals, as well as letters of inquiry, grant reports, and acknowledgement letters. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations, the Grant Writer will work as part of a team within the Development Department who are responsible for increasing, diversifying, and sustaining philanthropic support from foundations, corporations, and government sources. The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer, strong communicator, and highly organized.
Planning, Writing, and Reporting:
- Work with the Senior Manager to review proposal and report components from key staff (i.e. budgets, attachments, supporting information).
- Develop well-researched, tailored, and high-impact proposals, letters of inquiry, reports, acknowledgment letters, and other grant-related deliverables through authentic, effective, and compelling communication in a voice that reflects JVS’s mission, programs, and goals.
- Research studies, reports, and relevant statistical data to strengthen agency proposals.
- Conduct prospect research (corporations, foundations, and government funding sources) to identify prospective funding sources, as needed.
- Ensure effective administration of grant-related documents and funder records; including helping to maintain and update the grants database and ensuring that thoughtful acknowledgement letters are sent promptly.
- Work with the Senior Manager on stewardship communications to funders as needed.
- Support the Senior Manager and VP of Advancement on funding-related projects as needed.
- Meet regularly with the Senior Manager to discuss upcoming deadlines, programmatic updates, grant strategy, and Development goals.
- Maintain a library of common proposal attachments and develop/maintain tools to answer commonly asked proposal questions.
- Contribute to special events and projects as part of the Development team.
- Participate in Development staff meetings.
- Take initiative to streamline team processes and look for ways to make our work more efficient.
- Seek out opportunities to gain insight into funding trends and new funder initiatives.
- Perform other duties as assigned or requested.
- At least 2 years of professional experience in grant writing, Development, or related field in the non-profit or public sector
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Strong writing skills, including editing and proofreading skills
- High level of accuracy and attention to detail
- Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight time constraints and/or competing demands/deadlines
- High degree of organizational and time management skills
- Ability to manage multiple tasks accurately and adhere to deadlines
- Ability to work independently and in a team setting
- Ability to work collaboratively across departments
- Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Teams, SharePoint)
- Database experience a plus
- Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information
- Knowledge of the local, regional, and national philanthropic communities a plus
- Experience in grant writing, strongly preferred but not required.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field (English, Journalism, Communications, Nonprofit Management, etc.) or equivalent relevant professional experience.