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DOMINICAN CENTER POSITION DESCRIPTION TITLE: Grant Writer SUPERVISOR: Executive Director FLSA STATUS: Part- Time (Hourly) Limited Term Employee REVISION DATE: 12/12/2021
ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: The Dominican Center is located in the Amani Neighborhood, which is in the 53206 zip-code. The neighborhood boundaries are from North Avenue to Keefe Avenue and from 20th Street to 30th Street. Dominican Center’s mission is to work with Amani residents and partners to build a better future. Dominican Center serves as the anchor organization for the Amani neighborhood, connecting residents with stakeholders. As the anchor organization, our work supports the residents’ priorities: Neighborhood Safety, Housing & Economic Development, and Education & Family Well-being. Dominican Center was established and operates on the belief that residents are the experts in the community and through their leadership, Amani can and will be revitalized. PRIMARY FUNCTION: Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Grant Writer is responsible for managing the grant proposal process from start to finish, including researching and identifying funding opportunities, writing grant proposals and drafting final reports. Additionally, this position will work closely with the Executive Director to support other fundraising and communication strategies, including, but not limited to the annual appeal, major gift solicitation, planned giving, special event planning and donor stewardship and the like. The Grant Writer will serve as the primary expert for the grant writing process. Responsibilities will include writing proposals and reports and ensuring grant compliance. The Grant Writer will be knowledgeable of a variety of funding opportunities across multiple sectors, such as federal, state and local governments as well as private and corporate philanthropic sources. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as brand spokesperson and key ambassador of Dominican Center and its mission to donors and funders.
Initiate ongoing communication with staff and resident leaders to understand and analyze funding needs, gaps and opportunities.
Lead the process for developing and submitting proposals by preparing and organizing materials for proposals and submitting/monitoring grant applications.
Develop well-researched, tailored and persuasive proposals, letters of inquiry, letters of support, reports, acknowledgement letters and other grant related deliverables, including grant budgets and presentations.
Assist in developing systems and processes to support fundraising, such as developing a case statement.
Work with the Executive Director to develop strategic relationships with philanthropic and government entities.
Manage the organization’s CRM (customer relationship management) system to ensure accurate and updated information on all donors to the organization.
Work with administrative staff to ensure donors and funders are acknowledged through handwritten thank you notes, Dominican Center website postings, newsletters, social media, etc.
Research and help cultivate new relationships, funding opportunities, and partnerships.
Maintain and manage grants calendar and maintain master files on potential funders, current funders and grant opportunities. Manage grant application and report files as well as contract files.
Manage documentation of data related to development activities including donor history, grants, event results, and campaigns.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Excellent communication skills, including an ability to tell a concise, compelling story.
Considerable knowledge of grant writing techniques and sources of funding for non-profit organizations.
Proven track record of measuring and achieving revenue targets.
Ability to conceptualize information quickly, think critically and solve problems.
Must be able to work well under pressure and have the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate it in a succinct form.
Strong analytical skills, and excellent research and organizing skills.
Ability to multitask and balance competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
Strong understanding of budget development, management, and articulation.
Capability to handle confidential information and records with discretion.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
Positive self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit. Ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.
Strong understanding of data analytics, including tracking and evaluation.
A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, Marketing, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field of study.
A minimum of 3-5 years of professional grant writing experience.
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
Ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.
Must be able to think clearly and concisely.
Must be able to function in a loud environment with high energy interacting with multiple aged members.
Must be able to work in a variety of environments.
DISCLAIMER: The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive description of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.