Grant Writer and Development Specialist

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
March 17, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Develops funding strategies and grant proposals for new and existing academic, programmatic and capital projects at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College as part of the College's Aspire Even Higher Strategic Plan. Works collaboratively with the College administration, faculty and staff to implement grant proposals from inception to submission, works with project leaders and teams to write and submit program reports for funders and tracks due dates for all grants and reports.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs research on foundations, non-profit corporations, and government agencies to evaluate prospective grants; identifies grant opportunities online and through other sources.
  • Collaborates with the College administration, faculty researchers and Advancement Team in identifying fundraising needs and priorities; develops grant-related fundraising goals and strategies; establishes realistic and achievable timelines; remains current with fundraising trends and serves as a resource on successful development activities, techniques, and methods.
  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations, non-profit corporations, and government agencies.
  • Assumes primary responsibility for development and execution of proposals; writes and archives proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach. Negotiates and navigates internal collaborations including working with individuals in the Business Office, the Provost's Office and various academic departments.
  • Coordinates the completion of grant proposals, including, but not limited to, budgeting, adding supportive documentation, and writing portions of a grant as needed.
  • Maintains proposal calendar, including cultivation activities and reports to ensure that all applications and reporting deadlines are met.
  • Monitors and reports regularly on the progress of the grants development.
  • Must have high energy and passion for the SMWC mission.
  • Assists with other fundraising projects and team functions as requested.
  • Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in writing, English, philanthropy, communications, marketing, business administration, or related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 1 year of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in a development function (identifying and evaluating potential funding opportunities and relationships) and grant writing; in higher education highly preferred. Proven track record in securing new funding opportunities.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for grant and prospect research, comprehensive knowledge of research and the ability to distinguish and identify funding opportunities for special programs.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Center.
  • Outstanding written communication skills and editing skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations. Must possess a demonstrated attention to detail to achieve a high degree of accuracy.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel. Skills with Raiser's Edge preferred.
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