Grant Writing Specialist
West Valley City, UT Parks and Recreation
Job Type
Full-time
Description

West Valley Arts is looking to hire a full-time Grant Specialist to write organized and compelling government, public foundation, and private foundation grant proposals. Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing and computer skills and will apply their knowledge of fundraising methods and plans to reach fundraising goals. The candidate must be highly organized with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes, able to effectively work under time constraints, use independent judgment and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints. They will collaborate with team members in the organization to assist with other fundraising projects and events and develop relationships with key stakeholders. Previous experience will demonstrate a proven track record in securing new funding opportunities, comprehensive knowledge of research, the ability to distinguish and identify funding opportunities for special programs, and the ability to think outside the box in matching grant opportunities to the organizations’ needs. This candidate will be committed to the mission of West Valley Arts.  


Summary

The Grant Specialist will write organized and compelling government, public foundation, and private foundation grant proposals. Collaborate with team members in the organization to create fundraising plans, assist with other fundraising projects and events, and develop relationships with key stakeholders. 


Starting Pay: $23.63 - $25.82

Benefits: Full Benefits; health, dental, and life insurance, paid time off and paid holidays, vision reimbursement plan

Retirement: Utah Retirement Systems, pension and/or 401(k)

Job Posting Close Date: Open until filled


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Generate revenue for programs, capital improvements, operational services, etc. through timely submission of well-researched, well written and well-documented grant/fund-raising proposals.
  • Identify grant funding opportunities division-wide to match division priorities, using research tools.
  • Writes reports to government, corporations, foundations, and other funders.
  • Maintains and implements funding calendar activities, including cultivation activities.
  • Assist in the development and execution of Division of Arts and Culture and West Valley Arts Foundation’s branding and fundraising strategy to the public and assist in the staffing of booths and/or tables at conferences and conventions as needed.
  • Engage with program officers at organizations to solicit invitations to submit proposals. 
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with key stakeholders.
  • Furnishing prospective funders with supporting documents.
  • Display adherence to the mission of West Valley Arts.
  • Collaborate with the Division Manager, Development Manager, and Program Managers to send funders newsletters, build relationships with funding organizations, and to promote on-site tours and meetings with key staff as necessary.
  • Collaborate with the Development Manager to compile annual reports.
  • Maintain fundraising, donation, grant writing, and other foundation documents in hard copy and on computer databases.
  • Assist team where needed during fundraising events, program events & performances, or city sponsored events. 
  • Act as liaison with program staff as needed.
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of the division’s history and programs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with West Valley Arts Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and ad hoc committee members.
  • Oversee all government, public foundations, and private foundations grants through their full lifecycle.
  • Other duties as assigned.
     
Requirements
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Proficient with measuring and reaching income goals.
  • Commitment to working effectively in a team environment.
  • Strong people skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proficient with MS Office, SharePoint.
  • Knowledge of Instrumentl and AudienceView Professional software a plus.

Education and/or Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in creative writing, political science, English, or a related field.
  • 2+ years grant writing experience.

Language Skills

  • Requires an excellent command of the English language with regard to reading, writing, and communicating.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and required to possess and maintain a good driving record.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. 
  • The employee is required to stand, walk, sit and perform duties involving repetition. 
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Will be required to work inside and outside in various weather conditions.