We are currently searching for an accomplished and skilled Grant Writer with a demonstrated history of successfully obtaining grants from federal, city, state, and major foundation sources to become a valued member of our team at Homewise—a NeighborWorks organization and Community Development Financial Institution. The primary objective of the grant writer is to implement a strategic approach to grant writing that aligns with our overarching mission to promote affordable housing, foster homeownership, and bolster community development. Your pivotal role will involve actively contributing to our mission by identifying, pursuing, and securing grants.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
As a Grant Writer, you will:
- Lead Grant Proposal Development: Identify and research grant opportunities, prepare and organize materials, write and edit proposals, create budgets, and track grant applications to produce funded proposals.
- Grant Reporting: Fulfill ongoing grant reporting requirements as necessary to maintain positive relationships with funders.
- Identify Funding Opportunities: Collaborate with the Grant & Impact Investment Manager to research and identify new funding sources.
- Build and Maintain Relationships: Foster positive relationships and open communication with foundations and other funders.
- Project Management: Serve as the project manager and lead writer for grant proposals, including those that involve cross-departmental or external collaboration.
- Complex Funding Proposals: Manage complex public funding proposals, including federal, state, and local municipalities.
- Data Organization: Organize and coordinate internal and external data for grant writing purposes.
- Documentation: Create and maintain organized and accurate files for grants and grant relationships.
- Database Management: Update and maintain the grant database (Salesforce or STARS) with complete and accurate information.
- Report Generation: Create and disseminate regular reports in CRM software (Salesforce or STARS) to track grant activity and progress toward goals.
- Listening Skills: Actively listen and seek to understand others' viewpoints.
- Communication Skills: Clearly present issues, both orally and in writing.
- Time Management: Exhibit excellent time management skills and the ability to manage multiple deadlines with prompt communication.
- Results-Oriented: Prioritize and align your work with a focus on achieving business goals and objectives.
- Strong Research Skills: Be curious, eager to learn, self-sufficient, and proactive in researching appropriate sources of information.
- Collaboration: Build relationships and rapport throughout the organization by inviting and participating in collaborative team-building efforts.
- Flexibility and Adaptability: Adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions. Cope effectively with complexity and change.
- Multitasking and Prioritizing: Juggle multiple projects and prioritize effectively to stay organized and meet stated deadlines.
- Independence: Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
- High Standards: Expect and deliver nothing short of the best in personal performance.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Experience: A strong educational foundation.
- Grant Writing Success: Demonstrated success in both small and large grant writing.
- Communication Excellence: Demonstrated excellence in verbal and written communication skills.
- Preferred Experience: Familiarity with CDFIs, real estate, affordable housing, homeownership programming, and/or Financial Education and Community Development, as well as experience with large Federal grant applications, is preferred.