Grant Writer



Grant Writer
Posted August 11, 2021

The Grant writer provides a critical connection between Solid Ground's mission to end poverty and funders.



Job Summary

The Grantwriter provides a critical connection between the mission of Solid Ground and our funding partners and is responsible for accurately representing our community's needs and how our programs respond to those needs. The Grantwriter will prepare and submit approximately 75 funding proposals annually to private and public sector sources, working to raise approximately $500,000; cultivate ongoing relationships with funders, and write and submit more than 20 progress reports and final reports to funders. The Grantwriter will be supervised by Solid Ground's Grants & Contracts Manager.

The Grantwriter's impeccable execution of the entire grant funding process-from prospecting to closing grants with reports-is critical to maintain and grow Solid Ground services.

Grantwriters at Solid Ground are responsible for acquiring private revenue to help cover all unmet program costs (over $1.7 million annually) as well as to write new public applications and support ongoing public renewal applications (public fundraising amounts vary but range in the multi-millions). The majority of time will be divided between researching programs and external data; working internally with programs, finance, and other departments to write proposals, acknowledgments, and reports; communicating directly with external funders; and documenting actions in the department's dual databases, Raiser's Edge for private funding and the Access Public Grants & Contracts (PGC) Database for public funding.



Essential Responsibilities, Duties & Tasks

25% Build Internal & External Relationships: Grantwriter is responsible for cultivating and stewarding relationships with private funders in their portfolio, as well as building rapport and strong relationships with program and finance staff in their portfolio.

  • Under the direction of the Grants & Contracts Manager, initiate and build relationships with existing, lapsed, and prospected private funders. Prepare materials for, coordinate with program staff for, and participate in site visits with current and potential grantors.
  • Build strong internal relationships to obtain information necessary to write strong proposals. Develop clear, thorough understandings of program operations, understanding the nuances and overlaps between programs, focus populations, and activities.
  • Communicate regularly with program leads, administrative program staff, and the finance team on the status of private funds, award spenddown, reporting requirements, and identified funding needs in program budgets. Collaborate with Grants & Contracts Manager on public funding internal communication needs.
  • Live into team values of reducing the burden of fundraising on program staff by clearly communicating expectations, deadlines, and application needs in a timely manner. Meet program and finance staff where they are!

40% Write Strategically for public and private funding sources: including private funder portfolio of up to 50 foundations, corporations, and organizations: and public funding from a variety of City, County, WA State, and federal agencies.

  • Write strategic, well-informed, and clear letters of inquiry (LOIs) and private & public grant proposals including RFAs/Qs/Ps and more!
  • Produce additional writing needed to create grant acknowledgments, reports, and various funder stewardship communications under the direction of the Grants & Contracts Manager and in conjunction with agency staff.
  • Support collaborative Grants Team writing - in editing proposals that others are lead on including public grants, general operating proposals, and more.
  • Support the Resource Development, Communications & Volunteer Services Joint team with up-do-date program details, strategy, and metrics.

15% Data Entry & Tracking: Maintain data integrity of grant funders, proposals, and gifts in Raiser's Edge database and Access PGC Database by completing data entry on actions in a timely fashion and keeping contact information up-to-date.

  • Personally responsible for tracking due dates, checking guidelines, stewardship engagements, reporting and more for portfolio.
  • Coordinates with RD Operations Coordinator and Finance team on gift forms and associated accounting paperwork requirements.

10% Research Community Needs & Prospect Potential Funders:

  • Research & identify private funding opportunities through community outreach and convenings, Puget Sound Grant writer Association participation, Foundation Directory Online, Form 990s, internal systems, and the internet.
  • Vet & assess foundation priorities, read and interpret Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and develop strategies to solicit grants.
  • Build a repository of external data on relevant topics and social issues affecting our target population; develop library of best practices within the field; draw conclusions from statistics and studies to support program effectiveness.
  • Support public funding advocacy efforts at local levels primarily including Seattle City and King County.

10% Attend Meetings & Trainings and anti-racism capacity building: Participate in frequent department and agency meetings including anti-racism action teams, caucusing, and affinity groups and, as required, relevant trainings covering grant writing and anti-racism growth.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Full Job Description
Shameeka Tipnis

Solid Ground HR Business Partner



Job Attachment

Job Description

Job Title: Grantwriter

Supervisor: Grants & Contracts Manager

Department: Resource Development (RD)

Status: Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation: OPEIU (Associated dues will apply)

FTE: 1.0 Salary Grade: 25

Solid Ground believes poverty is solvable. Our communities are stronger when we support stability

and break down the barriers to overcoming poverty. Solid Ground does both. We combine direct

services with advocacy to meet basic needs, nurture success, and spread change. Through our

programs, people gain stability and build skills that equip them to move forward in their lives.

Through advocacy, we work toward ending racism and other oppressions embedded in our

institutions, policies, and culture that hold people back from succeeding. We bring the voices of

people experiencing poverty into the political process, furthering social justice and supporting our

entire community to reach its potential. As our workforce evolves to reflect the diversity of the

communities we serve, our agency and workplace will be enriched and strengthened and as such we

will:

  • Demonstrate the initiative to learn and enhance skills that promote anti-racism, cultural

    competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact

  • Participate in intentional learning efforts, including events related to understanding and

    dismantling institutional racism and building cultural competency

    Job Summary: The Grantwriter provides a critical connection between the mission of Solid

    Ground and our funding partners and is responsible for accurately representing our

    community's needs and how our programs respond to those needs. The Grantwriter will

    prepare and submit approximately 75 funding proposals annually to private and public sector

    sources, working to raise approximately $500,000; cultivate ongoing relationships with funders,

    and write and submit more than 20 progress reports and final reports to funders. The

    Grantwriter will be supervised by Solid Ground's Grants & Contracts Manager.

    The Grantwriter's impeccable execution of the entire grant funding process-from prospecting to

    closing grants with reports-is critical to maintain and grow Solid Ground services.

    Grantwriter I August 2021

    Grantwriters at Solid Ground are responsible for acquiring private revenue to help cover all unmet

    program costs (over $1.7 million annually) as well as to write new public applications and support

    ongoing public renewal applications (public fundraising amounts vary but range in the multi-

    millions). The majority of time will be divided between researching programs and external data;

    working internally with programs, finance, and other departments to write proposals,

    acknowledgments, and reports; communicating directly with external funders; and documenting

    actions in the department's dual databases, Raiser's Edge for private funding and the Access Public

    Grants & Contracts (PGC) Database for public funding.

    Essential Responsibilities, Duties & Tasks:

    25% Build Internal & External Relationships - Grantwriter is responsible for cultivating and

    stewarding relationships with private funders in their portfolio, as well as building rapport

    and strong relationships with program and finance staff in their portfolio.

  • Under the direction of the Grants & Contracts Manager, initiate and build

    relationships with existing, lapsed, and prospected private funders. Prepare

    materials for, coordinate with program staff for, and participate in site visits with

    current and potential grantors.

  • Build strong internal relationships to obtain information necessary to write strong

    proposals. Develop clear, thorough understandings of program operations,

    understanding the nuances and overlaps between programs, focus populations, and

    activities.

  • Communicate regularly with program leads, administrative program staff, and the

    finance team on the status of private funds, award spenddown, reporting

    requirements, and identified funding needs in program budgets. Collaborate with

    Grants & Contracts Manager on public funding internal communication needs.

  • Live into team values of reducing the burden of fundraising on program staff by

    clearly communicating expectations, deadlines, and application needs in a timely

    manner. Meet program and finance staff where they are!

    40% Write Strategically for public and private funding sources - including private funder

    portfolio of up to 50 foundations, corporations, and organizations; and public funding from

    a variety of City, County, WA State, and federal agencies.

  • Write strategic, well-informed, and clear letters of inquiry (LOIs) and private &

    public grant proposals including RFAs/Qs/Ps and more!

  • Produce additional writing needed to create grant acknowledgments, reports, and

    various funder stewardship communications under the direction of the Grants &

    Contracts Manager and in conjunction with agency staff.

    Grantwriter I August 2021

  • Support collaborative Grants Team writing - in editing proposals that others are

    lead on including public grants, general operating proposals, and more.

  • Support the Resource Development, Communications & Volunteer Services Joint

    team with up-do-date program details, strategy, and metrics.

    15% Data Entry & Tracking - Maintain data integrity of grant funders, proposals, and gifts in

    Raiser's Edge database and Access PGC Database by completing data entry on actions in a

    timely fashion and keeping contact information up to date.

  • Personally responsible for tracking due dates, checking guidelines, stewardship

    engagements, reporting and more for portfolio.

  • Coordinates with RD Operations Coordinator and Finance team on gift forms and

    associated accounting paperwork requirements.

    10% Research Community Needs & Prospect Potential Funders:

  • Research & identify private funding opportunities through community outreach and

    convenings, Puget Sound Grantwriter Association participation, Foundation Directory

    Online, Form 990s, internal systems, and the internet.

  • Vet & assess foundation priorities, read and interpret Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and

    develop strategies to solicit grants.

  • Build a repository of external data on relevant topics and social issues affecting our target

    population; develop library of best practices within the field; draw conclusions from

    statistics and studies to support program effectiveness.

  • Support public funding advocacy efforts at local levels primarily including Seattle City and

    King County.

    10% Attend meetings, trainings, and anti-racism capacity building - Participate in frequent

    department and agency meetings including anti-racism action teams, caucusing, and

    affinity groups and, as required, relevant trainings covering grant writing and anti-racism

    growth.

    The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be

    performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the

    work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

    Education & Experience:

    Requires one of the following:

    a) Three years of experience in non-profit human services work, including one year of

    Grantwriter I August 2021

    experience writing successful funding proposals for private and/or public funding.

    b) Bachelor's degree in human services or a writing-related field of study, and at least one

    year of experience writing successful funding proposals for private and/or public funding.

    c) Any combination of other measurable writing experience, non-profit work and/or

    education, which demonstrates the capacity to perform the duties of this position.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent clear, compelling and persuasive writing skills.

  • Ability to work both independently, and as part of a team coordinating efforts with

    diverse program and development staff.

  • Attention to detail and commitment to organization & record keeping.

  • Proactive, curious, and self-motivated nature.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work in a fast-paced, responsive environment.

  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

  • Commitment to the mission of Solid Ground.

  • Passion for anti-oppression and social justice work.

    Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Funder Grant Submission systems and Raiser's Edge & Access databases.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft 365 SharePoint and Teams.

    Physical Demands/Working Conditions: This position is in an office setting with the ability to

    telecommute on an as-needed basis approved by the Grants & Contracts Manager. At least 60% of the

    time is spent on the computer, 25% of the time is spent in meetings and 15% of the time is spent on

    the phone, filing, making copies, preparing mailings and on other miscellaneous tasks. The position

    requires the employee to lift up to 20 pounds (rarely) and 5 to 10 pounds (occasionally), and push/pull

    from 2 to 5 pounds (occasionally).

    Solid Ground is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. We do not

    discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race and color, religion, marital status, national origin,

    disability or veteran status.

  • Company
    Solid Ground
    Posted
    08/28/2021
    Location
    Seattle, WA 98101, US