Grant Writer

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Center For Family Services is seeking an energetic, deadline oriented individual to support the grant writing efforts of the agency. Under the direction of the grants manager, the grants writer will maintain and increase the organization's funding from a variety of external sources. S/he will research, write and submit public and private funding applications. This position will work closely with the grants manager, the executive team, and the programmatic associate vice presidents and program directors to identify potential funding sources, conceptualize and develop new program initiatives and proposals, and ensure maintenance and renewal of existing funding sources. The candidate should have a proven track record in producing successful grant proposals for public and/or private funding sources, excellent writing and communication skills, and the ability to work in an innovative, collaborative, fast-paced work environment.

Location: Voorhees, NJ

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assists with the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to drive, maintain and increase the organizations funding from a variety of external sources including public funding sources, foundations, and corporate supporters.
  • Follow departmental processes and procedures for job responsibilities as outlined in the department's training manual
  • Identifies, researches, cultivates, solicits, recognizes, and stewards grant funders.
  • Conducts regular research on various public funding opportunities and RFPs, performs prospect research on foundations and corporations to assess and evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Drafts and edits letters of intent, grant proposals, on-line grant submissions, reports, and necessary supporting documents for complex proposals to prospective and current funders.
  • Attend funder bidders and technical assistance meetings as required
  • Thoroughly read and edit, as needed, public and private funding proposals which have been vetted for submission
  • Develops case-by-case strategies based on the giving interests of each prospect.
  • Maintains current records in database and in paper files.
  • Complies with all grant-related deadlines as required by funder for proposals, budgets and other submissions, including reports.
  • Works closely with programmatic supervisory hierarchy to identify potential funding sources, conceptualizes and develops new program initiatives and draft proposals; as well as to develop new programs, measurement tools, and accompanying logic models and other supporting documents as required by potential funders.
  • Assists in the preparation of budgets for grant proposals and budget reports for funders
  • Works closely with programs and Finance department to gather information needed for proposals and reports.
  • Assists with the development of new project ideas.
  • Works with external partners to co-develop project proposals.
  • Assists with other fundraising projects as requested.
  • Participate in proposal reviews and scores feedback as needed when proposals are not funded

Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required;
  • Minimum of  3 years of grant writing experience with a varied programmatic and topical focus;
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Center For Family Services;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the government and/or non-profit sectors;
  • Knowledge and familiarity with grants research;
  • Experience in securing government and/or non-government funding and fee-for-service contracts;
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity in a diverse work environment;
  • High comfort level with multi-tasking and managing multiple deadlines in a fast paced environment;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to conceptualize and describe needs in accessible and compelling ways;
  • Ability to work accurately and with attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet pre-established production goals;
  • Strong personal responsibility; takes ownership for quality work;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player ;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment;
  • Ability to provide/receive constructive feedback;  
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and decision making skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office. Familiarity with Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge a Plus
  • Current driver's license & good driving record of 3 years
  • Vehicle with current insurance and registration

About Employment at Center For Family Services:

Apply and get hired at Center For Family Services, a leader in the non-profit sector and named as a top workplace in the region since 2010. As part of our team, you will be recognized as our most valuable resource. Our staff balance best practices with personalized care. Together our team makes a positive difference in the lives of people in need. If you're interested in a rewarding career, Center For Family Services is a great place to grow as a professional. For more information about our top workplace, please visit Center For Family Services website at www.centerffs.org.

Disclaimer: All positions require pre-employment drug screening and criminal record checks. Many positions require motor vehicle record evaluations and medical clearances. Center For Family Services is an equal opportunity employer offering competitive salaries and excellent benefits packages. For more information, please visit our website at www.centerffs.org.