Connecticut Public has an immediate opening for a dynamic, research-focused, and passionate Grant Writer with a keen interest in finding affinity organizations who align with our public media vision and mission. We’re looking for someone with a creative mindset and excellent writing and communication skills who is solely focused on supporting the Development, Content, and Administrative Teams in order to construct proposals and reports that reflect organization priorities.
The Grant Writer is responsible for researching, preparing, and submitting public and private funding requests, responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), seeking grant opportunities, writing persuasive and successful proposals, managing all facets of the internal grant application process, monitoring funding report requirements, and maintaining fundraising records for a $21M organization.
Essential Job Functions
Our Grant Writer provides a wide range of services in collaboration with departments across the organization. Applicants must have the ability to complete the following essential job functions:
- Understand CT Public programs and properties in order to reflect the complexity of projects and programs for which funding will be sought.
- Seek grants that align with the CT Public’s strategic and content priorities that fulfill our mission, vision, and aspirations.
Increase existing capacity by researching, creating, and monitoring systems to evaluate funding opportunities from corporations, foundations, and various local, state and federal governmental entities.
- Compile, write, and edit grant materials in accordance with the grant guidelines, and format/design set by the applicable funding agency.
- Develop comprehensive funding proposals and project budgets.
- Ensure grant deliverables and budgets are achieved.
- Maintain regular contact and reporting with foundations, and grant makers.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Our Grant Writer has many responsibilities. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct a full range of activities required to craft proposals to grantors and funders:
- Maintain organizational proposal calendar adhering to submission deadlines.
Develop proposals, reports, and program budgets that reflect organizational needs.
- Develop firm understanding of public media landscape and opportunities as well as regional, statewide, and national funding arena.
- Generate and submit grant requests, letters of intent (LOIs), required funder reports, and proposals on, or before, funder deadline
- Develop and synthesize narrative for proposals through outside research, strong content knowledge, and review of past proposals and reports.
- Keep relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities.
- Maintain confidential information in a sensitive and appropriate manner.
- Track deadlines, letters of intent (LOI) and year-to-date submission of grant applications (tracking and reporting), proposals, reports; and grant approval and feedback.
- Develop and maintain a master listing/calendar of all pertinent federal, state and local public sector grant opportunities.
- Develop methods for ensuring compliance with grant requirements and evaluation of program outcomes and required report submissions, including the completion and submittal of all required reports in a timely fashion.
- Work with Institutional Advancement staff to:
- Identify prospects and perform prospect research on relevant grantors.
- Ensure grantor records and prospect profiles are up to date.
- Maintain clear and accurate written and electronic records of proposals and reports, including grantor foundation activity tracking in shared drives and databases.
- Work with the Digital Services Bureau (DSB) and others to gather and utilize data, tracking, and metrics that support content and funding proposals.
- Work with the Marketing department to support communication strategies with funders based on organizational priorities and interests.
- Adhere to and remain knowledgeable of Institutional Advancement revenue goals and organizational finance practices.
Additional duties may be required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Developing nonprofit funding proposals with demonstrated success raising money from foundations, corporations, individuals and federal sources.
- Project management.
- Leading large complex projects, working in a fast-paced environment and handling multiple and changing priorities simultaneously.
- Navigating complex organizations and making the right connections to drive work forward, while anticipating potential shifts in work.
- Federal grant guidelines and particular areas involved in identifying and applying for grants preferred.
- Public media and/or journalism fields a plus.
- Excellent writing skills
- Meticulous attention-to-detail, scheduling, and strong organizational skills.
- Microsoft Office applications and workplace technology, to include Internet research abilities and the ability to develop spreadsheets (e.g. Excel, SmartSheets), graph data, and format professional reports.
- Operating with unquestionable integrity, collaborating with internal staff and external community partners; respecting everyone, and embracing change.
- Thinking critically in the development, writing, and analysis of professional reports, data analysis, and grant applications.
Expressing ideas clearly, effectively and persuasively in a written format.
- Self-motivation and discipline to set and achieve work goals.
- Generating commitments from individual, government and foundation sources.
- Working with donor databases/database management/fund raising software including SalesForce/NGOC, Blackbaud, Raiser's Edge, Sphere and/or NetCommunity, wealth-screening tools, or other similar product.
- Relationship management skills for effective internal relations and external interactions with grantors and prospects.
- Communications skills, both oral and written to interface effectively with various networks, board members, departments and levels of management.
- Microsoft Office Suite and donor cultivation resources.
- Lead multiple projects concurrently while paying close attention to detail.
- Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in diverse situations;
- Creative, unflappable under pressure, and has a “whatever it takes” attitude.
- Define problems, collect data, and establish facts in order to draw valid conclusions as a change agent; and
- The ideal applicants must have demonstrated effectiveness in a collaborative, highly team-oriented environment, yet possess initiative, self-motivation and work with minimal supervision and demonstrating at all times respect for diverse constituencies.
Job functions are typically performed under conditions such as those found in general office or administrative work. This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions, although we are currently fully COVID remote until public health officials deem it safe and healthy to return to the office. Duties are routinely performed Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.; however, some evening and weekend event support is required.
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.
While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for prolonged periods, stand, and talk, lift objects of less than twenty (20) pounds, and hear. Manipulative skills, which require hand-eye coordination, such as reading or typing, writing, and filing are also required. Additionally, the employee must have the ability to concentrate for extended periods with frequent interruption and understand and relate to the concepts behind specific ideas. These physical demands, with or without reasonable accommodations, are required to perform the essential functions of this job.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time salary exempt position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Early morning, nights, weekends, and holiday hours might be necessary.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing or related field AND five (5) or more years experience in grant writing, research and administration AND/OR an equivalent level of education, training, and experience.
A redacted grant writing sample, reflecting a body of work where the applicant is the primary author, is required as part of the comprehensive application package.
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