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28 Apr 2021

Full-Time Grant Writer

SparkPoint – Posted by SparkPoint Anywhere

Job Description

Spark Point Fundraising is seeking a Grant Writer to support clients with grant writing, reporting, cultivation of new funders, and stewardship of current funders. The ideal candidate is someone who thrives in a fast-paced working environment and who embodies the values of kindness, compassion, and equity. Strong candidates will also have 1-2 years of experience in a full-time grant writing position, but we recognize that strong writers from a variety of backgrounds may have the foundational skills needed to succeed in this role.

Specifically, a Spark Point Grant Writer is someone who: 1) is driven by a desire for excellence, 2) has the confidence and knowledge to ask the right questions and show up strong in client meetings, 3) has a storytelling orientation, 4) is able to synthesize information from disparate sources and conduct independent research when necessary, 5) enjoys managing a high volume of work and keeping track of a lot of information, 6) knows how to manage their time effectively and prioritize, and 7) thrives in a fast paced environment that requires navigating multiple clients and issue areas. And, let’s face it, you’re going to need a sense of humor too.

Job Responsibilities

The role of Grant Writer is responsible for 1) producing well-written, story-focused, compelling grant proposals and reports for nonprofit clients (85%). To us, this includes ensuring that all budgets, attachments, and other documentation are prepared along with the proposal or other narrative document as required by the potential funder (Don’t worry if you don’t know how to do all of this. We’ll teach you); 2) building and maintaining strong, supportive, and responsive relationships with clients that make them feel like Spark Point is an indispensable part of their team (10%); and 3) contributing to internal company initiatives and projects as needed (5%).

Other Responsibilities Include:

  • Paying attention to detail
  • Using excellent project management and coordination skills to meet or beat all deadlines for client deliverables
  • Building strong relationships on a foundation of respect, compassion, and kindness
  • Protecting and maintaining Spark Point Fundraising’s brand and reputation by maintaining the highest professional standards of performance, ethics, and integrity
  • Jumping in to support your colleagues when needed
  • Seeking out and pursuing opportunities for professional growth and development

Required Skills and Experience

  • Nonprofit Sector – The person in this position will ideally have 3-5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector (either as staff or as a consultant) or the equivalent in the private sector.
  • Grant Writing – The person in this position must have managed the development of at least twelve successful grant proposals in the past 12 months. This position is 85% grant and report writing, so to be successful the person in this position has to both be good at and enjoy grant writing. If your only experience with grant writing is as a volunteer or if you’ve only written a few proposals, this job is probably not the right fit.
  • Client Relations – The person in this position must understand and follow the basic tenets of client relationship management and professional services delivery.
  • Communication – The person in this position must be able to effectively (meaning without ambiguity or animosity) communicate with colleagues, clients, and others in a direct and respectful manner and must prioritize direct communication as the most effective means of conveying meaning. In other words, say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • Creative Problem Solving – Being a client-facing service provider, the person in this position must be able to provide creative and helpful solutions to problems with the ultimate goal of achieving the highest possible level of client satisfaction.
  • Ingenuity – The person in this position must have experience with creating, designing, or otherwise coming up with a new idea, creating a plan for executing on the idea, and completing the execution of said plan.
  • A Commitment to Ending Racism – Our commitment to equity is not superficial. Spark Point, like many organizations, is on a journey to eliminate racism and white supremacy from its operations. If this resonates with you then you are a good fit for this position.

The base salary for this position is $45,000-$50,000 annually. In addition, the position will pay out performance-based compensation of up to $10,000 in total annually, which is dependent on meeting various benchmarks.

In addition to financial compensation, Spark Point will offer the following additional benefits:

  • Health Insurance – 100% employer-sponsored
  • 401K – 3% of salary plus an additional employer match of up to 3%.
  • Paid Time Off – 15 days
  • Sick Leave – 3 days
  • Holidays – 8 Federal holidays and 3 floating holidays
  • Professional development – $500 per year to pay for conferences, seminars, or other professional development opportunities
  • Flexibility – Spark Point values work-life balance and flexibility in work environments, so you will be able to work at the times, locations, and pace that work best for you, provided that all deadlines are met, all client meetings proceed appropriately, progress is being made toward KPIs, and you attend any meetings that the CEO requires everyone to attend in person. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to providing all appropriate accommodations to support staff members’ health and safety. We currently plan to work remotely through September 2021.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this job (don’t be deterred if you don’t meet all of the skill criteria above) please complete an application here. We will accept applications on a rolling basis and look forward to hearing from you!

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: development, Fundraising, grant writing, and nonprofit. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

Job expires in 77 days.

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