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4 Feb 2021

Full-Time Grants Coordinator

VAP – Posted by VAP Anywhere

Job Description


Victim Assistance Program, the leading expert in crisis intervention for victims of crime and trauma in Northeast Ohio, is seeking an experienced full time, exempt, Grants Coordinator who will work Monday through Friday, from 8am to 4pm. A resume and cover letter are required when applying.

Victim Assistance Program does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Victim Assistance Program will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities.
The ideal candidate for this integral role will have a passion for creative, qualitative, and quantitative writing, experience in the nonprofit/social service sector, mastery of seeking and requesting grant funds, and an obsession with details and organization.
As a member of our Advancement team, you will help the agency acquire funds by articulating programmatic/capital needs to elevate services provided to victims of crime and trauma and the professionals who serve this population.

As one of the first victim services agencies established in the United States, we are driven to expand the blueprint our founder established in 1972. We are always advancing, always changing, and always thinking of new ways to help victims of crime and trauma.

If you are passionate about using your expertise to help create a world where all victims are healed, please read on!


The Grants Coordinator will engage in strategic initiatives to secure funds through grant and foundation awards to achieve the agency’s annual strategic, programmatic, and budgetary goals.

Grant & Foundation Submissions
If you want to have a hand in securing a million dollars’ worth of funds to maintain and grow our agency, you must love to engage in research, follow sometimes tedious directions, be uber organized and detail oriented, and obviously have a knack for writing!

  • Writes clear, concise, content to depict a visual picture of the agency’s needs
  • Uses analytics to optimize content that drives measurable programmatic and financial goals
  • Develop and update language for renewal applications to reflect its current status
  • Research and apply for new state, local, and federal funding opportunities
  • Submit on average 3-7 new and/or renewal grant/foundation submissions per month
  • Establish ongoing professional relationships with local funders

Knowledge of Victim Services
The Grants Coordinator won’t be providing direct service to victims, but we want you to know how to do it! We expect this position to be fully immersed in all we do. How else are you going to share our story without firsthand knowledge of seeing us in action!

  • Be cognizant of the impact trauma has on an individual, their family, and the community
  • Understand the dynamics of culturally diverse populations and appreciate that not all victims are the same
  • Consistently schedule time to observe services provided to victims • Review and analyze agency statistics to identify client demographics and the services provided to clients
  • Review and analyze programmatic outcome results to identify the status of program goals and objectives
  • Brainstorm with teammates to assist in program design
  • Identify and share potential funding opportunities for new victim service-related initiatives

Coordinating the research, submission, and acceptance of 50 foundations and 10 government grants requires someone who loves planning, multitasking, organizing, and the feeling of accomplishment when you cross of that to do list task!

  • Assist in the development of annual plans to depict which requests will be pursued and the amount of each request
  • Create and maintain an accurate annual grants calendar to track when applications are due and submitted
  • Process award acceptance and denial notifications, write thank you letters, and notify Department Directors of the contractual requirements
  • Maintain accurate and detailed electronic and paper records for all to be written, awarded, pending, and denied requests


At this stage of the game, VAP needs someone who knows what they are doing. We’ll train you on the program and agency stuff, but you need to know about the tips and tricks associated with increasing our chances of obtaining awards.

  • Bachelor’s degree required in English, Journalism, Communications, Criminal Justice, Social Work is preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in grant writing
  • Minimum of 1-year experience in social services
  • Clean state and federal background check


All employees of Victim Assistance Program must appreciate the potential physical and psychological impact VAP employment may have on their personal lives.
Employees may witness, observe, smell, and hear disturbing sights and sounds including but not limited to crime scenes, pictures of abuse, and recordings of violent incidents. Secondly, employees may be exposed to situations which could potentially result in physical harm from victims and/or aggressors. Both are concerns primarily of direct service victim advocates, but any employee can be exposed to these situations from time to time. In addition, all employees of Victim Assistance Program are required to respond 24/7/365 to the needs of victims of extreme and catastrophic incidents impacting Summit County. This rare response from the administrative staff would be for administrative support and logistics.

As our goal is to respond to trauma, we do not engage in prevention, nor do we engage in activism. To ensure every victim is provided with unbiased support, our agency remains neutral on most social justice issues. We work extremely close with local law enforcement; we are a pro police agency and expect all our employees to strengthen our mission by respecting the work of law enforcement in our community.


We aspire to ensure the needs of our employees are always identified. Employees are provided a competitive compensation compared to similar Summit County nonprofits. We provide employees with a supportive and accessible supervisor, a beautiful trauma informed office settings, new furniture, up to date technology, security, expansive training programs, Verizon wireless cell phone discounts and an employee assistance program including 6 free confidential counseling sessions.

Our newly renovated main office in downtown Akron is within walking distance to the courts, police station, restaurants, shops, and the towpath trails. The space includes an education training facility, trauma free room, and a staff kitchen. A generous benefit package is also provided to full time employees. This includes 3 weeks of PTO plus 12 paid holidays, a birthday PTO day, 2 PTO volunteer days, medical coverage, dental & vision coverage, pet insurance, mileage reimbursement, bereavement leave, and a 401k retirement plan with a matching contribution.

It is our belief that if employees are taken care of, and employees have the resources to take care of themselves, then victims will receive superior services… and that is our goal.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying can visit our website: *Please be sure to include a cover letter and resume upon submission.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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