Position Title: Grant Writer
Time Commitment: 35 hour work week at minimum
Reports To: Senior Grant Writer with a dotted line to the CEO
Core Work Hours: Spark Point’s core working hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm. Staff are permitted to work remotely at their discretion as long as they consult with their supervisor in advance. Staff are permitted one hour daily for lunch.
The role of Grant Writer is responsible for 1) producing well-written, story-focused, compelling grant proposals and reports for nonprofit clients (85%); 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) conducting business development outreach and securing new client contracts (5%).
Other Responsibilities Include:
- Use excellent project management and coordination skills to meet or beat all deadlines for client deliverables (including grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, concept papers, etc.) including ensuring that all budgets, attachments, and other documentation are prepared along with the proposal or other narrative document as required by the potential funder.
- Build strong relationships on a foundation of respect, compassion, and kindness
- Protect and maintain Spark Point Fundraising’s brand and reputation by maintaining the highest professional standards of performance, ethics, and integrity
- Seek out and pursue opportunities for professional growth and development with support from the Senior Grant Writer
- Develop key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress and provide benchmarks for bonus payments in partnership with the Senior Grant Writer, consulting the CEO.
- Represent Spark Point Fundraising at client events as needed
In addition to the above responsibilities, the Grant Writer will be encouraged to actively participate in business planning and growth strategy through annual planning retreats. As the company grows, there may be opportunities for the person in this role to take on more of a management role, including a titular promotion to Senior Grant Writer and a commensurate salary increase. This promotion will be contingent on both the person in the role and the company meeting certain performance milestones to be determined at a future date.
Required Skills and Experience
- Nonprofit Sector – The person in this position must have at least five 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 five successful grant proposals in the past 12 months. This position is 85% grant writing, so to be successful the person in this position has to both be good at and enjoy grant writing.
- 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.
- Entrepreneurship – The person in this position must have some experience with entrepreneurship, either by having been self-employed or by having otherwise sought an opportunity to build a revenue-generating enterprise.
- 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.
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – While it is not required that the person in this position have formal experience with DEI, they must be familiar with the concepts, be committed to diversity and inclusion, and be committed to achieving equity both within the company and beyond.
Compensation and Benefits Package
The base salary is $45,000 annually with quarterly bonus opportunities totaling $10,000 annually. Depending on a candidate’s skills and experience, there may be opportunities to earn commissions on client renewals and new business. We envision advancement opportunities as the company grows.
In addition to financial compensation, Spark Point offers a robust benefits package that includes health insurance (100% employer-sponsored), 401K, 15 days paid time off, 13 company-wide holidays, and up to $500 per year reimbursed for conferences, seminars, and other professional development opportunities.
Submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experiences with nonprofit fundraising and your interest in joining a fundraising consultancy to email@example.com by January 24, 2020.
Spark Point Fundraising LLC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Spark Point Fundraising LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in Washington, DC.