United Way of Central Maryland is seeking an experienced grant writer with a track record of success to join our growing Grants Team.
Our team has seen exponential growth over the past five years, doubling in size and results. Last year we secured more than 50 public and private grants totaling over $6M in support for United Way’s programs.
We are looking for a strong grant writer with experience pursuing both public (local, state, and federal government) and private grants. The ideal candidate will be organized, deadline-driven, and able to manage their own projects and schedule. The selected candidate will be responsible for identifying and applying for grants for a portfolio of United Way programs. They will be expected to work closely with program staff to understand each program’s framework and funding needs and successfully pursue grants to support each program’s ongoing success.
The Director of Grant Writing will report to the Vice President of Grant Development.
- Compile, write, and submit grant applications/proposalsCompile, write, and submit grant applications/proposals
- Conduct research to support proposals; Collaborate with United Way’s Accelerator Institute as needed for in-depth research requests
- Collaborate with program staff on the project plan, timeline and narrative
- Develop program budgets in coordination with program staff and the Finance Department
- Coordinate input and support from external partners (program data, MOUs, letters of support, etc.) as needed
- Track all grant seeking efforts in coordination with the Vice President of Grant Development
- Utilize multiple strategies (networking, internet searches, free and subscription grant seeking resources (Foundation Center, Grants Watch, etc.) and other resources) to identify grant opportunities
- Evaluate grant opportunities and present informed recommendations about which grants to pursue to program and senior staff
- Track all grant prospecting efforts in coordination with the Vice President of Grant Development
Partnership Development and Management
- Research, identify and develop networks with area health and human service organizations and public-sector agencies to leverage common priorities, interests and focus to strengthen grant applications and maximize opportunities for successful outcomes
- Engage partners in collective impact activities (i.e. site visits, meetings, etc.) as they pertain to potential grant opportunities
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree and proven track record (minimum three years) of writing and winning grant awards from foundations (experience with national foundations required), public agencies (experience with federal agencies preferred), corporations, and private funders. Successful applicant will:
- Possess excellent written and oral communications, research and internet skills, as well as solid analytical skills;
- Be well-organized and time-sensitive, able to multi-task, manage competing priorities, meet deadlines and work under pressure;
- Excel at skillfully and successfully writing and submitting grant proposals;
- Be skilled at navigating grant seeking websites as well as grant application web portals;
- Have a thorough understanding of local and state grantors;
- Utilize strategic and creative thinking in determining grant opportunities;
- Be a team player, able to work with other staff to collaborate on proposals and accept constructive feedback on their own work;
- Demonstrated computer skills (proficiency in Microsoft Office with an emphasis in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint).