Under the general direction of the Development Director, the Grant Writer is responsible for the overall success of grant support from government, corporate, foundation, civic/community, and faith organizations for Capital Campaign and Annual Fund activities. In addition, this position provides writing support for materials and supplemental activities as needed.
Reporting to the Development Director, the Grant Writer plans and executes grant writing and proposals. The Grant Writer will also pay particular attention to fostering relationships with new funders, especially government sources, faith based entities, corporations, and foundations. Through the use of detail-oriented organization, strong research skills, proficiency of technology, and strong written and oral communication skills, this position will enable JOURNEYS | The Road Home to reach its Capital Campaign fund-raising goals and continue to strengthen and build new strong community relationships continuing past the Campaign.
GRANT WRITING | 85%
Prepare campaign grant proposals with the support of the development team
Research new funding opportunities, and review opportunities with Director of Development
Keep organized and detailed donor files for all grants written
Keep an organized and detailed grants calendar to assure that grants are being put out on a consistent basis to meet campaign goals
Coordinate with Development Department to review potential funding sources
Supply timely grant reports to the Director of Development and donors as requested
Provide data analysis of Campaign grant activities, for external and internal use
Provide support for Annual Fund grant requests as needed
MARKETING | 10%
Assist the Development Director with creating public relations and marketing materials such as brochures, press releases, regional overviews, e-blasts, and annual reports for Capital campaign
Write content materials for quarterly newsletters and appeals
Interface with other grant writers through membership at the Donors Forum as well as at workshops and networking meetings
ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS | 5%
Administrative Assistance to the Director of Development including research
Implement fund raising goals as directed by the Development Director
Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. The Board of Directors reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
This work is primarily sedentary and requires travel throughout the service area as well as within the greater Chicago and Springfield areas. The work schedule varies depending on the needs and services of the organization. Evening and weekend work is necessary in order to attend meetings or to participate in events. This position will require exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
To apply, please submit resume and cover letter (both are required) to Suzanne Ploger, Director of Development at email@example.com. No phone calls.
Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Education, English, Communications, Journalism or related field
Two years experience in grant writing and planning
Knowledge of and fully proficient with Microsoft Office
Familiar with the communities within JOURNEYS service area
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Subscription to and integration of the agency’s core values of Respect, Teamwork, Mission-Driven, and Commitment
Demonstrate effective communication skills
Adapt to changing work priorities
Maintain composure under stressful situations
Apply common sense understanding to carry out duties
JOURNEYS | The Road Home provides shelter and social services to the homeless and near homeless in 37 communities in the north & northwest suburbs of Cook County. In the past year, we provided almost 1000 clients with assistance. Comprehensive services and programs are available year-round at our HOPE Center. Shelter is available seven nights a week from October 1 to April 30 at 18 locations throu...ghout our service area, and three nights a week during the summer. More information on all of our programs and services can be found at www.journeystheroadhome.org.