Reports to: Sr. Director, Institutional Partnerships
Location: Brookline, MA
The Organization: Facing History and Ourselves is an international, educational nonprofit organization with a mission to engage students and teachers of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. For over 40 years, we have provided educators with professional development and best-in-class educational resources that enable students conduct rigorous investigations of the development of difficult histories, including the Holocaust, Reconstruction, the struggle for civil rights in the United States, the fall of apartheid in South Africa, and other key historical moments worldwide. Students explore the individual choices that led to mass violence or systemic discrimination—as well as decision-making that led to positive change—and reflect on the choices they face today and consider how they can make a difference as “upstanders,” rather than bystanders.
The Role: The Grants Writer will be responsible for securing institutional support for Facing History’s projects and programs as assigned. The Writer will work with regional and project development leads to identify, cultivate, solicit, close, steward, and report on grants from foundations and corporations based on Facing History’s annual operating plan, operating needs, and capital needs. The Writer will work to achieve activity and revenue goals as determined by the Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships. They will be responsible for prospect research and, with fundraising partner(s), building a pipeline of new institutional donors.
Articulating Facing History’s mission, programs, and future development opportunities in writing and verbally for the organization, and for foundation, government, and corporate prospects
Working with the program staff and finance department to develop project action plans and budgets for program implementation, and meeting regularly with project leads and finance partners to help ensure that grant requirements are met
Managing a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors and prospects
Writing letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, reports, and letters for foundation, government, and corporate prospects
Contribute to peer review of written materials produced within the Foundation Relations Team
Supporting frontline fundraising staff in liaising effectively with foundation partners, including consulting on strategic relationship management
Special projects, including creating proposals and reports with the individual giving team as needed
Other duties as assigned
In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Facing History provides an excellent and competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) program with a discretionary organizational contribution, generous paid time off, an employee assistance plan & a travel assistance plan, pre-tax Transit-pass program, flexible spending health care and dependent care accounts, 4 voluntary Aflac plans, limited free parking, and a friendly work environment.
Facing History proudly values diversity and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Applications ONLY accepted online at careers.facinghistory.org. Job posted until filled.
3-5 years of experience in grant writing
Excellent writing and research skills
Excellent communication skills, in person, in writing, and on the phone
Good time management skills, with an ability to handle multiple projects and to meet deadlines
Good organizational and database management skills
Ability to work independently and as a member of multiple teams
Creative energy, self-starter
Interest in and ability to articulate the mission of this nonprofit
About Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is an international non-profit education organization headquartered in Massachusetts. We empower teachers to help their students to think critically about history and to understand the impact of their choices. We provide professional development, coaching, and resources, through seminars and online courses that support the needs of educators worldwide who share the goal of creating a more informed, active and thoughtful society. With 9 offices around the globe, we reach millions of students each year through our worldwide network of more than 71,000 trained educators. More than 30 years of research has documented our positive impact on teachers and students.
The lifeblood of democracy is the ability of every rising generation to be participatory, responsible decision-makers. From the disturbing lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to struggles for civil rights from Birmingham to South Africa, we trust students to wrestle with complex moments in world history. Our lessons help them understand the range of human behavior and allow them to make essential connections between history, their own moral choices and how historical events impact contemporary times.
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