Grant Witing & Development Specialist (Fractional or Full Time)
Wayne State University
August 10, 2018
Essential Functions: The mission of Wayne State University's Center for Urban Studies is to improve understanding of and provide innovative responses to urban challenges and opportunities. Committed to serving Detroit and its metropolitan area, the Center pursues its mission by conducting and disseminating research, developing policies and programs, and providing training, capacity-building, and technical assistance.The Center participates in defining and influencing local, regional, state and national urban policy. It engages community, government, institutions, and policymakers in collaboration with university faculty and resources to transform knowledge into action.Position Title: GRANT WRITING & DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST (Fractional or Full-Time)Works with management to develop funding strategies for new and existing projects. Works with program directors and staff to write grant proposals for new and existing programs and writes program reports to existing funders, project leader(s) for proposals, and tracks due dates for all grants and reports.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSCoordinate development efforts and increase sponsorship and partnership for the Center. Actively work with the Center directors and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support, including those with non-profit organizations, foundations, governmental bodies, corporations, etc. Collaborate with directors and senior researchers in identifying fundraising needs and priorities; develop major gift fundraising plans and strategies; establish realistic and achievable timelines; remain current with fundraising trends and serve as a resource on successful development activities, techniques and methods. Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundations, non-profit corporations, and government agencies. Have primary responsibility for development and execution of all proposals; write and archive all proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach. Perform research on foundations, non-profit corporations, and government agencies to evaluate prospective grants; identify grant opportunities online and through other sources. Negotiate and navigate internal university system including Sponsored Program Administration, the Development Office and other relevant units. Coordinate the completion of grant proposals including, but is not limited to, budgeting, adding supportive documentation, and writing portions of a grant as needed. Maintain proposal calendar, including cultivation activities, and reports to ensure that all applications and reporting deadlines are met. Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program. High energy and passion for the Center's mission is essential. Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.
Qualifications: EDUCATION: Bachelors degree in communications, marketing, business administration, or related field; Masters degree preferred. EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 1 year of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in a development function (identifying and evaluating potential funding opportunities and relationships) and grant writing; in higher education highly preferred. Reasonable knowledge of University policies and procedures, including budgeting. Proven track record in securing new funding opportunities. RESEARCH: Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research. comprehensive knowledge of research, and the ability to distinguish and identify funding opportunities for special programs. ORGANIZATIONAL: Flexible and adaptable style; a professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time. INITIATIVE: Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Center. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS: Outstanding written communication skills and editing skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals. TIME MANAGEMENT: Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines. Strong organizational and time-management skills. ANALYTICAL: Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations. Must possess a demonstrated attention to detail in order to achieve a high degree of accuracy. COMPUTER: Proficient in the use of complex administrative systems software, preferably in the higher education environment. Proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel.
Internal Number: 76_205573
About Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.