Are you an excellent writer who wants to help nonprofits win grant funds?
We may have a job for you!
Check out the job description below.
Position Title: Grant Writer
Time Commitment: 35 hour work week with PTO
Reports To: CEO
Job Description: Spark Point’s Grant Writers are responsible for 1) producing well-written, story-focused, compelling grant proposals and reports for nonprofit clients (75%) and 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 (25%).
The 2019-2020 key performance indicators for this position are:
- Write up to five grant proposals or reports per week for various Spark Point clients
- Engage in active learning and continuous quality improvement in your writing skills through regular proposal review sessions with the CEO
- Attend, take notes at, and follow up on bi-weekly (or in some cases weekly) project management meetings for 2-3 clients
- Meet or beat all client proposal and report deadlines
- Get client approval on every proposal before submission
- 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 CEO
- Represent Spark Point Fundraising at client events as needed
In addition to the above responsibilities and KPIs, Grant Writers are encouraged actively participate in business planning and growth strategy through annual planning retreats. In addition, as the company grows there will be opportunities for advancement.
Required Skills and Experience
- Nonprofit Sector – The person in this position must have at least one year of experience in the nonprofit 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 75% grant writing, so to be successful the person in this position has to both be good at and enjoy grant writing.
- 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.
- 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 for this position is $40,000 annually. In addition, the position will pay out quarterly performance-based compensation totaling $10,000 annually, which is dependent on meeting the key performance indicators (50%) and on the company meeting its revenue goals (50%). Depending on the level of skill and experience that a candidate brings to the position, there may also be opportunities to earn commissions on client renewals and new business.
In addition to financial compensation, Spark Point will offer the following additional benefits:
- Health Insurance – 100% employer-sponsored
- Paid Time Off – 15 days
- Holidays – 8 Federal holidays, 2 floating holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve
- Professional development – $500 per year to pay for conferences, seminars, or other professional development opportunities
- Flexibility – Spark Point values work-life balance and flexibility in work environments, so you will be able to work at the times, locations, and pace that work best for you, provided that all deadlines are met, all client meetings proceed appropriately, and progress is being made toward KPIs.
Spark Point Fundraising 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 complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in Washington, DC.
To apply for this job, please send a thoughtful cover letter that outlines your qualifications for the position, a resume, and one writing sample of no more than three pages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put Spark Point Grant Writer in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.