The mission of Wonders & Worries is to help children cope when a parent faces a serious or life-threatening illness. Wonders & Worries was founded in 2001 by Child Life Specialists working in a hospital setting who saw first-hand the devastating effects a family member's illness can have on the emotional well-being of the entire family. Today, Wonders & Worries offers free, bilingual individual and group therapeutic support sessions for children ages 2-18, parenting support, family fun events, and bereavement support to families that are already Wonders & Worries clients. Since 2001, Wonders & Worries has worked with more than 5,000 individuals in over 1,250 Central Texas families.
Job/Position: Grant Writer Reports to: Development Director
Job Summary The Grant Writer plays an important role by managing the grants process from research to proposal submission and reporting. The Grant Writer works collaboratively with senior administrative staff, board, volunteers, corporate and foundation funders, and donors to further the mission of Wonders & Worries.
Major Responsibilities • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage over 75 grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources. • Create and manage comprehensive grant proposals and reports calendar, with close attention to grant deadlines. • Work in close collaboration with the leadership team to gather information and build consensus for all proposals and reports, with clear communication around goals and timelines. • Present proposal and report drafts to the leadership team for feedback and review a minimum of one week prior to submission deadlines. • Work with the child life staff to create evaluation metrics, and make recommendations for enhancing and improving client data tracking. • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to identify new funding sources. • Work with the finance office to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs. • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors. • Maintain accurate, complete files on all grant work, including both electronic and hard copy files on individual funders, as well as a fiscal year grants notebook binder. • Provide stewardship to grant funders; i.e., regular written updates. • Work with the leadership team to respond to questions and inquiries from grant funders. • Develop a comprehensive understanding of institutional history, programs, and goals. • Create narrative text as required for submission to receive awards and recognition. • Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting. • Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship. • Work with the Development Director to provide input for all written institutional materials (including but not limited to the Annual Report, newsletters, and client stories). • Provide monthly reports on all grant activity. • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.
Performance Measures • Ability to draft high quality proposals and reports for submission at least one week prior to deadline. • Ability to release ownership of narrative and create edits and revisions based on constructive feedback. • Success in taking ideas from the concept phase to draft proposal with little to no supervision. • Enhancing and expanding the number of grants submitted, and increasing the successful funding ratio. • Success in improving personal relationships with funders. • Maintaining accuracy of grant donor records. • Accuracy of grant funding reports.
Preparation and Knowledge • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals. • Strong editing skills. • Attention to detail. • Ability to meet deadlines. • Strong contributor in team environments. • Experience or excellent aptitude for technical and persuasive writing. • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising helpful, but not required. • Experience or excellent aptitude for working in deadline-driven environments. • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines. • Able to monitor and meet income goals. • Ability to work independently with little supervision • Excellent interpersonal skills; willingness to listen and help build consensus. • Must maintain strict confidentiality related to donors, clients, staff, and other organization information.
This is a part time position (20-30 hours per week depending on candidate), however, it may be feasible as a contract position.
To apply: Email a cover letter, resume and two writing samples with salary requirement. Please put "Grant Writer -[your last name]" in the subject line.