Senior Grant Writer

Job Status: Full Time, Exempt
Job Site: Springfield or Corvallis Office, with frequent travel (company car available)
Job Salary: Salary commensurate with experience ($42,000-60,000); Benefits included
Supervisor: Chief Operating Officer / Director of Asset Building Programs 

Purpose of Position:
NEDCO and Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services (WNHS) are two nonprofit community development organizations that merged as of January 1, 2019.   Together we serve six counties (Lane, Linn, Benton, Lincoln, Marion and Clackamas) across four offices.

The Senior Grant Writer oversees execution of the annual grants plans for both NEDCO/WNHS and Community LendingWorks, from concept through writing, award and reporting. The Senior Grant Writer will conduct research and selection of prospective grantors, build relationships with key grant funders, schedule and coordinate with internal managers/staff and external stakeholders to collaboratively develop grant proposals, write grant applications, manage the grants calendar, report on funded grants and follow up with unfunded applications to obtain constructive feedback. The Senior Grant Writer will work closely with the management team and the accounting department, and must be able to juggle a wide variety of stakeholder personalities, deadlines, and program priorities.


Essential Duties:

  • Spearhead grant applications for both NEDCO/WNHS and CLW, including initial concept coordination, gathering component data and financial information from internal partners, writing the application, submitting, and evaluating success;
  • Develop and ensure that the annual grants plans for both organizations are executed, with funding priorities balanced across the organizations and all grants submitted on time;
  • Supervise half-time Grants and Communications Assistant;
  • Research and recommend new grant opportunities to pursue;
  • Work closely with program directors and managers to identify grant needs, match program priorities with potential funders, ensure that grant proposals match internal capacity, gather required program data to complete applications, etc.;
  • Build upon existing grants and develop new grant language to increase likelihood of successful applications;
  • Manage the grants calendar, including regular updates and reminders to management team regarding upcoming grant application and reporting deadlines;
  • Create and deliver monthly grant progress report to COO, CEO and Director of Asset Building Programs.
  • Draft press releases to acknowledge grant awards for newspapers and social media.
  • Work closely with the Finance Department and Program Directors/ Managers to:
    • Ensure individual grant performance requirements are understood and all parties involved in achieving grant goals are on track to complete grants successfully
    • Maintain communication with program managers to ensure grant goals are met timely, and to correct mid-course where needed
    • Ensure timely delivery of all grant reports and invoicing
    • Ensure proper grants administration and accounting
    • Maintain grant files for both received and declined grants

Additional Duties:

  • Other specific projects as assigned or developed

Training: Training in grant writing, funder relationship development, program development, and other topics as necessary for high impact grant writing.

Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • At least 4 years successful grant writing experience, or comparable technical writing experience and the ability to communicate how that experience will transfer to grant writing;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and ability to manage a high level of detail and multiple grant applications/deadlines independently;
  • Experience writing state and federal grant applications strongly preferred;
  • Ability to participate in strategic planning for program development, identify potential grant sources that match program priorities, and then translate program concepts/goals into effective and persuasive grant applications;
  • Experience developing relationships with funders and stakeholders;
  • Deep understanding of and ability to articulate the nuances and heart of NEDCO/ WNHS’ and CLW’s mission, work and values;
  • Basic understanding of affordable housing, asset building, community economic development, community development lending, and/or related fields;
  • Ability to clearly, concisely and compellingly communicate persuasive funding arguments to audiences with diverse needs and interests;
  • Experience coordinating stakeholders (both internal and external) to meet deadlines and shared goals;
  • Strong record of meeting competing deadlines efficiently and effectively;
  • Interest in working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment; ability to shift direction on short notice with grace and good humor;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-faceted team;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher)

To Apply

The position will be open until filled; preference will be given to applications received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2019. An application consists of a cover letter that describes how your education and experience prepare you for this position and a resume. Applications should be emailed to: Emily Reiman (emily@nedcocdc.org) with subject line “Senior Grant Writer”

NEDCO/WNHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Applications for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed.  We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background.  If you meet key qualifications for the job, and believe you would be the best fit, we would encourage you to apply; please use your cover letter to explain how you will accomplish parts of the job for which you have less experience.  If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us.

NEDCO/WNHS values diversity and supports a positive, welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. We strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding a diverse workforce strengthens our organization.

For more information on each organization you can visit our respective websites, www.nedcocdc.org and www.w-nhs.org and https://communitylendingworks.org/.