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Grant Writer

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House


Description
We are seeking a Grants Writer to join us and help us continue our organizational vision and advancement. As a key member of our Executive Team, the Grants Writer will work closely with the Executive Director, the Chief Program Officer and the Director of Special Projects and others in helping us secure private funding from foundations and corporations to support our services. The successful candidate will be an excellent writer and have incredible initiative and the demonstrated ability to help us improve our existing funding relationships and to identify new funders to support our programming.

The Grants Writer will be a key part of our team (an ability to collaborate is essential). S/he will be expected to understand all our programs -- how they operate and who they impact -- and also contribute to developing strategies for securing additional funding. The Grants Writer will provide regular weekly foundation reports including status of requests, details of request and deadlines, and complete all necessary follow-up and be sure to meet frequent deadlines. The Grants Writer will be responsible for facilitating the submission of more than 50 ongoing support proposals annually and also identifying additional funding sources and developing basic and special project proposals by working with program staff throughout the organization.

Responsibilities:

• Write and ensure the successful submission of grant proposals for foundation, corporate and government funding sources to maintain, expand and add services;
• Monitor the proposal review process including maintaining a proposal and report calendar which identifies next steps as well as a quarterly report focusing on engagement with existing and prospective funders;
• Perform all editorial and administrative activities necessary for the timely submission of all proposals, submissions, acknowledgments, reports, and other communications as needed;
• Manage Raiser’s Edge database, including entering all grants, writing acknowledgment letters to all funders and preparing statistical reports and analyses;
• Direct and implement funder cultivation efforts by maintaining ongoing contact with representatives of funding sources; take part in site visits and draft related correspondence;
• Based on firm understanding of all programs, research foundation, corporate and government prospects and present well-reasoned recommendations to build organization’s base of support;
• Continually meet with program staff to understand how their programs operate, who they serve, how they may be changing and what their future needs may be;
• Identify opportunities for prospective projects that maximize the impact of a potential funding source;
• Track all prospective funders, and identify necessary follow-up;
• Develop additional materials, such as updates in particular areas of focus like older adult services, to distribute to core funders on a regular basis; and
• Perform all related activities as may be assigned.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree;
• At least five years of previous writing experience (including winning proposals to foundations or corporations);
• Excellent communication skills, including superior writing skills and the ability to persuasively convey program results;
• Strong organizational skills and exceptionally detail oriented;
• Able to work productively and accurately while under pressure in a fast-paced, demanding environment;
• Able to research and gather information quickly and easily through interviews, website and database research, and review of internal reports and meeting notes;
• Enjoys taking ownership of projects with the ability to handle multiple tasks under deadline and a high volume of work;
• Outgoing and personable with excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to manage effectively a variety of relationships;
• Flexible work attitude: the ability to work in a team environment and independently and ability to meet unexpected demands;
• Skilled at data analysis and at using technology;
• Excellent computer skills: advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
• Comfortable working with budgets and the accounting team to understand and communicate financial impact of funding requests.
• A dedicated work ethic, diligent, and a readiness to be a hands-on team member; and
• Mission-driven and passionate about our multiservice, settlement house model and in achieving excellence, both individually and organizationally.

How TO APPLY:
Send resume, cover letter and two writing samples by email to: programdirector@lenoxhill.org

About Organization:
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers, is a 118-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated services--social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness--which significantly improve the lives of 20,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. Our constituents include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants, disabled persons, adult learners and thousands more. Our programs--staffed by social workers, educators, public interest lawyers, case managers, advocates and many, many others--include an early childhood center, an afterschool and summer camp, a women’s mental health shelter, a permanent supportive housing residence, two senior centers, a social adult day program, case management and transportation for frail seniors, a thriving healthy food program where we make more than 400,000 meals a year, a legal advocacy department, visual and performing arts, fitness and aquatics, adult education and more. We pride ourselves on our commitment to achieving an ongoing, organizational culture of excellence--programmatically, operationally and fiscally--and to being the best nonprofit in New York. For more information on Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (the Neighborhood House), please visit our website at www.lenoxhill.org.


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