Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA), a nonprofit public health and medical research funding organization based in Boston, Massachusetts has a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA works with a diverse group of clients across the country to address some of the most critical public health issues using innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve population health. Our clients include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state and local public health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.
Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes.
HRiA’s annual operating budget is over $11 million with an additional $3.4 million in pass through grants. HRiA is funded through a diverse revenue stream of federal, state, and local government contracts, fees for service, restricted grants, and United Way funding.
This is an outstanding opportunity for a development professional to apply their knowledge, experience, and research/writing skills to a growing and dynamic organization. The position affords the chance to work collaboratively with a range of program staff and to learn about the history and breadth of HRiA’s work and to grow our development functions.
We are searching for a Development Associate who will support HRiA’s efforts to secure funding, expand the scope and breadth of our impact, and sustain our signature programs. This position will play an integral role in helping lead development activities and in implementing and supporting development processes and systems. The Associate will work with program staff to help them develop and submit proposals for competitive contracts, fee-for-service work, and grant opportunities while also managing proposal teams and processes for complex and/or larger scale government and foundation proposals.
Specifically, the Development Associate will: (1) prospect for funding opportunities using development software (Onvia) and other tools and web-based resources; (2) manage and monitor our internal system for tracking potential clients, funding opportunities, proposal submissions, and new business “pipeline”; (3) support and sustain select proposal teams by assisting with background research, developing and monitoring timelines, identifying and securing internal and external writers, writing and completing some proposal components (e.g., capability statements, attachments, and forms), and providing other support to facilitate proposal completion; and (4) package, submit, and file proposals. The Associate will work effectively with the Vice President, Managing Directors, and other staff on all grant and contract output for the organization.
This is an exciting, fast-paced opportunity that requires a keen attention to detail and an ability to work well and calmly under pressure. The Development Associate will report to the Vice President.
This is a full-time, exempt position. The Development Associate is a manager-level at HRiA.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Development Associate will:
Prospect for funding opportunities using development software (Onvia) and other tools and web based resources;
Work with the Vice President and senior leadership to vet and disseminate funding opportunities regularly across the organization and follow up with program staff on status;
Manage proposal processes for complex or large scale government and foundation proposals by establishing, coordinating, and facilitating proposal teams, and providing technical support to staff throughout the proposal process (e.g., background research, timeline development and monitoring, etc.);
Assist program staff with proposal writing;
Complete proposal attachments and forms;
Package and submit proposal materials ensuring that the final products are polished and complete;
Input data into, manage, and monitor development tracking system;
Establish a strong rapport with program staff through strong listening skills, active learning, and fast response to opportunities under tight deadlines;
Monitor and report on the status of all prospects, active proposals, submissions, awards, and declined grants and contracts;
Help identify or develop common proposal resources, such as project descriptions, corporate capabilities, and other standard “boiler plate” information;
Provide copy-editing, proofreading, and other proposal development assistance, as needed and directed by the Vice President;
Identify and manage a cadre of grant writer consultants; and
Assist with organization marketing and communication tasks that support development functions, and other duties as assigned.
At least five (5) years of professional grant and contract development experience, including demonstrated success in writing grants or proposals for new business;
A bachelor’s degree in communications, liberal arts, public health, or a related field; master’s preferred;
Experience with federal/state government and foundation contracts and grants;
Knowledge of population or public health field a plus;
Ability to adhere to funder rules, requirements, and deadlines with keen attention to details;
Substantial writing and copy editing experience;
Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-stress environment with multiple deadlines;
Customer/client focus with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Professional and tracking/database system for client, opportunity, and proposal management;
Communications, marketing, or design experience a plus.
A commitment to the value of diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives;
Collegial and outgoing nature with strong interpersonal skills;
Capacity to follow direction, collaborate as part of a team, and work independently;
Ability to be assertive, proactive, and persistent with staff to achieve job objectives
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining vigilant attention to deadlines and details;
Ability to produce polished and professional written and visual work;
Resourcefulness, creativity in problem solving, and overall good judgment;
Sense of humor and perspective;
Eagerness to increase responsibilities as organization and department develops.
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under their supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.
Additional Salary Information: HRiA offers an attractive benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation.
Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA), a nonprofit public health and medical research funding organization based in Boston, Massachusetts has a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA works with a diverse group of clients across the country to address some of the most critical public health issu...es using innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve population health. Our clients/funders include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state and local public health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.
Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities. Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes. Major organizational initiatives include:
• New England Asthma Innovation Collaboration: A multi-million dollar New England-wide initiative funded through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will improve asthma outcomes, quality of care, and health care costs of Medicaid- and CHIP-enrolled children by advancing innovative service delivery and sustainable payment systems
• Community Health Training Institute: An online resource funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that provides skill building trainings/webinars, tools, and resources to public health practitioners and advocates to improve community health
• Community Health Improvement: A national effort to engage hospitals, health departments, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), United Ways, and foundations to conduct comprehensive community health assessments and health improvement plans to prioritize health issues, align collaborative implementation efforts, inform resource allocations, and meet regulatory requirements