The Role: The Grant Writer is responsible for securing institutional support for Facing History’s projects and programs as assigned. The Grant Writer will work with regional and project development leads to identify, qualify, and cultivate potential funders; and solicit, develop, close, steward, and report on grants from foundations and corporations based on Facing History’s annual operating plan, operating needs, and capital needs. The Grant Writer will work to achieve activity and revenue goals as determined by the Senior Director, Institutional Partnerships. The Grant Writer will support prospect research and, with fundraising partner(s), build a pipeline of new institutional donors.
Who You Are: You are an organized, calm, proactive, intuitive, thoughtful, and accurate individual with excellent writing skills. You excel at juggling multiple priorities and feel successful when others around you are successful, too. You are communicative and collaborative; you bring tact, diplomacy, and persistence to the workplace. You are able to build collaborative cross-functional relationships with key stakeholders at various levels within the organization. You have the capacity to solve problems, exhibit grace under pressure, and support teams in adapting to changes in direction and priorities. You are sensitive and adaptive to multiple communication styles, and can easily distill verbal descriptions of activities and ideas into high quality written donor communications.
Candidate should be based in the Northeast (prefer Boston). This position is currently remote, but will require meetings in our Brookline office when we return to in-person work.
Applications will not be considered without a cover letter. Please submit 1-2 writing samples with your application.
Articulating Facing History’s mission, programs, and future development opportunities in writing and verbally for the organization, and for foundation, government, and corporate prospects
Working with the program staff and finance department to develop project action plans and budgets for program implementation, and meeting regularly with project leads and finance partners to help ensure that grant requirements are met
Managing a portfolio of corporate and foundation donors and prospects
Writing letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, reports, and letters for foundation, government, and corporate donors
Contributing to peer review of written materials produced within the Grants Team
Supporting frontline fundraising staff in liaising effectively with foundation partners, including consulting on strategic relationship management
Helping regions to qualify prospects
Special projects, including creating proposals and reports with the individual giving team as needed
Other duties as assigned
At least 3 years of experience in grant writing; a plus if experienced in education grant writing
Excellent writing and research skills
Excellent communication skills, in person, in writing, and on the phone
Good time management skills, with an ability to handle multiple projects and meet multiple deadlines
Good organizational and database management skills, experience with CRM systems a plus
Ability to work independently and as a member of multiple regional teams
Creative energy, self-starter
Interest in and ability to articulate the mission of this nonprofit
Founded in 1976, Facing History and Ourselves is an international non-profit education organization headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to use the tools of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. By studying the historical development and lessons of key moments in modern history, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.