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Grant Writer

Department: Community Impact
Reports To: VP Community Impact
Part Time: 15-20 hours per week
Work Schedule: Flexible schedule that is contingent upon grant timelines and deadlines. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, which may include early mornings, evenings and weekends. Must be able to meet with United Way staff when necessary for grant development during regular business hours of Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Purpose of Position: To research relevant and highly probable grant opportunities at the local, regional, state and federal levels. Write high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications, and supporting documents that result in awarded funds to support United Way programs and operations.

Essential Functions

  • Lead, operationalize and develop systems to support product development.
  • Raise revenue through grants.
  • Network and engage with local, state and national funders.
  • Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants.
  • Launch and coordinate implementation of new grant activities.
  • Collect support data and information.
  • Write each grant in compliance with grant guidelines and framework.
  • Work with department managers to compile financials and data.
  • Prepare and submit required grant reports to funders and ensure that all grant payments are received.
  • Provide periodic grant reports to the CEO and leadership team, board of directors, appropriate volunteer committees, and other United Way staff and volunteers as requested.


  • The number of viable grant opportunities identified monthly as a result of research using the grants database, internet and industry contacts.
  • The number of grants submitted.
  • The number of grant requests awarded annually.
  • The development of grant templates with standardized language to create consistent language in the areas of mission, vision, organizational background and strategic goals.

Position Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in grant writing; nonprofit experience a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, deadline-driven.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills required.
  • Clear, precise and compelling writing skills.
  • Able to effectively communicate.
  • Motivated self-starter. Ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.
  • High proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Office to include Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver license and reliable transportation.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Travel: Travel is minimal and would primarily be local during the business day.

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Salary Range: $30 – $33 per hour.

Benefits: 401(k), 401(k) matching.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to [email protected].

United Way Core Competencies for All Staff

Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.

Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.

Collaborator: Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.

Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.

Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.

United Way of the Capital Region is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and seeks to hire as diverse a staff as possible.

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