At Opportunity Junction, we believe that everyone who is willing to work hard deserves an opportunity to succeed. We help low-income residents of East Contra Costa, most of them living below the poverty line, gain the skills and confidence they need to get and keep jobs that support themselves and their families.
We are seeking a half-time staff Grant Writer to join our fundraising team (the CEO and the Director of Development). To be a good fit, you’ll need to be an excellent writer, understand the elements of successful grant proposals, and be savvy to the decision processes of foundations and government agencies.
Founded in 2000, Opportunity Junction now has a budget of more than $2 million and programs serving more than 1,500 residents annually. (The percentage breakdown of revenue sources is in our annual report on our website in the About section.) Opportunity Junction has been honored with the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder’s award in 2012, the Tipping Point Award in 2013, and the 2017 Chair of the Board award from the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. In 2019, we were added to the ImpactMatters.org list of top 10 poverty-fighting nonprofits based on return on investment. Our programs have been very successful, and we pride ourselves as being a creative organization that continues to innovate. Learn more about us at http://www.OpportunityJunction.org.
Key competencies for the position, developed through any combination of education and experience:
- Communication: Able to write compelling, grammatical prose that communicates the logic and impact of Opportunity Junction programs and that relates it to funders’ objectives.
- Analysis: Excellent analytical and research skills, including the ability to understand and interpret quantitative data about activities and outcomes and to prepare budgets for proposals.
- Project management: Able to prioritize tasks and submission deadlines, identify tasks that are in the critical path, and plan and execute the submission of proposals to government agencies.
- Technology: Proficient in Word and Excel, able to learn to use Salesforce to generate reports and to track opportunities, activities, deadlines and outcomes, and able to learn and use a variety of web-based grant submission platforms.
- Nonprofit Savvy: Understands the nonprofit sector and the funding of nonprofits by institutional funders including foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
Responsibilities will include:
- In partnership with CEO and Director of Development, establish annual fund development goals and fund development strategy.
- Perform research to determine foundation, corporate, and government prospects for funding our programs.
- Write and track grant and contract proposals and reports.
- Assist in stewarding funder relationships, including writing thank you letters.
- Contribute writing to the newsletter and other marketing materials.
Hourly pay range is $26 to $40, commensurate with skill level and depth of experience. Benefits are pro rata based on percentage full-time, so for this position will include 16 half-days of paid holidays along with a starting PTO accrual of 21 half-days per year. Subsidized medical, dental, dependent, life, and disability insurance are offered, along with a 403(b) retirement plan.
Instructions for Applying:
- Use the subject line Grant Writer.
- Please include only a short introductory email and attach as Word documents (not PDF): your resume; a cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications for and interest in this position; and a writing sample.