This role reports to and partners with the Executive Director (Director). The Grants Writer will spearhead all grant writing opportunities for MarketShare and the Campaign for King Street Station. The successful candidate will manage all aspects of grant funding, including identification, cultivation, preparation, submission, and follow-up on grant applications (e.g., related correspondence). The Grants Writer will also manage the MarketShare grant calendar, including timelines and other related details. The Grants Writer will provide support to MarketShare by pursuing funding opportunities.

Responsibilities

  • Gain thorough understanding of MarketShare, its mission and the programs targeted for funding. To do this, the successful candidate will interview key people in the organization and perform comprehensive research into relevant projects.
  • Perform in-depth research into grant-making organizations, grant guidelines and requirements
  • Strictly adhere to grant application guidelines 
  • Write grant applications that display meticulous grammar and written skills
  • Analyze the feasibility of the project's budget 
  • After submitting a grant proposal, keep in contact with each grant-making organization to check on the progress and provide proper follow-up
  • If requested, submit progress reports to any grant-making organization that has funded a program

Desired Skills and Abilities

  • Persuasive writing skills: You must be able to make your proposal sound so attractive that the grant-making organization will be happy to fulfill your request 
  • Analytical skills: A grant writer will need to use both analytical and creative skills. First, they will analyze the data. How much money can this project potentially receive? Which grant-making organizations would be most likely to fund this project? 
  • Creativity: The next step involves choosing the most creative solution for presenting the grant proposal. Where appropriate, the writer can use any combination of media to convey the grant proposal (visual, print media, radio).
  • Problem Solving: Creative problem solving is another talent that characterizes the best grant writers. This is especially important during weak economic times, when grant-making organizations are low on funds, and only the most convincing proposal will win the grant. The grant writer must take a Jedi attitude: "Do or do not. There is no try." 
  • Oral and Interpersonal Skills: In many cases, the grant writer job description will include face to face or telephone conversation with the grant-making organization. This requires charm, charisma and a dynamic personality. Ample social and interpersonal skills are a must.
  • Cost Consciousness: The grant writer must be frugal, and have the ability to work within the proposed budget. Ability to prioritize and work well under tight deadlines. 
  • Team player: Must be able to coordinate efforts with other departments.

Time Commitment
This staff member position requires a commitment of 8-10 hours per month for a minimum of one year. We offer a lot of flexibility in when and how you complete those hours and many of the tasks and responsibilities can be done remotely, working online, at a time that is convenient for you. This position does require mandatory attendance at a monthly team meeting (usually evenings).

Compensation
This is a volunteer position. There will be no financial compensation.