As part of the Resource Development Team, the main function of the Grant Writer is to secure funding for Feeding South Florida through the writing of grant applications, including reapplication for current grants and the acquisition of new ones. The Grant Writer is responsible for the research, writing, and reporting of grants in a timely manner.
This position is a member of the Resource Development team, reports directly to the Executive Vice President, and manages the Grants Coordinator. The Grant Writer works closely with all departments to ensure deadlines are met, information is accurate, and the funds are raised in support of FSF’s mission.
- Manage FSF’s grant funding efforts including researching opportunities, developing strategies, overseeing the accuracy of grant applications, meeting all grant deadlines and compiling monthly, quarterly, and year-end reports.
- Compile and maintain hunger related material and statistical data, including the compilation of external data from other sources.
- Work closely with the Marketing and Communications team to ensure data and message accuracy and consistency throughout all grant applications and reports.
- Work closely with the Philanthropy Managers to seek new corporate, foundation, and government grant revenue sources.
- Develop and maintain all timelines for grants and projects with all appropriate FSF departments.
- Meet with the Executive Vice President regularly to discuss organizational program goals.
- Implement appropriate metrics that evaluate and gauge effectiveness and impact to allow continuous improvement.
- Serve as the administrative liaison with the Finance team to ensure funding budgets are built collaboratively and that grant funds are drawn down in accordance with donor expectations.
- Ensure proper donor stewardship including appropriate follow up, meetings, drafting funding/impact reports.
- Stay current with impact evaluation, food security, food systems, and food bank trends, research, and literature.
- Conduct other duties as assigned by the Executive Vice President.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Human Services, or a related field.
- Impeccable verbal and written communication skills, including proper grammar and knowledge of AP Writing Guidelines.
- Minimum 3-5 years of grant writing experience with private foundations, government (local, state and federal) contracts, and corporations.
- Successful demonstration of funded projects and high net worth portfolio
- Efficient time management skills with strong ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously, while paying extreme attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to learn quickly and grasp new overarching concepts while ensuring attention to detail and accuracy.
- Sound judgment and strong decision-making ability.
- Ability to work with confidential donor information.
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
- A positive, can-do attitude with a desire to take the initiative and ensure excellence.
- Computer literacy; ability to use Windows-based software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as learn customized, internal FSF systems.
- Flexibility and the ability to work effectively as a member of a professional team.
Hours of Operation: Although organization hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., this Management level position will work closer to 45-50 hours per week, especially during peak times such as holiday seasons, growing seasons and disaster response. After hours business work is required occasionally throughout the year.
Environment: This position works in a typical office setting. There may be extended periods of sitting, standing and/or bending; listening, talking and/or visual concentration; writing and/or computer use. Occasional work will occur in the warehouse or outside in fields and warehouses in inclement weather. The noise is the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
Travel: FSF serves four counties so there is often same-day travel between the counties, using a personal vehicle, and occasional out of town travel for meetings, conferences or special events.
OSHA Standards Lifting requirements are 50 pounds and when lifting loads heavier than 50 pounds, use two or more people to lift the load.