The Grant Writer is an experienced senior professional, responsible for developing and implementing successful foundation fundraising strategies throughout an assigned region of the American Cancer Society. The primary objective is to meet annual and campaign fundraising goals by developing a portfolio of sustainable, renewable and upgradeable institutional donors. Chief responsibilities include: strategy, development, and management of a robust foundation portfolio, proposal writing; donor stewardship; identifying and researching appropriate foundation prospects; and management of the foundation fundraising calendar. Advises and assists Distinguished Partners staff with process and compliance issues related to funding agency regulations and standards, and oversees adherence to Foundation administrative, fiscal, and accounting policies and procedures related to grant proposals and grant management.
- Overall responsibility for regional foundation and corporate foundation grant proposal strategy, including proposal research, writing, proposal budgets, and submittals.
- Works with regional Vice Presidents and Distinguished Partners staff to strategize and develop grant opportunities from prospective foundations.
- Maintain Institutional Funding calendar: submissions, renewals, reports, funding projected and received.
- Serve as the lead staff partner to secure written funding for the organization and assigned region in the most efficient and collaborative way.
- In addition to developing grant proposals, this position will work in collaboration with regional leadership to assist in budget preparation and interpretation of funding agency regulations and requirements; review proposals for compliance with policies, regulations, procedures, and facilitates documentation requirements.
- Work with regional leadership to develop and implement annual plans for the cultivation and solicitation of foundation donors and prospects.
- May provide advice and guidance to researchers and administrators with program planning and priorities in order to meet the requirements of the grant.
- Works collaboratively with a team approach in all aspects of the position.
- Works as a team member to each assigned regionally-based development team.
- Develop and publish status tracker to keep department leads informed of all proposal opportunities and results.
- Responsible for drafting, revising and enhancing the training materials in proposal development and writing.
- Assist and manage the preparation of grant review exercises for best practices using proposals and funders’ guidelines and selection criteria.
- Prepare templates of grants for Hope Lodge, Research, Patient Navigation, Global and transportation to include a tool kit of written communication suggestions and suggested best practices around proposal development.
- Research and write new sections in proposals i.e., Research citations in the literature, measurable objectives, access, disparities, targeted population.
- Maintain the CRM database for all Foundation/Institutional Funding proposals and letters of inquiry sent or correspondence and communications received.
- Assists with developing agendas and attends monthly Institutional Funding conference calls.
- Support proposal development and training and portfolio development.
- Assist in writing summaries for portfolio of projects
- Review/enhance system for prospect research and tracking
- Models and fosters behavior that establishes a culture that values the staff/volunteer partnership, and is consistent with the values, goals, and objectives of the Society to create an atmosphere of trust, cooperation, accountability, empowerment, and dedication to the mission.
- Collaborates with the Community Development, Distinguished Partner, Business Planning & Operations, Communications/Marketing and ACS CAN leads to ensure coordinated and interdependent achievement of region goals.
- 3-5 years’ experience in a major gift/campaign environment around health issues from foundations in the major gift arena.
- Candidate should have knowledge of restricted fund accounting principles, procedures, and standards along with ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and/or projections.
- Successful candidate will have excellent written and analytical skills in order to shape ideas and concepts into sound grant proposals.
Demonstrates Major Gifts Competencies:
- Customer focus, Strategic mindset, Action oriented, Drives results, Interpersonal savvy, Builds networks, Persuades, Being resilient.
- Superior writing, communications, organizational, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to build relationships with Division and global HQ staff and funding program officers, are essential.
- Limited travel will be required.
We are committed to providing staff with fulfilling opportunities to learn, grow and make an impact in their local communities. We offer staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental and retirement benefits, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills.