POSITION: Grant Writer
REPORTS TO: Director of Development
WC CLASS: Clerical
Founded in San Francisco in 1902, the LightHouse’s purpose is to promote the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or visually impaired. The LightHouse is currently in a period of growth, increasing our capacity to serve more low vision and blind students. We seek a dynamic professional to help us grow our individual and institutional support. This is an 80% part time to 100% full time position. This position is dedicated to Grant Writing: researching opportunities for public and private grant funding; preparing grant proposals; maintaining relationships with grant funders and submitting reports to grantors. Additional editing and copywriting duties as assigned, and performs other development duties as requested.
Education: Bachelor or graduate degree.
Experience: Three years of experience in non-profit fundraising, grant writing, and/or implementing a major gift program. Familiarity with blindness and/or broader disabilities issues is a plus.
Other: Superior written communication. Excellent organizational skills with capability to prioritize and meet multiple deadlines with minimal oversight. Proficiency in MS Word MS Excel required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge donor management system preferred. Enthusiasm for LightHouse services and the transformative effect we can have on the lives of individuals who are blind or have low vision. Dedication to learning the latest trends and practices in the blindness field, including review of current literature; attention to the wisdom of various blindness groups, and familiarity with the history of the blindness and disability movement.
- Prepare and submit grant proposals within funder-specified and organizationally set timelines.
- Coordinate with organization directors and staff to gather information for proposals and reports, including budget/expense information; assist in creating grant budgets and expense reports.
- Track current grantors to assure compliance with reporting requirements, new deadlines and program updates.
- Proactively research new public and private grant funding opportunities for programmatic and project priorities to assist in fully funding organization’s operating and capital budgets.
- Maintain relationships with funders and prospective funders by providing stewardship of grant gifts; inviting to special events and programmatic functions; keeping them abreast of major organizational changes, and assisting in periodic check-ins over the grant year.
- Coordinate meetings and site visits with individuals and grantors; assist in visits.
- Stay current with foundation and corporate funding trends, and the broader philanthropic community, to inform proposal writing.
- Database Management to track Moves Management for Institutional Donors and Prospects and other database functions as assigned
- Assist with donor events and volunteer work days (some evenings and weekends)
- Other duties as assigned
Enthusiasm for and capability to be an “evangelist” for LightHouse services and the transformative effect we can have on the lives of individuals who are blind. Dedication to learning the latest trends and practices in the blindness field, including ongoing reading of current literature; attention to the wisdom of various blindness groups; and familiarity with the history of the blindness and disability movement. Personal initiative, curiosity about people, a sense of humor and a strong team-oriented style.
Equal opportunity to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.
All employees at LightHouse are hired for an indefinite and unspecified duration and consequently, no employee is guaranteed employment for a specified length of time. Employment is at the mutual consent of the employee and LightHouse. Accordingly, either the employee or LightHouse can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause (“employment at will”).
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