- Writing Skills
The grant writer is a part time, hourly paid position. S/he reports to the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) and works with faculty, administrators and Advancement Colleagues to research, plan, strategize and execute all private foundation grant writing opportunities, and any other grants specified by the Director of CFR. The grant writer also is responsible for seeking new funding opportunities, reviewing historical grants, writing and communicating specific funding needs, and working with outside funders to build relationships with UMass Lowell.
Write competitive grant proposals for foundations and other specified grant applications, including writing letters of inquiry and concept papers and drafting collateral materials for applications (including budget). Track and monitor all components to completion.
Conduct research to determine grant opportunities. Maintain a portfolio of grant maker research results and opportunities that includes the following pertinent grant maker data: relevant focus areas, geographical focus, process, format, deadlines, likelihood, difficulty, similar grantees, dollar range, and contact person.
Develop and maintain a schedule of upcoming LOI, grant application and reporting deadlines. Review, edit and finalize all documents for submission on a timely basis. Respond in a timely, appropriate manner to new grant opportunities.
Establish and cultivate excellent relationships with grant makers. Prepare progress/funding usage reports as necessary and in compliance with grant maker guidelines.
Establish solid relations and regular communication with colleagues in the University in order to keep current with UML mission, priorities, demographics, stories and data analytics to successfully communicate with potential grant makers. Communicate grant status regularly to all key players of the grant process.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
Bachelor’s or higher degree required
Minimum 3 to 5 years of proven grant-writing experience and familiarity with non-profit fundraising
Superior writing and editing skills, attention to detail, and demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Keen understanding of the local and national funding landscape
Ability to write clear, structured and persuasive proposals and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Must be able to handle sensitive and confidential information in an appropriate manner
Special Instructions to Applicants:
This is a temporary, part-time, non-benefited, non-unit position.
Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applicants is received.
Please include a resume, cover letter and writing samples with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.