Quality educational experiences are essential to preparing students for the future, yet systemic barriers create pronounced disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes. The Emily Krzyzewski Center, a nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina, implements four distinct programs designed to build on the academic, career, and leadership potential of students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Collectively, our programs serve students from elementary school through college and equip them with the skills necessary to successfully complete higher education, connect to promising careers, and become agents of change within their communities. We amplify our efforts through partnerships with our local school district, community-based organizations, and universities.
The Center seeks to hire an experienced and effective part-time Grant Specialist to step into an already successful grants program and elevate it to the next level. Reporting to the Director of Communications and External Affairs, the Grant Specialist will serve a key role in achievement of ambitious annual grant funding targets through the execution and expansion of an annual foundation and corporate support program. The Grant Specialist will join a team of passionate and dedicated colleagues for a threemonth project period, with the potential for it to become a year-round part-time position.
Experience, Training, and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree. 3+ years of professional grant writing experience with a nonprofit organization with a strong record of success. Excellent writing, communication, and relationship-management competencies. Strong record of successful grant applications as the sole or primary writer. Demonstrated ability to work well across an organization to obtain, analyze, and synthesize information for incorporation into proposals. Excellent project management and organizational skills, with a track record of meeting deadlines with attention to detail. Experience in telling stories of students and families who face systemic barriers to educational and economic success through an asset-based framework. Strong computer skills and ability to adapt and present information effectively through a wide variety of portals and reporting tools.
Helpful or preferred:
Knowledge of Triangle-area foundations and corporations. Experience using a donor management database, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
Primary Responsibility Areas:
Grant Writing: Organize and produce written applications to obtain grant funding for the Center from foundations and corporations. Work with colleagues in development and across the organization to collect appropriate data and information to support successful proposals. Manage the lifecycle of each grant, providing updates and writing mid-term and/or final grant reports as required by each funder. Work with the Communications Director to edit and submit proposals on time via the appropriate channels.
Management of Annual Grant Cycle:
In collaboration with the Communications Director, manage and track a comprehensive annual grant portfolio for the Center. Utilizing best practices, organize the cycle of applications and reports and maintain accurate and up-to-date foundation information in Raiser’s Edge/NXT.
Grant Program Growth:
Identify and cultivate new foundation and corporate funding partners through researching new opportunities, cultivation of strategic partnerships, and submission of applications to new entities.
Terms of Employment:
This is a part-time position, averaging 15 hours per week and starting with a threemonth project-period employment agreement with the possibility to move to a year-round part-time role. Schedule to be set with the employee. Hours fall between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Grant Specialist is envisioned as an in-office position, but hybrid or remote work would be considered for the right candidate. Pay is commensurate with experience and the salary range for this position is $30-$40/hr. Performance of the job is evaluated at the end of the project period and then annually. Background clearance and reference checks required.
Submit one document that includes your resume and cover letter to Sara Askey at email@example.com. As a separate document, please submit up to three recent writing samples, at least one of which must be a grant application or request for funding, up to 10 single-sided pages total. Please make sure to include your full name in the file name of each document submitted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with preference given to applications received by September 10, 2021. Applications will
continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about the Center, please visit emilyk.org.