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Senior Grants Officer

LAPA Fundraising
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 18, 2020

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Grant Seeking, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making
Advocacy, Community Development, Education, Health, International, Legal Services, Social Services, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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As a leader in the philanthropic community, LAPA represents organizations from a full spectrum of the non-profit sector. Our firm is committed to ensuring that our employees are culturally competent and capable of providing counsel of the highest caliber. LAPA maintains a collegial environment, respecting and celebrating the variety of life experiences each employee brings to the firm, providing internal cultural awareness programs, and encouraging professionals of all backgrounds to consider opportunities in philanthropy. LAPA also seeks to build partnerships with nonprofit organizations that recognize the importance of promoting greater diversity within the philanthropic arena.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to Jessica Williams, Director of Grants, at

Reports To

Director of Grants


  • Undergraduate degree in English, healthcare, education, public health, business, the natural sciences or a related field required, a graduate degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in securing Institutional Funding from private foundations, and possibly from governments, corporations, and family foundations/donor-advised funds.
  • The ability to work interdependently as a team-player.
  • Ability to multitask and handle long and short-term assignments simultaneously.
  • Very skilled in balancing the role of ‘technician’ with funder and client-facing responsibilities including phone calls, emails, and in-person meetings.
  • Maintain existing Institutional Funder relationships and cultivate new funders for a minimum of three ongoing client engagements.
  • Excellent analytic, writing, reporting, oral, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Considering your work as a matter of social justice, advocating for the rights of those most oppressed by society.
  • Proficient in personal computer, preferably Microsoft Windowns Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.


  • Prepare funding proposals, attend conferences, and facilitate relationships with private foundations, family foundations, financial advisors, individuals of high net worth, and governmental organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with a team, including the Director of Grants for strategy and supervision. The ability and experience to supervise subordinate staff may be required as needed.
  • Manage deadlines including funder requirements as well as client reporting requirements. These include, but are not limited to: Letters of Intent, Proposals, Cultivation Letters, Grants Assessment, Appeal Letters, Weekly Update Emails, and Quarterly Reports.
  • Utilize prospect research methodologies including Guidestar Pro, The Foundation Directory Online, RelSci, and others.
  • Develop and maintain a knowledge of CRM databases like Salesforce, Bloomerang, Raiser's Edge, etc.
  • Engage necessary client contacts and topic experts to further program goals and objectives through funding strategy. 
  • Participate in special projects and perform other duties, as needed.


  • As a firm with 25 years of experience in the sector, this position provides the rare opportunity for an ambitious grants officer to join our team of top-level consultants.
  • Serve leading nonprofit clients in the region, the U.S., and a growing number of international clients.


  • This is a full time, W2 role. You are expected to work from the LAPA offices in Riverdale and/or from the offices of the client. Given the current global health pandemic, all LAPA staff are working remotely through at least January 1st, 2021.
  • There will be a well-planned orientation period and transition.
  • A minimum of a two-year commitment is required.


Compensation is competitive within the consulting industry. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, pre-tax transportation benefits, and eligibility for a 401K program in the second full year of employment.


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