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Grant Writer

Center for Community Alternatives
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 26, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Administrative, Office Administration, Other Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a nonprofit criminal justice organization with offices in Syracuse, Rochester and New York City. Its mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services, and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights. CCA, now 40 years old, is a dynamic, growing organization with over 120 staff and a projected 2022 budget of $13 million.

Position Overview:

Focused primarily on government grant opportunities, the Grant Writer position will prepare and submit complete grant applications and/or parts of applications to federal, state and local government funders. While focused on government funding, the position will also have the opportunity to prepare applications to private funders including foundations, corporations, and individuals. The position reports to the Director of Resource Development.


• Research open competitions for federal, state and local grants relevant to CCA program areas.

• Attend and/or lead RFP meetings to assist agency program staff in deciding which RFPs are most suitable for CCA to pursue.

• Prepare summaries of RFPs and tasks lists/timelines for completion of submissions.

• Draft assigned sections of proposals, such as organizational capacity, program design, etc.

• Review, edit and/or proofread proposal documents as assigned.

• Manage grant proposal projects in their entirety, serving both as principal writer and project manager for completion of all required components of the submission.

• Prepare required components for grant submissions, for example, project timelines and job descriptions.

• May also research and submit applications as well as reports to private funders including foundations, corporations, and individuals.

• Manage/handle the submission process for grant submissions, using diverse online portals, which are usually cumbersome and complex.

• Other related tasks as assigned.


• This is not an entry level position. Candidates should have a minimum of 2 years of experience working on government proposals, with a track record of having managed successful grant submissions. Ideally, candidates will have experience with submissions at the federal, state and local levels. Experience with foundation proposals is a plus but not required.

• Outstanding ability to write clear, compelling and grammatically correct narratives.

• Strong project management skills, i.e. ability to manage a large number of moving parts simultaneously, bringing them to conclusion on deadline.

• Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills. Capacity to work collaboratively with staff throughout the agency and across multiple offices, including finance, program, administrative, and executive staff.

• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

• Experience working in the nonprofit sector preferred.

• Experience working in a criminal justice organization, or knowledge of criminal justice issues, is a plus.

• Remote work options are available.

CCA Compensation and Benefits: CCA provides a competitive compensation package with full employee benefits including health/dental, pension (403b plan) with annual contributions from the agency, 4 weeks’ vacation, life insurance, employee assistance program, sick leave, parental and bereavement leave, and 11 paid holidays.

CCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status.
CCA seeks talented, dedicated individuals who possess a strong commitment to CCA’s mission, including those with relevant personal experience in terms of recovery and/or criminal legal system involvement.
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