ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT COVER LETTER WITH RESUME
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.
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
• 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
• Manage/handle the submission process for grant submissions,
using diverse online portals, which are usually cumbersome and
• 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
• 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
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
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
Please submit cover letters and resumes to