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Grant Writer

Employer
Accion Opportunity Fund
Location
California, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Grant Seeking, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Administrative, Other Administrative
Fields
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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 *Please note this is a remote position in the US*

THE ORGANIZATION:

Small business owners uplift communities and anchor local economies, while creating opportunities for themselves, their families, their employees, and our neighborhoods. Yet entrepreneurs who are people of color, women, and immigrants often struggle to secure capital and resources, as they are systematically shut out from traditional financing. 

Accion Opportunity Fund Community Development is an unparalleled financial support system that provides these small business owners with access to capital, networks, and coaching. We work to build inclusive and accessible options for these determined business owners. For over 25 years we have served a client base that is nearly 90% women, people of color, or immigrants. 

In addition to providing resources and loans to small businesses, we also conduct original research, advocate for policy changes, and finance community construction projects in low-income neighborhoods through our New Markets Tax Credit program.

Together, we are building a diverse, vibrant community where opportunity, knowledge, and access to capital are within reach.

For more information about us, visit https://aofund.org/

 

ROLE SUMMARY: 

  • AOF is seeking a Grant Writer that is responsible for the execution of grant-related activities for Accion Opportunity Fund, including grant research, writing, prospecting, data collection, compliance, and analysis. Essential functions of this position include researching funding opportunities, writing successful proposals, project management, as well as ensuring compliance with grant agreements and reporting requirements. The position will collaborate with members of the development team on institutional fundraising and grant management strategies and processes.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience researching and writing compelling narratives under tight deadlines for diverse audiences and communicating organizational impact through storytelling. We are seeking an individual that is growth-minded and strategic, with an ability to discover new funding opportunities. This includes conducting prospect research as well as pursing giving and sponsorship opportunities to help strengthen and diversity AOF’s corporate and institutional donor base. 

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Grant Writing and Grant Coordination 

  • Research, write and submit compelling grant proposals and reports, including supporting budgets, and any required attachments and data. Provide detailed information, including both qualitative information and quantitative data, on AOF’s efforts and impact. 
  • Help manage grants, reporting, pipeline and status updates, track restricted grants, and make sure funding is in line with programmatic objectives.
  • Review and evaluate opportunities to improve the project management best practices to achieve higher maturity in project portfolio management.
  • Liaise with program staff and other departments to develop solid understanding and narratives of organization’s programs, initiatives, and history.
  • Work with fundraisers, finance team and program staff to formulate budgets for proposals and review financials for reports.
  • Work with data and analytics team to secure and analyze impact data for reporting and narrative development.
  • Contribute to institutional reporting and planning by providing compliance updates and consolidated status reports to senior management on regular basis. 
  • Help maintain database of grant records, funding sources, priority areas, and deadlines.
  • Produce timely communication and briefings related to for institutional funders, track reporting deadlines and deliverables and ensure timely reporting to funders.
  • Ensure the accuracy of program data, particularly as it relates to external communication.
  • Prospecting and Team Support 

  • Research and identify prospects and help prioritize new grant opportunities in line with departmental needs. Provide prospect profiles, track and report on all prospect activities. 
  • Collect and maintain up-to-date research on potential grant-making organizations and grant/contract opportunities; determine and assess eligibility criteria and deadlines.
  • Help compile and analyze various data points to measure prospect’s strength and fundraising viability.
  • Stay current on best practices and trends in research and prospect management; help brainstorm new projects and processes to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Provide support as needed to development team staff in preparation for large partner/prospect/board meetings.
  • Assist with stewardship tactics and ensure institutional donors are properly acknowledged on public and private platforms per their giving preferences (including annual report, social media mentions, event sponsorships, etc). 
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    MUST HAVES: 

    • A minimum of (4) years professional experience working in non-profit grant writing, preferably within economic development.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Finance or Business, Political Science or Public Administration but relevant experience and/or other training/certification may be substituted.
  • Experience with grant-based project implementation required.
  • Track record of writing compelling and persuasive grants that secure at least six-figures investments. 
  • Skilled in organizing resources and workload, using good judgment to establish priorities while working in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify problems, participate in discussions and develop/recommend solutions.
    • Ability to work independently, as well as strong collaboration and relationship building skills 
    • Commitment to community development and the organization’s mission of empowering under-invested small business owners.
  • Energetic, positive attitude, adaptable, and a good sense of humor.
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    NICE TO HAVES: 

  • Experience in fundraising for economic development, financial health and/or Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)
    • Solid understanding of non-profit administrative, financial management and operational processes. 
  • Experience with CRM and Donor Databases such as Salesforce
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    PERKS AND BENEFITS:

    Our mission is what motivates us to come to work each day. We know that happy employees are productive employees, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • An environment that values work-life balance and monthly remote work reimbursements.
  • 100% company-funded Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability coverage for employees (Based upon your plan selection). 90% company-funded dependent coverage (Based upon your plan selection) as well as Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Voluntary benefits with payroll deduction for Supplemental Life & AD&D insurance and legal plans.
  • Tax deferred & Roth 403(b) Retirement Plan with employer match. 
  • Paid vacation days (increased with tenure), 12 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, 10 Sick days, and paid parental leave.
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    We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at Accion Opportunity Fund. AOF does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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