Caminar – Grants Development Specialist

Under supervision of the Director of Grants & Communications, the Grants Development Specialist will be responsible for researching, developing, writing, and coordinating funding proposals for foundations, corporations, and government agencies (city, county, state, and federal). The Grants Development Specialist also will manage a portfolio of awarded grants, including stewardship and reporting. In this role, you will work in close coordination with the marketing/communications team and the individual giving team to advance the mission of Caminar. 
This position may be a fit for you if you have grant writing, grants management, or project management experience; thrive working both as a team and independently; have excellent writing, research, and critical thinking skills; and attend to details.

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Program/Dept: Marketing and Revenue Development
Reports to: Director of Grants & Communications
Classification: Regular, Full Time, Exempt 
Compensation: $70-80k annually + Full Benefits Package

Agency Description

For more than 50 years, Caminar has been empowering and supporting individuals and families to move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. The agency employs close to 500 of the most dedicated professionals serving the communities of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, San Francisco, and Butte counties.
Caminar has been growing, with three new divisions added since January 2017. This expansion affords the experienced grants professional rich opportunities to learn about fundamental issues affecting the health and well-being of our communities, be creative, and make a difference in the lives of people with complex needs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as lead coordinator and writer on assigned government, foundation, and corporate proposals. In this role, lead research, data gathering, strategic planning, meetings, writing, and overall coordination for assigned proposals.

  • Develop and implement stewardship strategies for a portfolio of funding partners in order to establish and cultivate good relationships.

  • Research grant and contract opportunities. Complete competitive analysis, strategy recommendations, and assessments of grant opportunities and government RFPs.

  • Craft, edit, and review letters of intent, abstracts, and full proposals, including preparation of budgets and attachments.

  • Facilitate cross-functional communication and collaboration with program leadership to develop specific, relevant, and achievable goals and objectives for contracts and proposals.

  • Coordinate with the Finance Department to present accurate and compliant budgets and to fulfill reporting requirements.

  • Strategically craft and submit high-quality private grant and public contract proposals and reports that comply with guidelines.

  • Represent the organization at proposers’ conferences, information sessions, and funder and community meetings. May require travel throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Coordinate site visits and meetings with current and prospective funders.

  • Continuously improve the quality of proposals and reports in coordination with program directors, the grants team, and finance staff and through ongoing professional development.

  • Build and maintain expert knowledge of agency programs and issue areas, follow research findings and trends, and use this knowledge to prepare accurate, comprehensive, and persuasive funding requests and reports and to steward funders.

  • Participate in development department meetings and grants team meetings. Assist with department and marketing projects, such as special events, as needed.

  • Complete all necessary administrative tasks efficiently and on time as assigned. Includes, but is not limited to: organizing and creating data collection systems for writing and reporting purposes, and providing monthly grant and contact activity reports and updates. 

Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • Commitment to Caminar's mission.

  • Minimum of BA/BS from an accredited college/university.

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in proposal/grant writing in a nonprofit or government setting. Experience developing proposals for >$1M programs. 

  • Prior experience developing proposals for mental health, substance use, and/or other health or human services strongly preferred.

  • Prior experience with city, county, or federal grant or contract proposals.

  • Knowledge of and experience applying grant writing principles, techniques, and ethics.

  • Knowledge of the behavioral health field, human services field, and/or agency issue areas.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including skills in persuasive writing, writing for diverse audiences, and writing per specifications (e.g., word counts).

  • Excellent time management skills, with the proven ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously.

  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment, including email and Internet navigation required. 

  • Skilled at working both independently and collaboratively. 

  • Strong statistical and analytical skills. Comfortable working with budgets and spreadsheets.

  • Problem Solving—Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully. 

  • Quality Management—Looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness. 

  • Planning/Organizing—Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.

  • Adaptability—Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.

  • Dependability—is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.

  • Safety and Security—the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly. 

  • Must be a dynamic self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently on special projects.  

  • Respects confidentiality.

Special Requirements: 

  • Please include a writing sample with your application.

  • Must be able to meet and receive a criminal records clearance, as required by Title XXII, other licensing regulations, and Caminar practices.

  • This position may be required to maintain a valid California driver license, an MVR sufficient to obtain and reasonably maintain insurability under agency auto liability policies, personal auto insurance, and reliable personal vehicle

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