Position Purpose: The Grant Writer is a critical member of Esperanza’s External Affairs team who will support the Director of Government and Foundation Relations in creating and executing a grants revenue plan of $4M. Responsibilities include assisting with grant submissions and LOIs, collecting data and patient stories for reports and other funder communications, managing Esperanza’s grant submission calendar, prospecting for new sources of support, scheduling and preparing staff for site visits, attending funder informational sessions and assisting with other tasks as needed.
Corporate Philosophy: It is the obligation of each employee of Esperanza Health Centers to abide by and promote the mission and values of the Health Center to ensure that excellent and compassionate services are delivered to all.
To deliver health and hope for Chicago’s underserved communities.
Bringing compassion, respect and understanding to all those we serve
Striving for excellence and innovation in every aspect of our work
Building a shared sense of community where every person feels welcome and at home
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Research and evaluate private and public funding opportunities for general operations, capital support and special programs.
2. Write private, state and federal grant proposals and budgets that reflect program goals, activities, outcomes and funder expectations; conduct any required research or analysis of community and health center needs and assets.
3. Cultivate and maintain relationships with corporate and foundation program officers and executive staff.
4. Coordinate site visits with leadership and program management staff.
5. Collaborate with program staff and community partners to plan program goals, activities, and outcomes; orient appropriate staff to grant goals, deliverables, and outcomes upon grant award.
6. Compile and analyze patient and health center data to produce proposals and funding reports.
7. Develop and maintain an annual and monthly schedule of funding requests and reports
8. Assist the External Affairs team with special events and outreach activities, as needed
9. Assist with developing foundation newsletters and/or updates
10. Other duties as assigned.
General Job Requirements:
1. Three to five years of grant writing experience
2. Strong organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines and handle time-sensitive responsibilities.
3. Familiarity with local philanthropic partners and resources desired
4. Strong research skills and extreme attention to detail expected
5. Exceptional written and verbal communication is a must
6. Ability to think creatively and strategically and be a self-starting, independent worker is required
7. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well as part of a team
8. Proficiency in MS Office products. Knowledge of Adobe products desired
Education: Bachelor's degree required. Masters degree a plus.
Experience: Three to five years of grant writing experience preferred.
Esperanza Health Centers serves an area that is in great need of quality healthcare. Families in Esperanza's service area experience significant economic, educational, and health disparities. More than 53 percent of residents live below twice the poverty level. Large portions of Esperanza's service area have been designated as a Medically Underserved Area and a Health Professional Shortage Area by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
All of our full-time providers and all of our clinical staff are bilingual and bicultural. Our services and programs are carefully tailored to the needs and culture of the communities we serve.
Esperanza Health Centers is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
To promote healthy lifestyles & improve our patients’ health through the provision of high quality health care and wellness services in the communities of Chicago’s southwest side.
Esperanza means hope in Spanish. In living up to its name, Esperanza Health Centers envisions healthy communities where resources are woven together, allowing community residents to realize their... full potential through optimum health regardless of immigration status, race/ethnicity, income or ability to obtain insurance.
HOPE: eliminating barriers that restrict access to quality health care.
HEALTH: impacting the community by providing quality integrated primary care and behavioral health services.
FAMILY: building our communities by helping families with prevention and self-care education.