Reports to Director of Development and Communications
Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
At Gads Hill Center we envision a community in which all children benefit from healthy, financially stable households that support their early learning and growth. We invest in the potential of children and families through early childhood education, youth programs, and mental health supports. Ultimately, Gads Hill Center builds a community where all families can help their children have access to quality education in order to succeed in school and life.
The Senior Grant Writer is responsible for supporting all aspects of Gads Hill Center’s solicitation of philanthropic support from corporations, foundations, and government sources. Along with the Director of Development and Communications, this individual will design and implement a solicitation strategy that includes prospect identification and proposal and report writing. The Senior Grant Writer must have excellent communication and presentation skills, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and demonstrate commitment to excellence, innovation, teamwork, and sustainable growth.
Achieve annual fund-raising goal for corporate, foundation, and government giving as a team effort.
Conduct full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and reports.
Maintain up to date running lists of priority grants for the application process.
Work closely with program staff to conceptualize, write and/or edit requests for funding, review program evaluation data, and carry out the documentation required grant submission and reports.
Review all proposal budgets with CFO and provides financial tracking of grants to funding sources.
Manage the timely reporting of progress and evaluation of all grant-funded programs.
Maintain current demographic data as well as information on issues and trends of the communities that Gads Hill Center serves.
Write corporate sponsorship packages for special events.
Assist with the development of the annual report and complete other writing projects as assigned.
Assist other members of the Development team by writing projects, preparing for and attending events, meetings, and other activities as requested.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in English, communications, or a related field.
At least 3 – 5 years of grant writing experience.
At least 5 years of non-profit experience.
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
Track record of exhibiting strong initiative and ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve goals.
Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
Highly organized and exceptional attention to details and deadlines.
Excellent computer fluency, effectively utilize Microsoft Office
Ability to pass a criminal background check and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Schedule: Full time
Status: Salary, Low 40s
Location: 1919 W. Cullerton Street, Chicago IL 60608
To apply, send resume, cover letter, transcripts and writing sample by e-mail to:
Human Resources Manager
Additional Salary Information: Free Basic Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Free Short Term Disability Insurance, Free Long Term Disability Insurance
403B Retirement Plan and match after 2 years.
10 paid Holidays
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.