The Carroll Center for the Blind is seeking an enthusiastic, professional Grant Writer to join our dynamic team to write, edit, and provide support for funding proposal opportunities that targets corporate and foundations gifts as they relate to our organization’s objectives. The Grant Writer will maintain existing and identify new funding opportunities, develop, and organize the yearly calendar and generate grant progress reports. The Grant Writer will work directly with the Development Director, President and CEO, Senior Staff and Board Members to achieve these goals.
Each year, The Carroll Center for the Blind helps more than 4,000 blind or visually impaired children, adults and senior citizens gain the skills they need to live active and fulfilling lives. Our Newton campus houses our rehabilitation program, computer training classes, low vision store, and administrative offices. A large portion of our programs are services conducted in public schools, in clients’ homes, and in the community.
- Writes and edits funding requests including letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, reports, and grant applications. (This includes a current portfolio as well as new opportunities).
- Coordinates the grant process from identification to submission including production of proposal materials, such as cover letters, narratives, application forms, project budgets, photographs and maps, board & staff lists.
- Maintains the grant calendar of applications and proposals and keeps our database updated with proposals and all grant related communications.
- Works closely with funders to define proposal and report strategies.
- Actively researches new funding opportunities.
- Tracks communications in the funding database.
- Ensures key deliverables are submitted to donors on time, meeting internal/external deadlines.
- Assists the Director of Development in representing The Carroll Center for the Blind externally with significant foundation funders and foundation prospects on phone calls, face-to face meetings and site visits. Participates in these meetings, and other cultivation and solicitation activity.
- Provides writing support to Director of Development as needed.
- Will maintain general safety practices and perform various cleaning and disinfecting duties to support a clean workplace environment.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications or English or a minimum of 1-year grant-writing experience required.
- Internship experience in a Development environment with a successful track record of generating grant revenue from foundations and corporations preferred.
- Excellent verbal/written communication, proofreading, interpersonal and organizational skills, the ability to execute program objectives and persuasively impart The Carroll Center for the Blind’s mission and needed resources to potential donors is essential.
- Strong working knowledge of best practices and data management required.
- Must have the ability to make grant deadlines which may include working additional hours.
- Strong working knowledge using Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Sheets, and Google Docs required, Raiser’s Edge experience desirable.
We offer a generous benefits package to include health and dental coverage (70% employer paid), vison, Flexible Spending Account, 3 weeks accrued vacation, personal day, 12 accrued sick days, 11 holidays and a retirement program (403b) with up to a 3% employer match.
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The Carroll Center for the Blind is a private, non-profit agency located in Newton, Massachusetts that serves persons of All Ages and All Stages of Vision Loss. We are close to Boston, Cambridge, Wellesley, Watertown, Waltham, Allston/Brighton, and on public transit routes.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The Carroll Center for the Blind (CCB) is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and always fosters acceptance for everyone. We offer fair opportunities to all qualified persons in recruitment and selection, employment, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, transfers, promotions, social activities, and the use of CCB’s facilities. CCB welcomes all qualified applicants and ensures that everyone will receive equal consideration for employment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, military, or veteran status, political or union affiliation, or any other categories protected by Federal or State law.
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