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Grant Writer and Development Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY 

Responsible for all aspects of raising support from foundations, corporations, and government sources requiring researching opportunities and writing full grant proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects, specifically capital and endowment support. Building partnerships between Concordia University Texas and public and private organizations that share a similar commitment to education, the Director is actively engaged in researching opportunities, working to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the University.

POSITION FUNCTIONS

  • Grant Writing: Write and coordinate full grant proposals and reports to foundations, corporations and select government agencies as determined by the grants calendar and grant reporting requirements. Foster the growth and implementation of best practices for all grant-related functions, including proposal-writing, budget development, and data integrity. Research and compile pertinent institutional information for projects requiring funding. This includes meeting with or contacting various departments within the university to garner information to be incorporated into case statements, letters of intent, proposals and reports.
  • Research & Planning: Identify corporate and foundation prospects and develop effective solicitation strategies to secure funding for campus priority initiatives. Strategically link institution and programmatic initiatives with opportunities for fundraising. Lead or participate in initiatives and workgroups that might result in or impact grant funding. Make informed and well-prepared presentations on major funding decisions; lead conversation on benefits and risks of a particular grant. Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants. Follow relevant news and grant trends as it relates to Concordia’s needs, including federal and budget processes.
  • Goal Setting: Set annual personal goals, including: writing proposals, dollars raised, types and amounts of gifts sought; self-improvement goals; adding foundation prospects to database; planned activities with constituents.
  • Foundation Relationship Development: Understand institutional history and programs and ability to summarize into well written proposals. Develop, foster and maximize relationships with institutional and private funders. Maintain thorough knowledge of current and planned programs and priority initiatives for the purposes of accurately and persuasively communicating achievements and goals to prospective donors.
  • All other duties as assigned

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS   

  • Ability to articulate and model the Concordia University Texas mission, vision and values
  • Master’s degree preferred with a minimum of five years of experience and provable track record in successful grant research and writing
  • Working knowledge of MS Office products
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to set and communicate priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to monitor progress and track results
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to foster teamwork and supervise support staff
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Working knowledge of gift accounting regulations

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Requires non-traditional work hours including weekends and evenings

 

Commitment to the Concordia Mission

Concordia University Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Concordia University Texas empowers students of all backgrounds to lead lives of critical thought, compassionate action and courageous leadership. As a liberal arts university, Concordia develops the mind, heart, soul, and body, preparing leaders for lives of service. As a private, faith-based university, employees must be supportive of our mission. We actively seek candidates who have professional skills, experience, and willingness to strengthen campus diversity, equity, and inclusion in support of our mission as an institution and our strategic plan. To the extent allowed by law, we reserve the right to give preference in employment based upon religion. Concordia does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, and any other basis protected by law.

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