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Grants Officer

Supervisor: Managing Director for Foundation and Government Support

Overview: University Settlement (, The Door (, and Broome Street Academy ( are three affiliated New York City nonprofits that tackle the complex issues surrounding poverty for over 40,000 New Yorkers each year. The Grants Officer is an essential member of a dynamic Institutional Giving team that manages all foundation and government support for all three agencies. The ideal candidate will have a clear and demonstrated passion for communicating the work of the agencies through their writing, participating in the program development process, and promoting social justice.


  • Write letters of inquiry, proposals, government Requests For Proposals (RFPs), renewal requests, and interim and final reports to private foundation and government funders.
  • Prepare and package complete proposal and report packages for private foundation and government RFP applications, including all attachments and standard forms.
  • Facilitate the completion of government contract packages, coordinating with senior management. 
  • Manage the proposal and report deadlines for a set of program areas at University Settlement and The Door by maintaining and updating the agencies' grant calendars and action sheets.
  • Coordinate the successful completion of multiple proposal and report deadlines with senior development managers.
  • Maintain accurate donor records and files for University Settlement and The Door.
  • Contribute to the gap-closing process and program expansion efforts by helping to develop the approach and identifying new sources of support through prospect research for new private foundation funders and the review of government RFPs.
  • Retain up-to-date knowledge about assigned programs and program developments; broker effective working relationships with program directors and finance officers. 
  • Assist with special events and complete other relevant tasks as assigned by supervisor.


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree from accredited institution and at least two years of grant writing experience required
  • Superior writing and communication skills, with emphasis on proposal writing
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects and effectively set priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a robust portfolio of funders and demonstrated success securing funding of all types, including upgraded funding and new funders
  • Excellent critical thinking skills as related to creating coherent logic models for funding proposals, analyzing and synthesizing program design from program colleagues, and integrating the nuances of funders' particular interests in advancing a body of work into our approach
  • Excellent computer skills including data base, word processing
  • Ability to work efficiently in a deadline-driven environment
  • Knowledge of foundation and funding worlds (in related, non-profit fields a plus)
  • Excellent donor relations skills
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a team
  • Ability to work with and relate to board members, foundation/government contacts, and program directors
  • Must be available for occasional evening events

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: 50K, plus generous benefits 

Contact: Submit two (2) writing samples along with resume and cover letter for consideration APPLY

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