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Grants Officer

Supervisor: Managing Director for Foundation and Government Support

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 32 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.

The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

In partnership with and co-located at The Door, Broome Street Academy is a unique charter high school that prepares New York City's most vulnerable youth for a successful future through rigorous academics paired with supports of The Door. Broome Street Academy serves 330 students annually in grades 9 – 12.

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: Low 50K, plus generous benefits

Contact: Submit cover letter, resume, and two writing samples APPLY

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