Over the past 20 years, UNITE-LA has established itself as a trusted business intermediary, dedicated to supporting the development of an effective local public education system, so that ALL children and youth succeed in college, career and beyond. Through the intersection of programming, policy, and systems change efforts, UNITE-LA works to increase access to high-quality early childhood education, develop career pathways in high-growth industries, improve college access and success, and ensure workforce readiness, especially for individuals with high barriers into the workforce.
The Grant Writer is a part of UNITE-LA’s development team and reports to the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. This position will strengthen and build the department’s grant and report writing activities in support of its annual $5M budget. The ideal candidate enjoys writing, facilitating discussions around proposal development and theory of change, be highly organized and deadline-driven, flexible and demonstrate a strong commitment to education transformation. It is a salaried, non-exempt position with full benefits, including paid sick leave, vacation, 401(k) participation, health, vision and dental.
Writing & Editing
- Writes high-quality concept papers, letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports for current and prospective foundation, individual, and corporate supporters.
- Creates compelling, persuasive, well-structured grant narratives through the use of effective storytelling, relevant data, and superior prose—while effectively tying UNITE-LA’s needs to funder priorities.
- Produces timely grant requests, corporate sponsorship requests, and individual donor appeals, including the board of directors’ annual appeal.
- Helps to prepare briefings, talking points, presentations, and collateral materials for senior leadership and other staff in advance of donor meetings.
- Leads and coordinates research, development, writing, packaging and submission of grant proposals.
- Works with staff and the Finance Director to develop grant budgets.
- Develops ongoing funder communications through letters, website updates, the annual report, and other marketing materials, etc.
Coordination & Project Management
- Develops the organization’s fundraising and development proposal/report work plans, including forecasting grant and report work flow and capacity.
- Works with Directors and appropriate staff to compile mission stories, financials and data.
- Coordinate and project manage UNITE-LA’s 30+ member team around the production, refinement and execution of grant and corporate sponsorship requests and report submissions.
- Manages grant and report submissions.
Track and Report on Grant Submissions Data
- Manages donor and development database, and tracks fundraising progress including number of grants submitted, number of large, medium and small grants pursued, percent success, total amount awarded, etc.
- Serves as support personnel on special projects and at annual events.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Proven track record in securing grant funding from a variety of sources including; federal, state and local government entities and private and corporate foundations.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
- Grant writing and donor communications experience required.
- 4-6 years relevant work experience, preferably with a non-profit or public entity (advanced education may compensate for some work experience).
- Highly motivated and organized with strong attention to detail.
- Ability to work well and on-task independently and as a part of a team.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to produce a large quantity of work at high quality.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and internet research.
- Donor database management experience preferred.
- Experience working with diverse groups of partners, donors and volunteers.
Salary Range: $55,000 - $60,000. Commensurate based on experience.
UNITE-LA is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.
We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.