Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services has been a leading provider of community mental health and substance use services since 1942. With a history stretching back to the Great Depression, Didi Hirsch has established a strong reputation in the communities we serve. We help more than 153,000 children and adults each year from 10 locations and 100 schools throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. We are committed to excellence, diversity and opportunity. We are dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who make a difference in the lives of the clients we serve. We offer a competitive salary along with a full benefits package.
Top Three Reasons to bring your career to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services:
- This is a diverse role, allowing you to expand your skills.
- This is a great opportunity to start building a rewarding career with a leader in community mental health services.
- You will find a strong family-like culture here; people enjoy working together to help some of the most vulnerable members of our communities improve the quality of their lives.
When applying, candidates must include 2 separate proposal examples for (ideally) 2 separate projects in addition to their resume.
Under the direction of the Senior Grants Manager, the Grant Writer supports Didi Hirsch’s grant solicitation activities by working closely with program teams to develop compelling grant proposals in response to solicitations from private and public funding sources. The position’s primary activities include prospect research, reading and analyzing Request for Proposals (RFP) documents, researching relevant studies and statistics, crafting proposals, timely submission and tracking of proposals, and preparing grant reports.
- Researches identifies and qualifies prospective sources of funding from public (government), private (philanthropic), and corporate sources that align with Didi Hirsch’s strategic plan and funding priorities.
- Attends bidders’ conferences and grant workshops.
- Writes and assembles compelling proposals to foundations, corporate funders, and select government agencies, in partnership with the Senior Grants Manager and the program management team.
- Researches information and statistics needed to support proposals and reports.
- Monitors current fundraising trends and developments within the mental health community using published reports and articles.
- Interacts with and responds to questions from foundation and government representatives, coordinates funder site visits when requested, and participates in relevant grant discussions and meetings.
- Works with Senior Grants Manager and development team to ensure that donation acknowledgement letters are sent to foundation funders in a timely manner, and ensure proper follow up with declined requests.
- Maintains grants management database and project calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
- Assists with the preparation of required progress and final reports, including compiling necessary information from program, evaluation and finance staff.
- Ensures administrative compliance with the terms of all grants, including accurate and timely preparation of grant reports.
- Understands and complies with grant administration policies and procedures in accordance with state and federal regulations.
- Maintains internal grant tracking systems and historical records.
- Works with Senior Grants Manager and program management team to prepare customized service reports and program updates for state and local officials.
- Monitors new and pending legislation that will impact the agency’s work. Work with agency leadership team to develop appropriate response (tracking, advocacy and/or soliciting Board involvement.)
- Assists the Development department as needed in crafting communication.
These specifications are general guidelines based upon the minimum, ordinarily considered essential, to satisfactory performance in this position. Individual skills and abilities may result in some deviation from these guidelines.
To perform effectively in this position, the employee in this position is required to have:
- Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, Marketing or other related discipline.
- Minimum of two years’ experience with grant writing.
- Federal, state or local government grant experience, preferred.
- Experience writing grants for healthcare or human services preferred.
- Excellent written communication skills with documented ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals.
- Experience accessing scholarly research and incorporating citations/statistics into proposals.
- Strong editing skills with attention to detail.
- Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
- Knowledge of grant administration systems, processes and budgeting.
- Experience using online databases and other sources to locate information about potential funders.
- Proficiency with spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software.
- A solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants.
- Ability to perform successfully within time constraints and meet deadlines.
- Highly organized with the ability to accurately prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
- Capacity to work independently in a self-directed manner, as well as in close collaboration with others.
- Willingness to abide by the Code of Ethics adopted by the Grant Professionals Association.
- Open to feedback on technical and stylistic writing
- A commitment to team objectives and Didi Hirsch philosophies.
- Interest and knowledge of the communities of Los Angeles.
- Current California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Agency’s insurance carrier.
These requirements are typically met by a combination of education and experience that includes a Bachelor’s degree in English or related field, with a minimum two years of professional experience in a position with primary responsibilities in some mix of grants, philanthropic development, information management and project management.
The employee in this position must be able to perform this job safely, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others.