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Grant Writer

After School Matters

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted June 10, 2021.

After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.

Since 1991, more than 350,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, in Belmont Cragin at our Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters, and in the Pullman community at the new Gately Center for After School Matters.

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As a key member of the After School Matters Advancement Team, the Grant Writer position is responsible for supporting the organization’s fundraising goals by carrying out all grants processes including, but not limited to, researching and identifying new prospective donors, writing grant proposals and reports, and cultivating positive relationships with funders.

This is a great opportunity for an individual with great attention to detail, a passion for persuasive writing and an interest in advancing the work and mission of After School Matters.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Research, identify and cultivate new funding and grant opportunities from local, regional and national foundations, as well as corporate foundations.

Write and edit clear, accurate, and persuasive letters of intent, grant proposals and reports that are tailored to each funder’s focus areas, mission, specifications, and deadlines; collaborate with Senior Manager of Institutional Giving as a thought partner.

Collaborate with various departments to request supporting information and documentation, such as program budgets, and translate that information in a way that will persuade the donor.

Work with designated program staff to set expectations for funding allocated to programs, understand program developments, and update proposals and reports accordingly.

Frequently review youth development research and include relevant facts and statistics to craft compelling and current issue statements.

Update and maintain grants tracker with all submission deadlines.

Assist with collection, input, and maintenance of donor information into Raiser’s Edge database to ensure records are accurate and up-to-date.

Cultivate and maintain relationships with funding partners via phone, email and/or mail communications.
Other duties:
Assist the Development Team with events, including volunteer workshops and the Annual Gala.

Support the overall strategic efforts of the Development Team.

Other duties as requested.
Physical Demands:
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent writing skills.

Ability to write clearly, accurately, concisely and professionally in grant submissions, email correspondence, and other written documentation Exceptional organizational skills.

Ability to manage concurrent projects and deadlines and identify priorities in a fast-paced, high-volume, results-oriented work environment Strong attention to detail, particularly with regard to funder specifications and deadlines Strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize financial information and program data and communicate conclusions through writing and speaking Strong interpersonal skills.

Ability to work collaboratively with internal team-members and serve as a positive representative of the organization to external audiences Capacity to work on and complete projects independently
Candidates must have 2-3 years of grant writing experience at a nonprofit and one of these requirements: either (1) BS/BA degree or (2) GED/HS and:3-4 years of additional technical/professional or grant-writing writing experience Experience with Raiser’s Edge or CRM software preferred Ability to work about 10 evenings and up to 4 weekends per year
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter and resume at:
After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.
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