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Grant Writer, Boston 🔥


Organization

BUILD envisions a world where all students—regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or neighborhood— develop the skills and connections needed to achieve economic power and freedom. Through our 3-year entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning program, BUILD ignites the power of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunity, preparing students to become the CEO of their own lives. Aligned to 21-century skills development, social-emotional learning, Common Core foundations and Career Technical Education standards, BUILD provides the entrepreneurial curriculum, coaching & connections that bring learning to life. Through our dynamic blended learning programs, educators are able to integrate BUILD’s core projects into existing courses, pathways, and out of school programs. We help partners bridge the gap between high school and post-secondary achievement in college, career, and entrepreneurship.


BUILD currently serves over 2,000 high school students annually; located in our Regional Hubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. Using our dynamic open-source intro offerings we’ve trained and equipped thousands of educators who engage tens of thousands of  students in more than 100 cities. Over the next three years, we aim to reach hundreds of thousands more, building a vibrant  coalition of entrepreneurial educators, students, alumni, strategic partners, and volunteers, dedicated to ensuring entrepreneurship education–and the opportunities it brings–is accessible to youth in every under-resourced community in the nation. For more information, please visit www.build.org. 


Our Culture:

BUILD is made up of a diverse, results driven and passionate team who believe in the potential of every student and the power of entrepreneurship to transform the education landscape. We work in a collaborative environment where perseverance, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion, including cross-cultural understanding. Kindness, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teachers and our supporters. We believe in the potential of every student and are dedicated to breaking down the educational, economic and social barriers that stand in the way of their long-term success. The remarkable young people whom we serve are at the center of everything we do. We are intentional about our culture so that we can best support them. 

Position Summary:

The Grant Writer (GW) is a critical team member responsible for securing grant funding, which supports approximately 40% of the general operating budget. The GW will manage a robust portfolio of existing and potential funding sources, requiring a solid combination of skills in grant writing, time management, organization, detail-oriented, documentation, communication, and teamwork.


The GW will inherit a robust portfolio of long-term and committed funders. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone to play a key role in contributing to the organization’s growth and ensure that BUILD has a vibrant culture of philanthropy. 


This position is a member of the National Development Team and reports to the Boston Director of Philanthropy. The GW will support the grant needs for the Boston region and become a member of the Boston team; however, may have opportunities to support the National Office and other Regions, as needed. The GW will be a part of a talented group of colleagues across BUILD’s regional and national departments who serve as thought partners and support to one another.

Position Responsibilities include 

  • Grant Writing – Track, write, and submit compelling applications for mostly corporate and foundation funding opportunities 
  • Grant Reporting –Track, write, and submit progress and final reports, including compiling necessary information from program and finance staff, in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge Building - Develop an exceptional working understanding of BUILD’s program, data, funding priorities, and strategic plans to use in grant submissions and reports.
  • Pipeline Development – Increase BUILD’s pipeline by sourcing new funding opportunities  aligned with BUILD’s mission. Research target foundations’ grants, awarded amounts, guidelines, and deadlines.
  • External Communications - Support the execution of quarterly regional email communications to update BUILD’s stakeholders on the impact of their support and partnership in collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy and the National Communications team.
  • Operations - Lead grant-writing operations, including updating the Grant Toolkit with current program information and data and working with the National development team to share and organize content that is current, easy to source, and reflective of best practices across regions.
  • Documentation and Tracking - Ensure timely entry of opportunities, actions, meetings, and other relevant information and communications in the CRM (Raiser’s Edge). Utilized the CRM for tracking and managing grant-related deadlines.
  • Communication and Team Work - Ability to work with a diverse and multidisciplinary team and lead or participate in meetings with funders.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and annual retreats and support programmatic events as needed (this may include virtual engagement in student sessions or assistance to an all-hands-on-deck event.) These time commitments are flexible, but candidates should expect in-person engagement at least 1-2X per quarter.

Qualifications:

Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing, organizational, time management, communication, and computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite; Google apps). The candidate must be highly organized, use independent judgment, and produce a consistently high-quality work product within tight time constraints and competing deadlines.


  • Passionate commitment to BUILD’s mission, vision, and strategic direction.
  • At least 2-4 years of proven success with grant writing with a strong understanding and experience in managing the range of responsibilities and tasks of a GW and successful grant writing.
  • Familiarity with donor management software, Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of nonprofit organizational budgeting and/or creation of grant proposals and report budgets.
  • Working knowledge of prospect research methods for institutional donors.
  • Ability to work in partnership with others to complete assigned projects; experience in effectively collaborating with remote colleagues desirable.
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, dynamic, deadline-driven environment with humor and flexibility.

Successful candidates will demonstrate BUILD’s Core Values and competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:


BUILD’s Core Values:

  • Keep Students at the Center - As BUILDers, we hold an unwavering, passionate commitment and belief in the power and potential of youth.  Our organization exists to serve students. We seize each opportunity to contribute to the foundation of knowledge, skills, and networks from which students can build extraordinary lives. Our operating principles and decisions focus on what is in the best interest of our students. 
  • Bring the Spark - As BUILDers, we excel in the entrepreneurial Spark Skills that we teach our students - Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit, and Self-Management. We communicate through transparent and honest dialogue. We cherish teamwork, tenacity, and thinking outside the box. We demonstrate a relentless pursuit of excellence and approach work with a positive can-do attitude. When we bring the spark, we achieve great things together and model the way for our students. 
  • Bridge Communities - As BUILDers, we develop and foster relationships in service of creating access and opportunities for our students, staff, and stakeholders. We value all who come to the table as partners to maximize our collective impact. By connecting the communities in which we work, we build empathy, equity, and social capital. 
  • Promote Diversity and Social Action - As BUILDers, we understand that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion matter, but what matters even more, is Action. We strive to create equity of voice, access, influence, and power across lines of difference – both in and beyond BUILD, specifically for groups that have been historically denied social and economic justice. If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem. We welcome, celebrate, and embrace the unique expressions and contributions of us all – our backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, and social class. 

Role Specific Competencies:

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:

  • Customer Service Orientation - Anticipate and respond promptly and professionally to requests and needs from all key stakeholders, setting clear expectations while taking other perspectives into account.
  • Written Communication - Utilize writing skills to effectively communicate a message particular to an audience and to meet relevant goals, using a clear, concise, and compelling style with appropriate language, correct grammar, and spelling.
  • Targeting Message to Audience - Ascertain the priorities of a particular individual or group and craft persuasive written or verbal communication given those priorities.
  • Attention to detail - Accomplish a task with a thorough and precise focus on every component of the project, no matter how small or time-consuming.
  • Project Management -  Identify the steps of a project, set appropriate deadlines, identify required participants, and hold self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines.
  • Perseverance - Self-motivated and motivates others to relentlessly pursue the organization’s goals, strategies, and mission.

Position Details:

  • Full-Time, 40 hours per week, self-directed. 
  • Location: Boston preferred but open to candidates residing in MA, NH and RI.  This role is primarily remote/flexible, with in-person commitments including meetings, BUILD staff retreats and program events in Boston (approx. 1-2X per week) 
  • This is a Boston-specific position that reports to the Boston Director of Philanthropy

Compensation:

The salary for the Grant Writer position ranges from $70-80k annually in accordance with BUILD’s equity focused salary bands.  BUILD offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees. This includes employer paid medical, dental & vision coverage, flexible spending accounts (FSA), employer paid life insurance, and a 403(b) plan with match.  In addition, eligible BUILD employees qualify for generous vacation, sick, paid Federal holidays, and December 24 through January 1 off, a flexible work environment, professional development and additional stipends for stretch projects.


Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to apply for this position.  BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position. 


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification. At BUILD, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. If you’re excited about this role, but your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!

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