OrganizationHabitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineApril 30, 2023
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$50,000-55,000
Phone(434) 293-9066


Habitat for Humanity is currently seeking a full-time Grant Writer and Manager.

The Grant Writer and Manager (GWM) reports to the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) and will serve as a visionary partner in leading the grant seeking activities of the affiliate – from opportunity identification through proposal development and submission. The GWM will proactively identify potential funding opportunities, lead teams of internal and external stakeholders to prepare competitive proposals, gather and write content for applications, and ensure that the affiliate is focused on maximizing public and private grant revenues through aggressively pursuing funding aligned with Habitat’s mission, needs, and programs. The GWM will serve as a resource to Habitat staff, while also developing strong external relationships with the affiliate’s public and private funding partners.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and 1-3 writing samples to apply.

Job Duties

  1. Lead Habitat’s grant seeking activities, from identification to proposal submission, including:
    1. Research potential grant opportunities, with an eye toward uncovering new funding sources aligned with the affiliate’s highest priorities
    2. Prepare and submit competitive requests for external funding, which may include: Writing, editing, budget development, and logistical support; Distilling complex program guidelines and regulations into easily understandable funding priorities, parameters, and timelines; Convening funding teams of subject matter experts; Seeking assistance/content from colleagues across the affiliate; Managing the proposal development process – whether serving as lead or supporting key personnel/external partners – and providing guidance (including detailed proposal timelines and follow-up) for colleagues involved in each collaborative proposal
  2. Work closely with the Grants Compliance Manager to:
    1. Review budgets prior to submission, with an eye toward post-award compliance and accounting
    2. Ensure seamless coordination of all pre-award and post-award functions, including data transfer and coordinated hand-off with funders
    3. Provide assistance for reporting and audits, as needed
  3. Build strong relationships with program officers and agency staff to create open communication channels, determine “fit” for upcoming deadlines, and receive feedback on submissions; engage affiliate leadership in conversations, as appropriate
  4. Maintain awareness of the affiliate’s funding priorities and facilitate regular brainstorming sessions with key internal colleagues and connect with local partners to gain perspective on emerging funders/themes/approaches
  5. Create and manage grants calendar, including recurring and new funding opportunities
  6. Lead monthly affiliate-wide grants meeting; prepare agenda as well as detailed post-meeting summaries with action items and assignments
  7. Serve as a critical member of the Advancement team, working collaboratively with colleagues across the affiliate to promote and facilitate a culture of philanthropy and active grant seeking
  8. Achieve proficiency in Advancement’s donor database and record management system (CRM)
  9. Participate in and contribute to standing meetings

Skills Required

  • 3+ years of grant prospecting and writing; federal and state grant experience strongly preferred
  • Exceptional project management, written communication, and editing skills
  • Knowledge of best practices in prospect identification and relationship development
  • Strong financial acumen and ability to develop complex budgets
  • Facility with related technology, including a variety of online grant portals and submission methods
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to gather information and synthesize narrative content from multiple sources
  • Positive and professional attitude, with the ability to collaborate effectively and manage up
  • Bias toward action, adaptability, mature judgment, and a sense of humor
  • Commitment to affordable housing

Additional Info

Benefits include: Health insurance with employee premium covered in full, dental and vision insurance, health savings account with employer contribution, 20 days of paid time off and 9 paid holidays, mobile phone allowance, 401(k) retirement account with company contribution, and discount on purchases at the Habitat Store located in the City of Charlottesville.

Habitat for Humanity is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Women, minorities, and protected individuals such as those covered by Section 3 are encouraged to apply.