Grant Specialist

Minneapolis, MN 55447
United States

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Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners’ mission is to engage the heart and will of the community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive. Interfaith Outreach is a human service nonprofit that ignites the power of community to provide urgent and strengthening services in eight Twin Cities western suburbs so families can live their best lives, children can succeed, and the entire region can prosper and shine. Serving the west Hennepin communities of Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata since 1979. For more information, visit

Interfaith Outreach is looking for highly qualified candidates for our Grant Specialist position (part time, 20 hours per week). The Grant Specialist’s role is to manage the grant writing and reporting process to secure funding from foundations, corporations, government agencies and local organizations to support general operations, programs and the organization’s strategic initiatives.

This is a role that works in partnership with another Grant Specialist as well as the Development team. The Interfaith Outreach work environment is client centered, values driven, team oriented, fast paced, diverse, and focused on learning and professional development. We have a strong internal culture of collaboration and team support and a deep commitment across staff to mission.

Core Areas of Responsibility Include:

  • Manage the development of a grant writing strategy in collaboration with other organization leaders
  • Work closely with the COO, Development Director, and other senior leadership to assess and develop new grant opportunities
  • Collaborate with program staff to get timely program information needed for grant proposals
  • Monitor funding trends in the nonprofit sector
  • Research, assess and cultivate new funding prospects
  • Develop and maintain a grants calendar for applications and reports
  • Plan, write and submit compelling proposals to showcase Interfaith’s mission, programs and services; work with organization leaders to develop a case for support
  • Coordinate funder site visits and/or phone consultations
  • Work with direct program staff to write and submit timely reports
  • Promote retention of year-to-year grants and contracts by cultivating existing funding relationships
  • Utilize Raiser’s Edge, Interfaith’s donor database, to track and report on grant activity
  • Assist with revenue projections related to grants and funding contracts
  • Complete annual Return on Investment (ROI) associated with grants and funding contracts
  • Attend grantee meetings offered by funders
  • Ensure that all funders are thanked and recognized on a timely basis

  • Work collaboratively with other members of the T3 Team, including members of Development, Community Engagement, Marketing/Communications and the Business Analyst; attend monthly team meetings and participate in team activities
  • Participate in annual planning workshops and retreats
  • Attend and support fundraising and organizational events
  • Welcome and support Interfaith volunteers throughout the organization; work with skills-based volunteers who have grant writing expertise

Schedule Requirements: 20 hours per week

Required Qualifications Include:

  • BA/BS in Communications, English, Nonprofit Management or a related field required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Results-driven with personal accountability. Ability to determine and self-initiate necessary actions in response to opportunities and issues.
  • Ability to work independently under pressure and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to anticipate organizational needs, recommend and implement appropriate action in a self-directed manner.
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, Outlook. Working knowledge of relational databases.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one year of experience with a successful track record of securing grants and contracts from a variety of funding sources.
  • Understanding of Minnesota philanthropic funding community.
  • Basic understanding of nonprofit finance and budgeting related to grants.

Candidate Characteristics:

To be successful as a staff person at Interfaith Outreach, the ideal candidate possesses the following characteristics and traits:

  • A deep commitment and passion to Interfaith Outreach’s mission and work
  • A generator of new ideas and approaches while honoring the organization’s rich history
  • A versatile person who can work successfully in a broad array of organizational settings
  • Demonstrated cultural competence with a focus on equity and inclusion
  • Highly skilled at communication and collaboration
  • Able to work effectively with volunteers
  • Strong advocate for people living in poverty and social justice work
  • Creative with the ability to think out of the box
  • Approachable and a good listener
  • An authentic leader who serves as a role model to staff, student interns and fellow colleagues with a transparent approach; ability to earn esteem and confidence of the leadership team

We offer competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample (this may be excerpted from a successfully funded grant proposal or another writing sample of the candidate’s choosing) to Candidates are considered as submissions arrive. Position open until filled.

Interfaith Outreach values a diverse work environment.

People of color and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interfaith Outreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.