We are seeking a creative, entrepreneurial and experienced Grant Writer (3 month engagement) to support Civic Spirit’s fundraising efforts as we grow and sustain our organization. We are a 2.5 year old start-up dedicated to building 21st century civic education and engagement among young people coming of age in America. We specifically partner with faith communities who often struggle with profound political and social fracturing and have built a powerful interfaith network that uses bridge building and collaborative problem-solving to reinvigorate hope for the future among educators and students.
As a small but formidable start-up, we are growing rapidly and have an urgent need to communicate our successes and impact to existing funders and potential funders. Civic Spirit’s Grant Writer will be personally and actively engaged in all aspects of our fundraising efforts from foundations and individual funders.
Civic Spirit educates, inspires, and empowers schools across faith traditions to enhance civic belonging and responsibility in their student, faculty, and parent communities. Through professional support and problem-solving design challenges, Civic Spirit prepares the next generation to be knowledge, ethical, and active participants in the civic life of their community and the political life of our democracy.
This is a part-time, consultant position. Approximately 5-10 hour per week. 12 weeks. $18-22 p/hr. - - Please only apply if you have at least 3 years grant writing experience.
What You Do Well
- Write clear compelling proposals, tailored to specific foundations’ needs and interests with a keen eye for detail.
- Collaborate well with people of differing cultural, political, ethnic, racial, economic, and religious backgrounds and experiences.
- Distill compelling stories about Civic Spirit’s work and quickly identify which parts to highlight for particular funders.
- Identify and research existing and new potential funding opportunities that align with Civic Spirit’s programmatic, mission-driving, and financial goals and needs.
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a passion for excellence.
- A bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of grant writing experience
- Experience working within the Jewish, Muslim, or Catholic philanthropic foundation world and/or civic education space is highly desirable.
- Eager to be part of a social impact entrepreneurial environment and ready to take initiative and be a part of an exciting, emerging movement.
A Typical Day as the Grant Writer Might Include
- Work with Executive Director to plan a communication strategy with existing funders.
- Identify a list of new potential funding sources to research.
- Draft grant proposals and/or foundation reports.
- Speak with a Civic Spirit educator to learn about their initiatives, how they influence and empower students and further Civic Spirit’s mission, and determine how to use that information to make a compelling case for others to give.
What You'll Own and How You'll Grow
- Crafting timely and compelling grant reports for Civic Spirit’s current investors, enhancing our ability to sustain and grow existing philanthropic relationships.
- Collaborate with our staff and founders to develop successful new grant applications and execute effective multimodal communications.
- Civic Spirit is fiscally sponsored by Hillel International which is an equal opportunity employer that commits to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all. Civic Spirit celebrates diversity on our team and is committed to hiring individuals who reflect the vibrant diversity of our community of schools.
About Hillel International
Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for nearly 100 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and envisions a world where every Jewish student makes an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.
About Hillel’s Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center
Hillel’s Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center (SIC) which has multiple offices throughout the world including in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Jerusalem, helps local Hillels in the areas of institutional advancement, strategic planning, leadership development, fundraising, talent, fiscal administration, student engagement and communications.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.