Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (SMGW) seeks an experienced professional to join its development team as a Grant Writer. The individual selected will be primarily responsible for developing and writing letters of inquiry, grant proposals and applications to foundations and other grant-making organizations that persuasively communicate SMGW's mission and programs in the areas of employment training/development, housing, social services, volunteerism, and services to women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and returning citizens. Work is performed under the direction of the Development Director (DD) with the majority of work performed independently and off-site. This is a contract position with hourly compensation for an estimated 200 hours annually.
Qualifications & Requirements
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of development-related experience, including a proven track record in grant writing
Excellent written communication skills, including grammar and proofreading.
Ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form.
Solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants.
Ability to work collaboratively and independently, and to incorporate or share feedback on written materials.
Ability to set priorities and move multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to interact with various staff at all levels and be a team player.
Proven to be detail-oriented, highly-organized, self-starting and proactive.
High level of computer literacy required, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Ability to retrieve and enter information in database.
Experience with non-profit programming or grants related to homelessness, poverty or employment a plus.
Ability to work from home environment, with occasional direct person contact with FT Staff as necessary.
Professional Responsibilities & Relationships
Develop, write and submit letters of inquiry (LOIs), grant proposals/applications and reports to foundations and other grant-making organizations that persuasively communicate SMGW’s mission and program to potential funders.
Assist Development Director in maintaining and implementing funding calendar activities, including cultivation activities to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry (LOIs), grant proposals/applications and reports.
Attend optional or mandated funder meetings.
Research and identify new government, corporate, foundation and other private funding prospects. In addition to DD, engage Executive Director and Deputy Director for Program to research and solicit invitations to submit proposals.
Founded in 1986, 12 Episcopal churches in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area believed they could do more together than separately. Together, they decided to go beyond the provision of emergency assistance to people who are homeless and others in need. Starting with one staff member, and a small group of volunteers in the basement of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Samaritan M...inistry of Greater Washington now provides services at seven locations in the Washington area.
In 2000 programs formerly run by the Episcopal Caring Response to AIDS (ECRA) were incorporated into Samaritan Ministry. This is when our spiritual retreats began.
In August 2016 Samaritan Ministry and STRIVE DC integrated to increase both the quality of the program the respective organziations offered and to offer seamless access for our participants to the personalized coaching and support of the Next Step Program and the effective STRIVE workforce development, which is now a component of the Next Step Propgram.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation with a Board of Directors elected by representatives from our Partner Council. There are no religious requirements for participation in our programs.
Every year, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington helps improve the lives of more than 1,000 people who are homeless or otherwise in need through our innovative Next Step Program. For over 30 years now, participants have been welcomed by our staff and volunteers into a safe, supportive environment that allows them the freedom to choose their own goals and pursue them! They are given the resources and support they need — housing and employment search guidance, coaching, referrals to partner service providers and more — to fulfill those goals. Participants are listened to, and treated like family.