Company: Hope Enterprise Corporation
Location: Jackson, MS
Job Function: Grant Writer
Recognized as one of the most successful Black and Women-owned credit unions in the nation, HOPE continues to build its brand and impact by expanding access to financial services and engaging in advocacy to mitigate the extent to which factors such as race, gender, birthplace and wealth limit one’s ability to prosper. Since 1994, HOPE has generated more than $3.6 billion in community development financing that has benefitted more than 2 million people in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and nationwide. This work has supported small business owners struggling to gain access to capital, families seeking to own homes and individuals looking for a better way to manage their hard-earned money with a financial institution they can trust. This work has not gone unrecognized. In 2022, HOPE was named one of Fast Company’s 10 most innovative companies reflecting current events. The recognition honors companies for innovative work on the most pressing issues of the day including COVID-19 response, the climate crisis, mental health and economic inequality.
For 27 years, HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation, Hope Credit Union and Hope Policy Institute) has helped entrepreneurs, homebuyers, families and communities become more financially secure by providing affordable financial services; leveraging resources; and engaging in policy advocacy to strengthen communities, build assets, and improve lives in economically distressed parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Grant Writing Manager will serve as part of HOPE’s Investor Relations team, while working with the SVP, Investor Relations, Team Lead and colleagues to successfully submit private, philanthropic and government funding applications annually. Each year, HOPE raises millions of dollars in the form of grants, loans, contributions, mission driven deposits and other resources from foundations, banks, public agencies, individuals and other sources. Must be located within company footprint of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
This position will be responsible for managing the successful submission of a number of grant applications and reports annually, including drafting whole and pieces of these documents, managing contractual grant writers, gathering submission components and reviewing them for completeness and accuracy before submitting to funders. The Grant Writing Associate will report to this position. Work requires that the employee use considerable judgment and creativity in organizing the workflow and assuring adherence to deadlines.
- Lead and support Strengthening HOPE Initiative that values an organizational culture for open communication, innovation, associate engagement and other traits that contribute to collaboration and high performance.
- Manage full range of activities required to successfully submit grant applications, letters of interest, concept papers and other proposal narratives to private, philanthropic and government (federal, state and local) funders annually, including supervising grant writing contractors and engaging colleagues across the organization to ensure application strategies are in line with departmental work plans.
- Research possible funding opportunities to pursue and work with Grant Writing Associate to facilitate internal decision making on whether to apply and if so, with what application strategy.
- Complete narrative reports to funders as required.
- Provide leadership, coaching and management to the Grant Writing Associate.
- Support Investor Relations team efforts to maintain an organized, robust Salesforce database that records up-to-date relationships with institutional and individual funders, investors, and prospects, particularly by creating and updating records related to funding requests.
- Perform general administrative duties such as attending meetings, report production
- Other duties as required.
- Must be proficient with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; past experience with Salesforce preferred.
- Must be a continuous learner who enjoys taking on new challenges.
- Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
- Ability to write clearly and effectively.
- Passion and dedication to HOPE’s mission and work.
- Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out written or oral instructions, taking initiative to ask questions when something is not clear.
- Ability to communicate and resolve minor problems and issues as may arise in a cheerful and customer oriented manner.
- Ability to adapt when problems or tasks arise in daily work that may involve few concrete variables or are unexpected.
- Ability to multi-task and function in a fast paced environment.
- Ability to read and interpret documents, collect information for routine reports and correspondence.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
- Ability to compute rate, ratio, percent, and interpret data.
- Ability and desire to work as needed to complete certain quarterly, ad hoc, or monthly projects, including working on occasion after 5:00 pm and on weekends.
- A professional and resourceful style; the ability to work independently, as a team player, and initiative to take responsibility to address issues as needs arise.
- Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
- At least four years of experience performing the duties described in the Essential Functions above, especially grant writing and project management experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Compensation and Benefits
401K, Health, Dental, and Vision
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