Open Posting: Grant Writer
MacMurray College was founded in 1846; has a strong history of undergraduate education; and is located in the affordable, safe, and stimulating city of Jacksonville, Illinois. Our mission is "to transform the lives of our students by providing an exceptional, liberal arts general education and courses of study that prepare graduates for professional careers, further education, and other challenges facing the human community in the 21st century." The College has a culturally diverse student body of over 600 students and a faculty:student ratio of 1:12. We offer 35 academic programs with top majors in Nursing, Criminal Justice, Business (Accounting, Business Administration, and Sport Management), Education (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education, Physical Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education), Social Work, and Interpreter Preparation (American Sign Language). MacMurray College is a warm, engaged, student-centered learning community, focused on student success.
MacMurray College is seeking a Grant Writer. This is a contract position and is not eligible for benefits. This position is responsible for grant research and writing to support college priorities and the Strategic Plan to advance MacMurray College and reports to the Executive Director for Institutional Advancement (EDIA).
Essential Job Functions
- Under the direction of administrative leadership (President, Provost, EDIA) understands areas of strategic priority to the College to clarify College grant objectives.
- Completes prospect research activities to identify new funding opportunities in areas of strategic priority to the College across relevant domains — government, corporate, and foundation RFPs.
- At the direction of the EDIA, researches information about federal, state, local, and private grant-funding opportunities aligned with the College’s strategic priorities.
- Retrieves data and information from the institution, from valid and relevant external sources to support grant proposal development.
- Aligned with institutional priorities noted above, collaborates with relevant faculty and institutional leaders to garner information and writes and submits compelling grant proposals aligned with College strategic priorities.
- Prior to writing said grant proposals, reviews and secures the go-ahead with the President and Provost all college commitments — financial, personnel-related, and infrastructure — associated with the terms of the grant.
- Understands funding source’s outcomes and structures requests accordingly, providing focally relevant argument and data.
- Writes grant proposals (consistent with 1-5 above) to secure funding to advance identified strategic priorities.
- Edits and revises grant applications.
- Maintains a log of all institutional encumbrances associated with submitted and approved grants.
- Creates and maintains a grant development calendar to track current and pending grant proposals and to insure accountability reporting is completed for funded grants.
- Generate accountability reports for funded reports, with lead time to have the EDIA review and approve such reports before their submission.
- Generate and submit progress and final reports.
- Minimum 3 years experience in grant writing, particularly higher education grant proposal writing.
- Excellent written communication skills.
- Experience must include verifiable successful experience in technical writing, proof-reading, editing, copy writing, grant writing, or equivalent written communication format.
- Knowledge and understanding of MacMurray College’s ethos, history, culture, organization, goals and objectives, and policies and procedures.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and/or community funding sources and mechanisms.
- Knowledge of grant funding policies and procedures and applicable local, state, federal, and college regulations.
- Knowledge of current developments/trends in area of expertise, as well as skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills and extreme attention to detail.
- Skill in the use of Microsoft Office and related software applications.
- Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statements, and/or projections, as well as ability to provide technical advice and information to faculty and staff in area of expertise.
- Ability to lead projects, as well as ability to work independently and utilize effective time management skills.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignments.
To apply, send a confidential letter of interest, a résumé outlining your qualification for the position, and three professional references to HR@mac.edu.