Grant Writer – Students Rising Above

At Students Rising Above, we value openness, collaboration, inclusivity, commitment, and growth, and we’re looking for an experienced candidate to join our team as a Grant Writer. Reporting to the Director of Development, this is an important position on the Development team, working closely with all departments. The Grant Writer will support the organization’s fundraising goal of nearly $5M by:
Growing SRA’s institutional funding base through strategic prospect identification, research, and cultivation. Funders include foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
Independently planning, writing, and submitting well-conceived, compelling letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports for high quality stewardship and relationship building strategies.
Partnering with SRA staff across departments to support the work of the Development Department, with focus on funding for the organization.

Key Responsibilities
Working in partnership with the Students Rising Above CEO and Director of Development to secure over $750K in grant funding for SRA and monitor progress towards the goal. The Grant Writer will:
Work with organizational leadership and team to set a long-term grants strategy in line with organizational objectives
Prepare and submit LOIs and grant proposals
Provide timely and professional response to inquiries regarding grant status, compliance, procedures, and future opportunities
Research new foundation and corporate funding opportunities
Prepare regular updates for the Director of Development to present to the SRA CEO and Board of Directors on grantmaking numbers, patterns, and issues
To ensure grant files, reports, and other documentation are up-to-date and organized, the Grant Writer will:
Create and maintain grant files that meet legal, auditing, and foundation requirements
Coordinate grant reporting, including collecting and reviewing data from grantees
Document grant processing procedures and strive to make grant administration processes as efficient and effective as possible
Implement, maintain and continuously improves grants management software (Salesforce) that aligns with current and potential processes as well as the needs of other departments and external partners
Review and approve spending plans; monitor budget and forecast for each grant opportunity

Development Team Collaboration
Maintains stewardship schedules and project objectives
Recommends new approaches, procedures, and processes to encite continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed
Provides donor follow-up and stewardship when gifts are made
Establish and maintain processes to manage scope over the project lifecycle
Collaborate and coordinate with internal and external resources to ensure projects remain within scope, schedule, and defined budgets to streamline project efficiency and maximize deliverable outputs

Required Qualifications & Experience
Demonstrated understanding of underserved and/or low-income communities
Genuine interest in supporting underserved and/or low-income communities
A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in nonprofit development with grant writing experience
Demonstrated success managing external relationships with individual donors and/or funder contacts
Highly organized with meticulous attention to detail and analytical skills
Exceptional verbal and written skills, as well as interpersonal skills to support the ability to work with internal and external constituents in an effective and professional manner
Familiarity with Salesforce
Goal oriented with the ability to work with minimal supervision along with a willingness to ask questions to clarify assignments and accept supervisor’s guidance; enjoy working remotely
Use of good judgment and ability to treat confidential information with discretion
Available to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings as needed
Access to a reliable car

SRA offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and skills. SRA also offers the opportunity to work from home 2-3 days a week.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to with “Grant Writer” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following topics: