Grants Specialist (Full-Time)

FamilyMeans’ mission is to strengthen communities by helping individuals and families through challenges in all life stages. FamilyMeans envisions vibrant and resilient communities where everyone lives to their fullest potential. Our work is life’s challenges. A career with FamilyMeans provides an opportunity to enrich your professional life while working alongside colleagues who share a vision of making changes in people’s lives through high quality services. We strive to provide the highest quality of care for our clients as well as work-life experience for our employees.

 The Grants Specialist opportunity is an exempt position. This position is also eligible for all organization-sponsored benefits. Our business hours are currently 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so we would expect that the incumbent is available to work during these hours Monday through Friday.

Position Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to create and submit well-written grant proposals to generate financial support for the agency and its programs, track and report grant deadlines, fulfill reporting requirements for grants received, and research/plan for new funding opportunities.

Major Challenge:

A major challenge of this position is developing creative and effective ways to deliver the agency’s key messages in the required grant formats of corporate and foundation funders by the posted deadlines.

Essential Job Functions:


  • Maintain a calendar of proposal and report deadlines.
  • Work closely with program directors and staff in gathering information for proposals, including program details, accomplishments, service statistics, and financial information.
    • Prepare and submit grant proposals for restricted and general operating funding by the required deadlines.
    • Provide any follow-up or evaluation reports as requested by the funder.
    • Maintain grant files – hard files and electronic databases.
    • Identify, research, and recommend potential corporate and foundation donors and build strategies for funding.
    • Follow changes to corporate and foundation funding priorities and general trends in the field to expand or shift possible funding opportunities.


Other Job Duties:


  • Participate in development/communications team meetings and provide feedback on agency initiatives and materials.
  • Contribute to a healthy, productive workplace by being sensitive and respectful to all coworkers and contributing to a work climate that is inclusive and free of bias. Ensure communications with staff, donors, volunteers, clients, and other agency stakeholders are delivered with cultural sensitivity and competence.
  • Perform others duties as deemed necessary to development activities of the agency.
  • Participate and contribute in the agency’s PQI and DEI processes.
  • Produce factual/statistical content for the Annual Report or other agency communications.
  • Contribute content for agency newsletters, agency communications, and/or website.
  • Assist with major fundraising events, when possible.


The incumbent reports to the Director of Development & Communications.

Equipment Used:

Computer, printers, copier, telephone, fax/scanner, digital phone/camera, and automobile.


Minimum Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in English, communication, public relations, or similar field is strongly desired with previous experience in grant writing, development, or a related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Detail-orientated self-starter committed to excellence.
  • Strong writing and editing skills with an excellent command of grammar, syntax, and style.
  • Ability to compose presentations of varying length and complexity including narratives, occasional graphics, and financial spreadsheets.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use effectively the computer and other technical resources to accomplish work.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with a proven ability to anticipate and meet strict deadlines.
  • Understanding the role of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, especially foundations and grants.
  • Knowledge of agency social media
  • Flexibility with funder changes in due dates or priorities; adaptable for agency strategies to change as well.


Physical Aspects of the Job:

This position requires the incumbent to make extensive use of the computer and to sit for extended periods of time. The incumbent must be able to speak, see, and hear in order to fully communicate the agency’s message.

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position. Rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this job description

FamilyMeans is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:

FamilyMeans is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

 To apply, please submit a copy of your resume to Melena Nelson at: