Hyde Square Task Force

PO Box 301871
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Date Posted:
August 02, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Grant Writer

Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is an award-winning youth community development organization based in the Hyde/Jackson Square area of Jamaica Plain, known as Boston’s Latin Quarter. Founded over 25 years ago, HSTF now engages more than 1,000 youth aged 6–25 in college and career preparation and success, Afro-Latin arts and cultural enrichment, and community-building initiatives. In doing so, we ensure that youth have the arts and educational opportunities they need and deserve in order to be successful, and that their voices and cultures are valued and celebrated in Boston’s Latin Quarter and beyond. Our work is guided by our mission: to develop the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant community. 
Position: Grant Writer, full-time, reporting to the Director of Development and Communications 
Job Summary: The Grant Writer oversees the entire grantwriting process from researching new institutional funding prospects to drafting and editing of letters of intent through the development of compelling proposals (ranging from $5,000–$100,000+) and donor reports, ensuring timely submissions to 80–100 foundation, corporate, and public grant makers annually. The Grant Writer will also play an active role in supporting other key development functions, including maintaining the donor database (Bloomerang), sending donor acknowledgments, and assisting with special events. Recognizing that the Grant Writer may not bring extensive experience in all aspects of this position, HSTF can provide some training and support. The Grant Writer joins the organization at an exciting point in its history, as we prepare to implement a robust strategic plan that will allow us to deepen and grow our work over the next 3–5 years. 
Grant Writing (70% time) ? Research grant prospects and present viable options to the Director of Development and Communications for review, following up as necessary with initial contacts, letters of intent, etc. ? Solicit staff input as needed to develop compelling proposals backed up by meaningful budgets and strategic use of program data. ? Serve as the primary writer on all grant proposals—typically 90+ proposals annually to private, family, or corporate foundations, with a much smaller number to government sources. ? Track all grant reporting requirements and deadlines and serve as primary writer on all grant reports. ? Ensure that the annual grants calendar is kept up-to-date with deadlines and other pertinent details and coordinate scheduling and preparation for site visits from institutional funders. ? Maintain updated records on all grant funders in Bloomerang database, including contact information, relationships, donations, and other relevant notes. ? Work with the Director of Development and Communications to maintain systems for tracking, cultivation, and stewardship of relationships with institutional donors. ? Communicate with the Director of Development and Communications and the Communications Coordinator about interactions with and specific requirements of funders. 
Other Fundraising (20% time) ? Enter all donations made to HSTF into Bloomerang development database in a timely, accurate manner and generate customized acknowledgment letters on a weekly basis. ? Maintain fundraising database by ensuring that all donation and donor records are accurate, up-to-date, organized, and easily accessible, running reports and engaging in data analysis as necessary. ? Learn HSTF’s annual fundraising goals, and ensure all fundraising activities work strategically toward these goals. ? Assist the Director of Development and Communications and the Community Development and Events Coordinator with the logistics and execution of HSTF’s fundraising events as needed. 
Organizational (10% time) ? Participate in special events and organization-wide planning. ? Regularly visit and observe programs to keep knowledge current. ? Participate in department and staff meetings. The above list is not an exhaustive statement of every duty and responsibility required. Other duties may be assigned.
Qualifications ? Prior foundation grant writing experience required, including a track record of securing grants of $10,000+. ? Experience with donor databases; familiarity with Bloomerang development database a plus. ? Excellent business writing, editing, and verbal communication skills. ? Highly organized, productive, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize. ? Ability to work on multiple projects, adjust quickly to shifting priorities, meet deadlines, exercise good judgment, and handle high-pressure situations. ? Ability to take initiative and anticipate potential project complications or needs before they arise. ? Strong team player who is also a self-starter. ? Able to work with confidential information. ? Proven track record of efficiency, resourcefulness, and reliability. ? A passionate commitment to HSTF’s mission and values. ? Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel. ? Spoken/written fluency in Spanish preferred.
How To Apply:
Submit a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to Barbara Civill, Director of Development and Communications, at Barbara@HydeSquare.org. No phone calls, please. 
Hyde Square Task Force is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We value having a diverse staff who are representative of the community we serve and bring to our organization a variety of traditions, experiences, and points of view. Individuals of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply
Apply by:
September 27, 2018
Salary is dependent on experience. Benefit package included.
About this Organization:
Our mission is to create a safe, clean and friendly neighborhood in Hyde/Jackson Square, a neighborhood that places its priority on young people. Through education, arts and culture, youth-led organizing and community events, we strive to develop the skills of youth and their families so that they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a stronger urban community. All of our programs are developed by residents in response to community needs. Over the past decade, the Task Force has developed on-going programs for youth and families that not only help them advance at school and in careers, but also help create positive relations and opportunities to take pride and action in our community.