Student Freedom Initiative
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Commensurate
  • Part Time

Position Title: Grant/Proposal Writer
Job Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

I. Who We Are

Student Freedom Initiative, Inc. (SFI) is a nonprofit corporation formed under the laws of the State of Delaware and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Our mission is to address the overwhelming student debt faced by all too many of the young men and women attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities ("HBCUs") - and ultimately other Minority-Serving Institutions ("MSI"). We are student centric and evidence-based; we deliver a holistic solution to address the systemic problems associated with the student loan crisis. Our program is composed of four primary components: (1) Income Contingent Alternative to traditional Parent Plus loans, (2) Internships, (3) Tutoring, Mentoring, and other Services, and (4) targeted HBCU Capacity Building. These components are supported by partners, who provide subject matter expertise.

II. The Role

We are looking for a Grant/Proposal Writer to support SFI's business development team with coordination, development, and delivery of high-quality grants and proposals, RFI responses, capability statements, and other related documents. This role requires strong attention to detail, exceptional communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment. The successful candidate will approach this critical role with flexibility and adaptability in meeting the needs of the organization.

III. What You Will Do

  1. Attend meetings and identify opportunities for grant and proposal writing.
  2. Identify grant opportunities from federal/state government, corporations, foundations, and other sources; application procedures; and submission timelines.
  3. Develop a plan (e.g., activities, opportunities, risks) for pursuing grant opportunities.
  4. Provide recommendations and the associated rationale for which grant opportunities and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to pursue.
  5. Respond to grant requests, RFPs, and other solicitations that are consistent with SFI's core mission and program components.
  6. Review products, services, and/or business ideas.
  7. Create strategies for convincing others to take appropriate action.
  8. Manage the end-to-end grant and proposal development process from approval of recommendation to proceed and the time the response is submitted.
  9. Research, write, and organize information in a professional and credible manner.
  10. Collect inputs from various internal and external stakeholders (SFI consultants, Legal, Finance/Pricing, external teaming partners, etc.).
  11. Prioritize responsibilities to meet deadlines.
  12. Maintain consistency in grant and proposal writing by following company policies.
  13. Work with the design team to create graphics and visuals for projects.
  14. Prepare and communicate final content to ensure clarity, consistent voice, inclusion of win themes, formatting, and overall compliance with instructions and evaluation factors.

IV. What You Will Bring

  1. A Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English, or related field.
  2. 5-7 years of experience in proposal or grant writing.
  3. Experience in researching, writing, and organizing information in a professional and credible manner.
  4. Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  5. Ability to meet deadlines.
  6. Good strategic planning abilities.
  7. Creative problem-solving under ambiguous circumstances.
  8. Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  9. Willingness to travel up to 10% of the time.

It is impossible to list every requirement for, or responsibility of, any position. Similarly, we cannot identify all the skills a position may require since job responsibilities and the Company's needs may change over time. Therefore, the above job description is not comprehensive or exhaustive. The Company reserves the right to adjust, add to or eliminate any aspect of the above description. The Company also retains the right to require all employees to undertake additional or different job responsibilities when necessary to meet business needs.

Student Freedom Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

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