Job Title: Grants and Development Specialist
Reports To: Executive Director
Overview: The mission of Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. (BENI) is to foster an
environment where residents, merchants, and other stakeholders feel confident to
invest their time, energy and money. BENI accomplishes this mission by utilizing
four tools — marketing, housing counseling, small business development, and
Job Summary: BENI is seeking a dynamic and committed individual in the role of
Grants and Development Specialist. The Grant and Development Specialist will
engage in all aspects of the organization grant opportunities and awards,
including managing the development, submission, and reporting activities of each grant
throughout its lifespan. They will provide additional support through report writing,
managing the organization donor database, composing correspondences, and
coordinating special fundraising events. The Grants and Development Specialist will
work closely with BENI’s Executive Director, Director of Operations and Board of
Directors to identify funding needs, develop a grant-seeking strategy, identify
funding sources to support existing and planned program activities, and formulate
approaches to new and existing funders.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties and responsibilities are those considered to be essential but
do not represent all job functions that may be required to be performed by this
position. Other comparable duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed.
Early morning,evening and weekend work required as determined by operational
needs or as assigned.
- Research potential new sources of funding through grant sources and
- Responsible for the writing and timely submitting well-researched grant
- proposals and program reports as needed, to comply with grant guidelines.
- In conjunction with the ED, formulates annual giving goals and strategies to
- ensure goals are met or exceeded.
- The specialist will cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective
- corporate, foundation, and government funders and individual donors.
- Maintain donor database for all donor information.
- Assist with production of donor acknowledgements and other donor
- correspondence including invitations, cultivation and solicitation mailings,
- and newsletters.
- Contributes written material for brochures, newsletters, and other documents
- used for outreach and marketing.
- Maintain Resource Development files; organize, update and purge on a
- regular basis.
- Development of social networking fundraising opportunities through Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Work with program staff and board for large annual fundraising/”friend-raising” events.
- Provide research and administrative support for special fundraising events as needed.
- Answer inquiries from donors and make updates to donor database as requested
Attend all group and program staff meetings and trainings
Active member of the Development Team
Performs all other duties as assigned
Independent transportation is a must
Ability to work with volunteers as needed and abide by the conflict of
interest and confidentiality policies of the program.
Skills and Abilities:
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are a must.
Exceptional research skills are a must.
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and produce high
quality written material under tight deadlines.
Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and proactive. Ability to manage a portfolio of
work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to conceptualize and describe funding needs in a manner that is
compelling to various types of donors.
Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to cultivate productive
relationships with colleagues and stakeholders and work collaboratively with
diverse groups of people.
Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google;
Teams donor management software. Experience with Salesforce software a
Must be proficient in research and in interpreting and analyzing diverse
data, must possess sound critical thinking and independent judgment
Manage sensitive and confidential information with integrity.
Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree in PR/Communications, Writing, Journalism, or related field
along with at least 2 years of work experience in grant writing and/or fundraising
activities is acceptable. A non-degreed professional with 6 years or more
experience may be considered. Proven success in developing grant proposals and
applications to both private foundations and government funding is required.
Experience preparing federal grant applications is preferred.
Language and Communication Skills
Strong written and oral communications skills are a must. Must have an ability to
read, analyze, and interpret an array of data and procedures. Candidate must
have the ability to write reports and business correspondence. Must have ability
to effectively and persuasively present information and respond to questions from
groups of managers, residents, clients, customers, home seekers, and the general
public. The candidate must have excellent social skills with an ability to quickly build
rapport with existing and potential funders as well as any other target audiences.
Basic math skills
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Must have the ability to interpret and deal with several abstract and concrete
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use
hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is
required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands
and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift
and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include
close vision, and distance vision.
The employee will need to be able to provide his/her own transportation.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Please send resume and letter of interest to:
3545 Belair Road
Baltimore MD 21213
or via email to email@example.com with job title in description