Lead Grant Writer

Stark State College
January 11, 2023
6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton
Job Type


This individual will work collaboratively with the other staff in the Advancement, Marketing and Partnerships Division and faculty/staff across the College to:

  1. Develop and manage the annual grant development agenda for the College, researching public and private grant sources and connecting available opportunities to existing College needs that align with the strategic plan.
  2. Lead faculty, staff, administrators, and outside partners, when appropriate, on all aspects of proposal preparation, including project design and partnership development; researching content; writing; editing; providing a timeline and budget guidance; and completing all requisite forms required by the applicable funding agency and the College.
  3. Work closely with grant project managers/PIs to proactively monitor grant implementation progress and determine when budget revisions, no-cost extensions, or other revisions are needed and prepare and submit such requests to the funder.
  4. Assist in assessing the effectiveness of grant projects by working with grant project managers/PIs to complete and submit required grant reports.
  5. Maintain/update the College’s grant tracking records, project files, and grants office processes and procedures.
  6. Serve as the primary point of contact related to the College’s grants portfolio, managing communication with federal, state, regional, and local grant funders and monitoring the development of new grant initiatives and/or changes to existing programs.
  7. Effectively work with grant-writing consultants on the development of grant proposals that will contribute to achieving the College’s strategic goals, as appropriate.
  8. Manage conflicts of interest related to grant projects and monitor other grants compliance elements, with the assistance of Business Office personnel.
  9. Supervise the part-time grant writer position.
  10. Performing other related duties as assigned to meet the mission of the College, such as assisting with Foundation/Advancement related projects, as needed.

In addition to the responsibilities outlined in the above summary:

  •  Oversee all pre-award and post-award grant activities.
  •  Support college leaders and staff and partnering organizations to develop project concepts to pursue funding.
  •  Write grant applications.
  •  Maintain expertise in the field through regular participation in professional development activities.
  •  Through involvement in the College and/or community, partner with the Vice President of Advancement, Marketing, and Partnerships in making connections between identified college/community needs and potential grant opportunities.
  • Lead continuous improvement of grants office processes to maximize the department’s impact on the College’s achievement of strategic goals.

Education, Experience and Licensure/Certification Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communication, Technical Writing, English, or related field.

At least five years of experience writing in a professional capacity, with three to five years of experience in grant writing.

Familiarity with community colleges, including mission and objectives, programs and services, administrative structures, and partnerships.

Compression planning experience is a plus.

Research public and private grant sources and link available resources to College needs.

Maintain contact with federal, state, regional, and local grant sources, and their development of new grant initiatives and changes to existing initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

Strong writing skills.

Must be able to multi-task, meet deadlines, and organize/produce several grant projects simultaneously.

Must understand grant resources, how to access them, how to engage funders, and how to complete successful applications in accordance with grant guidelines.

Must understand how to assess/evaluate grant projects.

Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, proofreading, and computer skills relevant to proposal preparation and submission; the ability to understand, interpret, and communicate data and grant guidelines; and have excellent attention to detail.

Must excel at partner development and management, including outreach and engagement, incorporation into grant processes, and deliverable management.

Must have the ability to work independently and to lead teams from initiation of a project idea through completion of a grant proposal and beyond.

Email resume to: mglanz@starkstate.edu

Salary Range or Hourly Rate

$64,181.00 - $83,436.00 Annually

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