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Grant Writing & Fundraising Consulting

SMAC seeks an experienced grant writer who will work with staff and advisory board members.

Type: Short-Term, 6-month position, consultant

Reports to: Executive Director/Advisory Board

Pay: Dependent on experience (hourly, to be billed and invoiced monthly)

Location: SF Bay Area/availability for periodic in-person meetings


Major Responsibilities:

  • Research, write, edit and submit grant proposals

  • Write grant reports

  • Develop an understanding of SMAC’s organizational  history and programs, California community college inequities and policies to address those inequities

  • Refine language in our standard grant proposals and reports that better reflects our programs and outcomes in the context of educational policy change

  • Prospect for new potential funders  (through online research, identifying conferences and other networking spaces to be in, make phone call connections based on prospecting, etc.)

  • Contact potential funders and set up initial conversations/meetings with folks from SMAC staff/board

  • Bring connections in the social justice/organizing/grantwriting world

  • Create grant writing plan by building on existing plan, use existing Trello account to update information about specific funders and create new “cards,” and use fundraising Slack channel to communicate with SMAC Advisory Board

Required Qualifications:

  • Available an average of 10 hours/week for 6 months or the equivalent (i.e. more hours on the front end of the 6 months would be preferable). Total hours around 240, with the potential for continuing pending funding and mutual fit

  • At least 3 years experience writing grants

  • Strong social justice analysis with an emphasis on the role of community organizing, racial justice and educational reform.  

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.

  • Strong editing skills and good attention to details.

  • Demonstrated responsibility for meeting grant deadlines and negotiating funders’ web portals

  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources

  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.

  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.

  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity or experience with community college inequities and/or ed equity policy reform work

Please submit your application along with 2 samples of grants you have written to:

Tracy at tracy@studentsmakingchange.org