Grant Writer (part-time)
Reconstructing Judaism seeks an experienced Grant Writer to strengthen existing relationships with institutional funders and seek out and secure new grants. As we implement our 2021-2026 strategic plan, this team member joins the organization at a pivotal time and has the opportunity to make a major impact in achieving our objectives through securing philanthropic support. Reporting to the Director of Individual Giving, the Grant Writer will collaborate with program staff, faculty, and other partners to develop proposals for existing and proposed initiatives. The Grant Writer will also manage grant tracking and reporting in partnership with colleagues. Candidates with an understanding of the Jewish nonprofit landscape who possess experience working with a wide range of institutional donors, ranging from small, niche funders to large community foundations, are preferred. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of success in obtaining institutional funding while bringing a high degree of integrity and confidentiality to their work. They are self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized and an impeccable, persuasive communicator.
This is a 75% of full time position, approximately 30 hours per week, with a high degree of flexibility regarding schedule and location. This can be a fully remote position, although regional candidates in the Philadelphia, New York, and DC/Baltimore regions who are able to work from our Wyncote, PA (30 minutes from downtown Philadelphia) offices a minimum of once a month are encouraged to apply.
• Research new funding opportunities and initiate contact, arranging meetings for senior leadership with foundation representatives as appropriate
• Write letters of inquiry and grant proposals
• Partner with program staff, faculty, and Finance department to manage grant reporting and, where appropriate, write reports
• Develop programmatic funding proposals
• Submit pro forma grant requests as needed
• Ensure appropriate reporting to and stewardship of institutional funders
• Create and maintain an annual and multi-year grant deadline and reporting calendar
• Maintain organized and detailed records
• Track all activity in Raiser’s Edge NXT
• Set and achieve goals for grant submissions
• Occasional writing for our development department on an as-needed basis
• 5-7 years' experience in institutional relations with a focus on grant writing
• Experience with progressive Jewish or multifaith communal organizations highly preferred
• Experience with fundraising CRM databases preferred (Reconstructing Judaism uses Raiser’s Edge)
• Strong computer skills, particularly in Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, and Zoom
$45,000-55,000, commensurate with experience and credentials
This is a part-time (.75 FTE), exempt, benefit eligible position. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), generous paid vacation and sick time, and ample time off for major Jewish and American holidays. We offer a dynamic, flexible, and progressive workplace.
In the interest of the health and safety of our community members, Reconstructing Judaism strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination. Those who are unable to show proof or who prefer to keep their vaccination status private, will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing in any and all indoor shared/public spaces within our building. During periods of elevated community transmission in Montgomery County, masking may be required of all employees and visitors regardless of vaccination status.
Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We train the next generation of rabbis, support and uplift congregations and havurot, foster emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourage people to be their best selves — always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future.
Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. We have originated many of the core innovations of today’s Judaism and lead efforts to make our congregations and havurot even more groundbreaking, inclusive and relevant.