Do you have experience working with nonprofits? Are you passionate about making a huge difference with many different kinds of nonprofits at once? If so, ZIM Consulting is the place for you.
Who We Are – ZIM Consulting (ZIM) is a woman-owned, Denver-based full-service consulting firm that specializes in grant writing, research and management, development, strategic planning, training, and implementation services for arts, social service, educational, health, cultural, and other nonprofit organizations. ZIM is on a growth trajectory and has worked with more than 200 nonprofits over the past 12 years, the majority of which are located in Colorado. We have also performed projects in 13 states and with international clients who provide services in 121 countries around the world. We currently have ten staff.
Statement of Need – ZIM has recently been successful in landing a number of new grants clients for our ZIM Grants Management Program™. We are seeking a full-time Grant Researcher and Writer to assist with these and other existing clients. This is an entry level position in which the Grant Researcher and Writer will identify funders in addition to completing grant writing activities and duties on behalf of multiple organizations concurrently. We are looking for a creative, hard-working, and dynamic individual to help our team continue to grow.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Conduct in-depth research of potential foundations and funding opportunities for clients.
- Work directly with clients to fully understand what they do and to determine their current and future funding needs.
- Prepare and present grant research prospects to clients.
- Recommend appropriate funding opportunities to clients.
- Work with clients to strategically communicate all aspects of their organization including how the organization’s impact is portrayed and evaluated.
- Maintain calendar and records of all prospective and submitted grants for clients.
- Write and submit LOIs, grant proposals, and reports for multiple clients simultaneously.
- Prepare all necessary documents and attachments to submit applications.
- Work with clients to cultivate funder prospects and develop relationships with key contacts.
- Manage deadlines and requirements of funded grants for clients.
- Organize and manage shared organization files.
- Track and input funder updates in ZIM’s Client Relationship Management (CRM) system.
The ideal candidate will need to be able to:
- Work quickly, efficiently, and accurately when writing grants for multiple organizations.
- Write and edit compelling cases for why foundations should contribute to the organizations.
- Edit grants and other documents written by other ZIM staff.
- Utilize ZIM’s customized grants database to keep track of all grants and reporting deadlines.
- Work proactively, take initiative, and succeed in a close-knit team environment, and take initiative in seeking out team members for information, knowledge, and support as needed
- Maintain a high level of professionalism in all communications with clients, including appearing for meetings appropriately dressed and on time, or early whenever possible.
- Communicate needs with clients and co-workers in a timely and forthright manner.
- Respond quickly and professionally to emails and phone messages.
- Maintain a positive attitude and flexibility to take on additional duties as necessary or requested.
- Attend events and meetings as necessary.
- Bachelor’s degree and/or 1-2 years of relevant work experience.
- Excellent writing, communication, and critical thinking skills. Preference for candidates experienced in writing and submitting grant proposals and requests.
- Ability to multitask, self-direct, and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
- Capable of establishing and cultivating strong relationships with team members and clients.
- Thrives when working in close-knit team environments.
- Competency working with communities of color, queer communities, poor and working class communities, immigrant communities, and other marginalized groups.
- Capable of translating complex information into compelling grant request formats and reports.
- Ability to carefully proofread and edit your own work and the work of others.
- Possess an extremely strong attention to detail.
- Ensure confidentiality and discreet handling of all business matters.
- Experience and knowledge of, as well as a passion for, nonprofits.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- Experience in a professional office environment.
- Data entry and database management experience is a plus.
- Hours: This is a full-time position with some nights and weekends expected. The position attends client events approximately one evening or weekend each month; during busy grant seasons, working evenings and/or weekends may be necessary.
- Benefits: Health, dental, vision, and long-term disability. We provide flexible schedules and vacation, including an open paid time-off policy.
- Work Environment: The position is based in an open-space office environment.
- Evaluation: This position will have a three-month initial evaluation followed by annual evaluations.
- Compensation: The salary range for this position is $38,000 – $42,000.
- Start Date: The position will start immediately.