Grants and Foundations Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $75,000.00
Maximum: $80,000.00




312 East 109th Street
New York
New York
United States



The Carter Burden Network seeks an exceptional individual with strong leadership, management, relationship building and technical expertise in grant writing and foundation fundraising experience for the position of Grants & Foundations Officer. Reporting to the Director of Development, you will be a critical member of the Development Team, providing strategic direction and relationship building for the renewal and maintenance of grants with current donors ($1.16 million annually), as well as cultivating new relationships and award opportunities to secure new integral funding support. Additionally you will prepare proposals in response to government RFPs.

The entire Development Department reports to the Director of Development, who works closely with the Development Committee of the Board, Executive Director and Associate Executive Director to maintain and expand existing relationships and establish new ones with major donors, corporate sponsors, foundation and other funders.

Job Summary

 The Grants and Foundations Officer will be responsible for coordinating the full range of activities required to prepare, submit and manage grant proposals in a fast-paced and high-volume environment. This position provides leadership for all of the organization’s grant-related revenue streams. Researches grant opportunities that match goals and objectives of the Carter Burden Network and its programs. Gathers information and coordinates/writes grant proposals for government, corporation, and private/family foundation funding. Develops and maintains effective, long term relationships with grantors to facilitate approval of grants. Follows up with grantors to determine/monitor grant status and ensures timely and robust reporting. Conducts in-person meetings whenever possible to deepen the relationship with foundations and grantors; includes tours of Carter Burden Network senior centers and programs.


  • Identifies, pursues, cultivates, and enhances relationships with foundations and other sources in support of funding needs. Includes prospecting new funding sources in consideration of the Carter Burden Network's programs/services and funders' priorities, capacity and gift history.
  • Researches, develops and writes proposals to secure grants from foundations and other grant-making organizations. Includes re-engaging dormant foundation relationships.
  • Collaborates with Executive Director, Associate Executive Director, Director of Development and Program Directors to determine needs and identify fundable programs and projects fitting organizational strategies.
  • Prepares, coordinates and complies with all reporting requirements for foundation/corporate/government donors.
  • Conducts initial review of planned proposals and submission guidelines to determine feasibility; suggests positioning. Pursues strategic relationships to maximize ROI through grants developed and submitted and foundation relations.
  • Maintains master calendar of Proposals Submitted and Grants Awarded including a schedule of donor reports and deliverables as required by funders.
  • Provides strategic direction and management, in tandem with Director of Development to implement outcome measurement protocols/processes for Program Managers so as to build enhanced measurements for donor reports and other reporting needs.
  • Work with the Board of Directors as necessary by leveraging their resources and networks, ensuring that each board member works toward their give/get obligation.
  • Create and analyze various metrics for measuring success of grant and foundation fundraising initiatives and measuring the same against strategic objectives.
  • Assists with other fundraising projects as assigned.


  • Stay abreast of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the nonprofit sector.
  • Perform any additional duties deemed necessary by the Director of Development and the Executive Director.
  • Accept other assignments as appropriate, to meet the needs of the program and individual clients.
  • Proactively work with Finance staff to ensure integrity of individual, corporate and foundation grant awards and reporting.
  • Ability to work well within Agency and engage appropriately with supervisor, supervisees, co-workers, and Executive Director.


Education: A Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Social Work, Nonprofit Development, Organizational Development or a relevant field.

Experience: A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working for human services nonprofit organizations in a grant writing and fundraising capacity with project management components. Social Services and/or Corporate fundraising experience preferred. Experience working with community agencies, foundations, government and/or other funders preferred, especially within the field of aging. Outstanding writing skills are required.

Special Skills and Knowledge

In addition to the above-listed responsibilities and educational requirements, the ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following:

  • Confidence, creativity and maturity to establish credibility with and influence donors at all levels.
  • Superior knowledge of and proven experience writing proposals to corporate, foundation and government donors and an understanding of related technical and financial requirements.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; actively seeks to deepen current donor relationships and to create new ones.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills.
  • The ability to assimilate and convey conceptually complicated information in a succinct and compelling way, tailored to different audiences.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with database software packages, Donor Perfect a plus
  • Supervisory experience a plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply with a cover letter and resume.