Grant Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $30,000
Maximum: $32,000




1140 East Northwest Highway
United States


General Summary:

Under the general direction of the Development Director, the Grant Associate is responsible for the overall success of the corporate, foundation, civic/community, and faith grants. In addition, this position does writing for press releases, appeals, newsletters and other marketing material for the agency.


Reporting to the Grant Manager, the Grant Associate plans and executes grant writing and proposals. The Grant Associate will also pay particular attention to fostering relationships with new and existing funders, especially individuals, faith based entities, corporations, and foundations. Through the use of detail-oriented organization, proficiency of technology, and strong written and oral communication skills, this position will enable JOURNEYS | The Road Home to reach its fund-raising goals and continue to strengthen and build new strong community relationships.

Essential Requirements:

1. Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Education, English, Communications, Journalism or related field

2. Two years experience in grant writing or communications or equivalent

3. Knowledge of writing computer software and fully proficient with Microsoft Office

4. Familiar with the communities within JOURNEYS service area

5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

6. Subscription to and integration of the agency’s core values of Respect, Teamwork, Mission-Driven, and Commitment

7. Technological competency

Core Competencies:

1. Demonstrate effective communication skills

2. Adapt to changing work priorities

3. Maintain composure under stressful situations

4. Maintain confidentiality

5. Apply common sense understanding to carry out duties

6. Take initiative in problem solving

Essential Functions:


a. Prepare grant proposals with the support of the development team

b. Research new funding opportunities, and review opportunities with Grant Manager and Director of Development

c. Keep organized and detailed donor files for all grants written

d. Keep an organized and detailed grants calendar to assure that grants are being put out on a consistent basis

e. Supply timely grant reports to the Director of Development and donors as requested

f. Provide data analysis of agency grant activities, for external and internal use

2. MARKETING | 10%

a. Assist the Director of Development with creating public relations and marketing materials such as brochures, press releases, regional overviews, e-blasts, and annual reports

b. Interface with other grant professionals through membership at the Donors Forum as well as at workshops and networking meetings


a. Maintain accounts for corporate giving and affiliate giving programs and coordinate documentation in donor database

b. Administrative Assistance to the Director of Development including research

c. Implement fund raising goals as directed by the Director of Development

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. The Board of Directors reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

This work is primarily sedentary and requires travel throughout the service area as well as within the greater Chicago areas. The work schedule varies depending on the needs and services of the organization. Evening and weekend work is necessary in order to attend meetings or to participate in events. This position will require exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

To apply: Submit Resume with Cover Letter including salary requirements. No Phone Calls.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree