Grant Writing Director

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Lead Grant Writer/Grant Writing Manager - Position Summary

Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition seeks an enthusiastic, hard-working, and organized Grant Writing Director to lead our Grant Writing team in researching grant opportunities, outreach and correspondence with funders, tracking past and future submissions, identifying funding opportunities for which the organization qualifies, and preparing and editing drafts of applications. The position is Part Time at 75 hours a month (may expand with secured grants), which will fluctuate weekly based on deadlines. The pay rate is $30/hour.

The Organization

Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition (HCHC) is a Black-led initiative that empowers public housing and low-income residents to fight for housing justice. We are invested in a vision of a society built on principles of equality, justice, and solidarity, where care will replace the forces of austerity, policing, criminalization, and abandonment of marginalized communities. We believe that treating housing as a human right in the United States is a form of re-investment in human and community life that can fundamentally transform society. Enacting this vision starts locally, in the small, rural, and historically Black communities of Hudson and Catskill that our founding members have called home for generations.

After eight years of the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center (SBK) mobilizing diverse populations in a common mission to empower the marginalized and disenfranchised in Hudson, NY, HCHC was officially launched by SBK's founding organizers in June of 2020, based on the community-based solutions to institutional and economic inequality that SBK developed over its tenure. HCHC began as a partnership between public housing tenants in Hudson (Bliss Towers) and Catskill (Hop-O-Nose) to address crises facing those tenants (and low-income residents more broadly), namely, the threat of displacement created by rapid and pervasive gentrification and divestment from public and affordable housing.

We are a coalition of tenant organizers, activists, and allies working at the grassroots level to develop collective power and consensus in pursuit of innovative, sustainable, and equitable solutions. We strive towards a future with decommodified social housing, rent control, re-investment in social services, community dialogue and connection across difference, local self-governance, political participation and representation. Together, we can connect to a statewide and national fight for fair and humane housing for all.

We strongly encourage BIPOC, queer and women-identified people to apply. Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.


Primary Roles & Responsibilities: 


Under the direction of the Managing Director and senior staff, the Grant Writing Director identifies, researches, and pursues foundation grant funding opportunities to support/enhance/expand HCHC programs, services, and initiatives. They directly supervise the Grant Writing Assistant.

A. Oversees all aspects of grant submission management, including tracking past submissions and their status, identifying suitable funding sources and opportunities, engagement with program officers at foundations to solicit proposal invitations and request review of draft applications, tracking and managing deadlines and progress of applications, soliciting feedback from funders for rejected grants, and drafting reports (according to grant requirements) and maintaining follow up communication with funders who have provided grants. 

B. Identify programs and initiatives that have the potential to attract significant public and/or private sector support. 

C. Coordinate with internal staff including managing director, the board of directors, senior staff, and bookkeeper to obtain the information required to present the program’s concept, purpose, goals, objectives, and budgets.

D. Leadership in all aspects of the grant writing, preparation, editing, and submission process. 

E. Maintain grant planning calendar to coordinate workflow and prioritization of applications.

F. Collaborate with program managers and book keeper to collect and report all required information to foundations and other funders. 

G. Maintain organized internal database tracking and scheduling all submissions, foundation contacts and grant agreements and reports. 

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Minimum of three years of successful experience in a position that includes proposal preparation, writing, development, and submission to foundations and/or corporations preferred;
  • Ability to switch writing tones between conservative institutions and radical grantors;
  • Understanding of foundation policies, procedures and guidelines, and of principles governing grant preparation and submission;
  • Proficiency in electronic data resources, including gathering and analyzing data for planning reports, funding and grant development;
  • Skills in internet research; 
  • Strong collaborative, diplomatic, and problem-solving skills, including the ability to incorporate critical reviews and edits; 
  • Outstanding writing skills, including the ability to be incisive, persuasive, and passionate in presenting a case for funding; 
  • Skills in developing proposal budgets preferred;
  • Experience and skill in leading a team and supervising employees; 
  • Familiarity and facility with Google Suite; 
  • Successful experience working in a highly deadline-driven environment;
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, and complete work accurately with sufficient time for team review;
  • Willing to advance knowledge through attendance of grant writing workshops; 
  • Availability for up to 20 hours of work per week; 
  • Ability to work remotely; 
  • A passion for the HCHC’s mission and racial, economic, and social justice; 
  • Ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals;
  • Experience working in an ethnically, culturally, racially, and socioeconomically diverse work environment preferred.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information from two references to with the subject line “Grant Writing Director.”

Lead Grant Writer/Grant Writing Manager - Position Summary

Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition seeks an enthusiastic, hard-working, and organized Grant Writing Director to lead our Grant Writing team in researching grant opportunities…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
361 Main St, Catskill, NY 12414, USA

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