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Development Officer

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VentureWell
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Hadley, MA
New
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Published 17 days ago

VentureWell’s development team works closely with organizational leadership, program staff, and other supporting departments to enable VentureWell’s growth. VentureWell is primarily funded through grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts from private foundations and government agencies, along with a small number of corporate sponsorships and partnerships. As a result, our development work involves research, cultivation, proposal development, program design, and grant reporting across multiple program areas, most of which is accomplished through deep collaboration with colleagues. 

This individual will work closely with Senior Development Officers to implement cultivation and/or stewardship plans for funding partners. This role involves substantial writing and editing, in order to produce high-quality proposals and reports, and collaboration across the organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Drive the creation of grant applications, reports, slide decks, concept notes, and other deliverables
  • Research topic areas and program alignment with funder priorities
  • Write clear, compelling narratives drawing from existing materials, discussions, and research 
  • Edit drafts written by others to produce strong, unified documents
  • Create and format supporting materials (e.g., letters of support, bios, charts and graphics, references)
  • Submit applications through online portals
  • Keep cross-functional teams on track by managing deadlines, deliverables, documentation, and compliance
  • Communicate and coordinate internally to ensure that relevant stakeholders have the information they need about funding opportunities
  • Contribute to development strategy, team goals, and organizational initiatives

Experience successfully preparing a variety of proposals and reports is required. Other areas of expertise that we value include nonprofit program implementation, project management, writing and editing, equity, and sustainability. Experience in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship is helpful but not essential. Because of the importance of written communication in this role, we are asking all applicants to provide a writing sample with their resume and cover letter. The writing sample should be solely authored and related to a funding opportunity or a multi-stakeholder initiative. 

Requirements:

  • Expertise in proposal writing, with a track record of successful grant applications to large foundations and/or federal agencies
  • Ability to absorb and grasp new information quickly, including program details, evaluation reports, and relevant research, and to synthesize this information into compelling prose
  • Exceptional written communication skills
  • Ability to form strong working relationships with colleagues of all levels
  • Ability to manage projects of varying types and scopes, collaborating throughout and delivering exceptional results
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities with tight and sometimes overlapping deadlines, working independently yet consultatively 
  • A highly collaborative, team-focused approach
  • Fluency with current technology, including Google and MS products, CRM software, and Zoom; ability and willingness to learn new tools and systems quickly
  • Flexibility, unflappability, and humor 

Across the board, VentureWell staff:

  • Are able to succeed and thrive in an environment with competing and changing priorities and tight deadlines
  • Have track records of and ability to build solid collaborative working relationships, and are strong team players who enjoy a “customer service” orientation to collaboration
  • Are committed to embedding equity in our internal practices and culture and in our programs in order to live and achieve our mission
  • Bring openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity
  • Are curious and committed to issues of environmental sustainability
  • Are self-starters with strong attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality work 
  • Are active learners who independently learn new tools and work processes quickly
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills

VentureWell’s development team works closely with organizational leadership, program staff, and other supporting departments to enable VentureWell’s growth. VentureWell is primarily funded through grants, cooperative agreements, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Compensation

USD 65,000 - USD 80,000

Benefits

Benefits include generous retirement matching of 2 to 1 up to 5% after one year on staff, 16 paid holidays, 20 vacations days, 12 sick days, a $1000 home office stipend, FSA/DCA/HRA, and getting to work with great people!

Benefits include generous retirement matching of 2 to 1 up to 5% after one year on staff, 16 paid holidays, 20 vacations days, 12 sick days, a $1000 home office stipend, FSA/DCA/HRA, and…

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
100 Venture Way, Hadley, MA 01035, United States

How to Apply

Because of the importance of written communication in this role, we are asking all applicants to provide a writing sample with their resume and cover letter. The writing sample should be solely authored and related to a funding opportunity or a multi-stakeholder initiative. 

Because of the importance of written communication in this role, we are asking all applicants to provide a writing sample with their resume and cover letter. The writing sample…

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