Federal Grant Writer – NDN Holdings LLC

Location: Remote, Rapid City, SD, or Hybrid
Application Deadline: October 1, 2024

Job Summary

Reporting to and in partnership with the NDN Holdings Managing Director, the Federal Grant Writer will perform opportunity research and lead federal application development by writing, formatting, and submitting the highest quality grant proposals to federal funding agencies. They will steward relevant contacts within federal government programs to ensure successful partnerships with federal granting agencies.

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducting research of federal grant opportunities that align with NDN Collective programming and place-based projects.
  • Building relationships and soliciting guidance from federal agencies for possible grant opportunities.
  • Writing high-quality grant proposals, applications, reports, and supporting documents in partnership with, and under the direction of the NDN Holdings Managing Director. 
  • Co-managing proposal processes and tracking of grants with the NDN Holdings team, the President’s Office, and other Team Leads.
  • Monitoring applications, reporting timelines, and communicating with team members to ensure that funder deadlines and requirements are met.
  • Initiating, developing, and maintaining working partnerships with contact personnel related to federal contracts.
  • Overseeing grants through the full funding cycle, from prospective research to application through the award term, all reporting, and finally closing the grant out.
  • Working closely with the NDN Holdings team to contribute to fundraising strategies and ensure that annual goals are met.
  • Performing other duties as required.

Who You Are

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors or Masters degree preferred, but relevant/equivalent experience will be considered
  • One to three years of demonstrated grant writing success within the nonprofit and/or government sectors
  • Development or accounting and budgeting experience with a nonprofit organization, preferably with an annual budget of over $10M.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and for Indigenous communities
  • Commitment to continuous improvement; open to learn from successes and failures
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, work flexibly when necessary, and with a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to excel in a remote workplace.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an ability to create high-quality materials and develop complex communications projects
  • Strong knowledge of federal and state contract administration
  • Proficient with Google Workspace, Microsoft Office Suite and experience with one or more fundraising softwares like Fluxx or Salesforce.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Must be a multi-tasker with a strong ability to work under pressure 
  • Strong team collaboration skills that helps to move projects forward in a fast-paced environment 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills while paying strict attention to detail
  • Knowledge of accounting systems such as QuickBooks.

Personal Characteristics

  • ACTIVATOR: You are a self-reliant person and are strong at making things happen by turning thoughts into Partners.
  • LEARNER: You have strong learning agility and are able to rapidly understand and analyze new situations. You learn from your successes and failures and improve processes to drive our mission.
  • COMMUNICATOR: You are an exceptionally strong communicator who can create high-quality materials and deliver compelling messages and presentations.
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: You are ambitious and creative and enjoy the process of building something from the ground up. You are excited by the opportunity to come in and have a heavy hand in shaping our development operations.
  • SOCIALLY & EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT: You are able to work efficiently and respectfully with others. You understand how individuals, groups, and societies work and you build rapport through being trustworthy and empathetic.
  • DETAIL ORIENTED: You strive for perfection and are able to move from the high level of a project to its smallest details.
  • FLEXIBLE: You thrive in a fast-paced environment and are flexible when it is necessary. You are willing to travel when needed.

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience at a GS level 11 ranging from $60,000 to $75,000. A generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave, professional development, and more.

How to Apply

Using the form submission below, include the following attachments:

  • Your resume (FILE NAME: “[LAST NAME – RESUME]”)
  • 2-page document to include: (FILE NAME: “[LAST NAME – COVER LETTER]”)
    • Cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
    • Short answers to the following questions:
      • How does your experience working in Indigenous communities inform your current work and your interest in this position?
      • What is your philosophy about grantmaking in Indigenous communities?
      • If you were offered and accepted this position, what would you be most nervous about going into this role?
      • NDN Collective conducts background checks, is there anything you want to share with us about your background?
      • Tell us about the best advice you’ve ever received. How do you incorporate this advice into your work or daily life?
      • If you have personal, social, or grant connections to anyone who works at or with NDN Collective, who do you know and what is your relationship/connection? If you are or have been a grantee of NDN Collective, please let us know when and what type of grant you received.

As attention to detail is critical for success in this role, only applicants who follow these specific application guidelines will be considered.

Note: Please apply to one position only.

NDN Collective is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination.  It is NDN Collective’s policy to comply with all federal, state, tribal and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, NDN Collective is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any NDN Collective supervisor, co-worker, vendor or client.

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