Grants Writer

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SUMMARY: Under general supervision, performs duties related to the research, identification, writing, and development of various public and private grant opportunities in an effort to generate new grant-funding sources and revenues for the City of West Palm Beach; may perform related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Meets with staff from federal, state, and local agencies as part of the advocacy and negotiation process.
  2. Works with City’s departments to plan, organize, and coordinate the writing of their specific grant applications.
  3. Researches potential funding sources and develops funding requests.
  4. Prepares and files grant applications to ensure the funding of various programs.
  5. Initiates and coordinates actions steps in preparing and writing of grants from various funding sources.
  6. Disseminates information to the appropriate staff as it relates to upcoming funding opportunities.
  7. Prepares ordinances and other legislative actions, as required.
  8. Reviews contracts and enables legislation enacted for accepting grants.
  9. Prepares reports and correspondence as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing grants and their funding mechanism including expenditure and reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques, programs, and funding sources.
  • Knowledge of the City and departmental policies and procedures related to specific programs and projects regarding community based involvement.
  • Knowledge of project management including project evaluation and closeout.
  • Knowledge of management principles and their application.
  • Ability to initiate and coordinate actions to ensure the funding for the improvement/enhancement of various City programs.
  • Ability to follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to research information concerning potential funding resources and to develop program budgets.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing including presenting findings and recommendations to community organizations, the City Commission, and other government and private organizations.
  • Ability to interpret federal, state, local, corporate and foundation grant guidelines pertaining to programs and projects.
  • Ability to work under pressure and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, the public and representatives of other agencies.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:The incumbent is frequently required to sit, talk or hear, grasp, reach with hands and arms, and use hands and/or fingers, handle, operate objects, tools, and controls. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, stands, push, and lift and/or move objects of up to 10 pounds and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Social Science, Public or Business Administration, Mass Communications, or related field, and three (3) years experience in grant writing, report writing, contract administration/ or legislation development, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: Exempt
B/U: None
March 2003
 
Overtime: No
 
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