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Grant Writer

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
The hourly range for the position is $33.21-$38.32.
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IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, is a national, independent research center that works to forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within the American legal system. Located at the University of Denver, we work with experts, stakeholders, and everyday people who navigate our legal system in order to achieve our mission across five key areas: civil justice reform, family justice reform, the judiciary, legal education, and the legal profession. IAALS is an Institute within the University of Denver, distinct from the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, and is located in John Moye Hall on the University's campus.

IAALS works on solving problems within the American legal system: for the people, through the courts, and with the legal profession. We listen and put people at the center. We cut through complexity. IAALS does this by conducting comprehensive research, partnering with stakeholders to design new models, and empowering decision-makers to take action all toward advancing justice we can believe in.

Position Summary

The Grant Writer will report to the Director of Development (DoD). The position will develop and manage a prospective and current grant and award portfolio through identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding various sources of foundation and governmental support. Employee will ensure that fund development activities align with IAALS mission and strategic vision. This person will also maintain a grants and awards calendar and monitor application processes and deadlines. Employee will already have 8+ years of grants management experience and a proven track record of familiarity and relationships with key program officers at foundations.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct prospect research to identify foundations (family, community, state and national) that support areas of focus related to IAALS mission and programming. 
  • Compile internal and external information and data needed for grant or proposal submission. 
  • Prepare an engaging, compelling narrative, application and supporting materials required for grant and award submissions.
  • Follow all requirements and deadlines for grant and award submissions and donations. 
  • Create and manage a process to pursue, monitor and follow-up on-going grant and award submissions throughout the year. 
  • Establish, maintain, and communicate with key program officers and prospective funders. 
  • Review budget proposal and communicate fundraising activities with DoD. 
  • Maintain records and provide information for DoD to compile annual report. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional research skills, knowledge of funders and priorities.
  • Strong oral and written presentation, and layout skills.
  • Ability to connect IAALS needs with grant opportunities.
  • Ability to manage proposal budget process and financial reporting.
  • Detailed-oriented with an ability to manage multiple grant writing projects and to meet deadlines.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree.
  • Three to five years of grant writing experience with a demonstrated track record of securing funding.
  • Skilled at cultivating and stewarding relationships with foundations and program officers.
  • Demonstrated track record in working collaboratively across organizational departments, as well as with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with foundations and government funding priorities and key program officers.
  • Experience with donor data management software and experienced at data mining to identify potential philanthropic support.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Eight years of grant writing experience with a demonstrated track record of securing funding.

Work Schedule
This is a part-time position. Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Schedule is flexible as approved by the supervisor.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Thursday, January 20th, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 11.

Hourly Range:
The hourly range for the position is $33.21-$38.32.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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