The Grants Consultant provides high-value consultation and support to Northern Light Health and its members to advance priority initiatives through external institutional funding. This individual works with system leaders and external partners to develop concepts, and identify, cultivate, and solicit grant funding from government, corporate, foundation, and other sources for program, capital, or research initiatives. The Grant Consultant is a key member of the Institutional Funding Team (IFT) which coordinates external institutional fundraising efforts; makes a critical contribution to sponsored project development and management; and is responsible for the submission of quality applications. This individual collaborates closely with other Grants Services staff, Northern Light Health member organizations, the NLH Foundation, Clinical Research Center, fiscal services, program sponsors, and community partners.Essential job functions include: 1) Engaging with Northern Light Health clients to understand system and member organization needs, goals and priorities for external funding; 2) Contributing to the development and implementation of the system's external funding strategy as a member of the IFT; 3) Working collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment; 3) Undertaking appropriate research to glean information to support strong proposal development; 4) Engaging with external stakeholders to collaborate in strategic partnership proposals; 5)Establishing positive and productive relationships with funding agencies and philanthropic organizations; 6) Organizing and orchestrating the development of complex proposals involving several contributors; 7) Writing and editing proposals; 8) Working in advance of deadlines to assure timely submissions; 9) Providing comprehensive post-award support to clients ensuring effective and timely grant deliverables and reporting to funders.
The Grants Consultant is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Grant Services.Job Functions and Duties/Key Functions/Responsibilities:Grants Development
•Program/project concept development
•Prospect research & planning
•Proposal writing, editing & review
•Works effectively within funder guidelines to prepare proposals that advance priority initiatives
•Works with clients to ensure the accuracy, completeness, compliance with funder requirements and timeliness of grants submitted
•Maintains knowledge of Northern Light Health system priorities, initiatives, and recent awards that advance proposal development
•Maintains knowledge of national objectives for healthcare reform and evidence-based models of care to advance development of proposals that are responsive to funder interests
•Research, identify and qualify potential funding opportunities from corporate, foundation, and government sources for fit with system priority initiativesGrants Management
•Maintains familiarity with terms and conditions, and contractual obligations of awards received
•Provides post-award grants management and support to clients, including coordination with internal grant support departments, external partners, and funders.
•Follows and recommends policies and practices that maximize the effectiveness of grant services and the IFT, including advising on pre-& post-award compliance requirements
•Manages both individual projects as well as elements of projects managed by junior staff
•Manages both electronic and paper filing systems
•Tracks status of projects under development and grant submittal activity; maintains and tracks data within grants and institutional funding management databasesRelationship Building and Customer Service
•Advances and builds relationships with funders, Community Health & Grants Department, Institutional Funding Team and Northern Light Health member organization stakeholders
•Promotes effective engagement of grant services and the IFT throughout the system
•Establishes ongoing, valuable communication with internal clients regarding the Northern Light Health Institutional Funding processes
•Provides consultation to clients on project concept development to support high value, transformative initiatives
•Provides consultation to clients on the process of securing approvals to move project concepts forward for proposal preparation and submission
•Develops and maintains contacts with other healthcare organizations, and external stakeholders to maximize collaborative funding opportunities
•Leads the proposal generation process, particularly for complex proposals with multiple contributors to produce compelling high-quality proposals
•Work closely with junior or less experienced staff to promote effective engagement of and successful delivery of grant services throughout the system
•Acts as a role model and maintains a productive, positive team cultureSystem Building & Strategic Support
•Serves as a grants strategy consultant to align funding activity with strategic plans
•Maintains knowledge base of strategic directions and assesses system needs, strengths and opportunities for external funding
•Prospectively maps & matches system priorities to funding opportunities including vetting of funding opportunities
•Advances the development of the Office of Community Health & Grants through active engagement in department initiatives to improve population health
•Coordinates with Northern Light Health Marketing and Communications to ensure compliance with NLH standards for branding, and release of grant-related media coverage
•Takes an active role in identifying and pursuing professional development opportunities to advance personal growthOther
•Organize and coordinate special projects, provides periodic progress updates as assigned
•Other duties as assigned
Education and Experience:
Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree and should have at least 5+ years of successful experience in grant proposal writing with federal, state and local governments, foundations and corporations, preferably within a healthcare setting. Experience with complex federal grant submissions is required as well as knowledge of federal grant and contract regulations and policies with demonstrated work experience. Project management expertise is a must. Pre- and post-award grants management experience is a plus.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•Excellent organizational and time management skills with superb attention to detail
•Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills
•Excellent active listening skills
•Exceptional writing, analytical and researching skills, as well as the ability to handle multiple high priority activities simultaneously
•A high level of customer service orientation and the ability to work both independently and as a dependable member of a team
•Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituencies, manage shifting priorities, and direct multiple complex projects and meet deadlines in an efficient and organized manner
•Ability to work effectively under pressure, use independent judgment and produce quality work product within time constraints
•Sound analytical, decision making abilities, and problem-solving techniques with ability to prioritize problems and demonstrate resourcefulness in their resolution
•Must be a team player and able to work with and through others
•Facility with MS Office software, CRM and/or project management software
While not having expressed authority, the Grants Consultant will use strong facilitation, negotiation, and project management skills to lead grant project teams throughout Northern Light Health.
Supervision Received (ability to act independently)
Receives general guidance from the Director of Grant Services and acts independently to achieve established goals.Organizational Impact
Must be able to sit and/or stand long periods; light lifting, bending, some walking, hand dexterity sufficient to manage keyboard functions. Must be able to work in an open office environment and possesses visual and hearing acuity necessary to discern information from the telephone, computer, printed forms, written and oral instructions from coworkers and others.
The employee is required to operate a computer keyboard and monitor (including laptop computers).
The employee must have a valid driver's license and possess his or her own transportation, or be able to make alternative transportation arrangements with reasonable notice.Note: the duties listed above reflect the majority of the duties of this job and does not, nor is it intended to, reflect all duties that may be required for an incumbent in this job to perform.
Equal Opportunity Employment
We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, protected veteran status, national origin, genetic information or any other legally protected status.