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Grant Writer - Volunteer Position

at Sustainable Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA   —   Apr 17, 2014   |  
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Overview
About Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV):

Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) is a dynamic collaboration of 120+ businesses, governments, academic and non-governmental organizations (Partners), and scores of volunteers addressing environmental sustainability in Silicon Valley. We envision a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and a socially equitable community. SSV was designed to move beyond the traditional command-and-control model of environmental regulation to one of collaboration and partnership. By focusing on the desired outcome, rather than compliance-driven standards, participants can choose the methods to reach that outcome that make the most sense financially and technologically for each of them. We operate at the intersection of policy and action.

Position Overview:
SSV os seeking a Grant Writer, who is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations and will persuasively communicate Sustainable Silicon valley's mission and programs to potential funders. The Grant Writer researches, writes, and prepares government, foundation and corporate grant proposals and reports that align with SSV’s mission.

This is a volunteer position that works as a member of SSV's Grants and Fund Development Team and requires participation in regular staff meetings and training, and has the potential for some telecommuting. It is preferred that the candidate has his/her own laptop and communications tools. In return for the volunteer hours, the benefits to the volunteer candidate may include: job reference letter from the Executive Director of SSV, experience gained while volunteering on various projects, networking opportunities, and current resume entry. Most importantly, you will be helping the organization work towards its vision of a sustainable region, a thriving economy, a healthy environment and socially equitable community.
Responsibilities
Research, write, and submit compelling and timely letters of inquiry and grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and government entities.
Work with teams as needed to develop project descriptions, timelines, evaluation plans, and budgets.
Prepare and submit reports and updates to funders in a timely fashion.
Support research of new funding prospects.
Maintain up-to-date online and physical files of all grant-related content and correspondence.
Attend meetings related to grants and fund development.
Participate in staff trainings and attend special events.
Conduct other duties related to successful grants and fund development.
Experience
Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word).
Experience and excitement about working with diverse groups and communities.
Skills
The successful candidate will be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner.
Excellent grant writing, analytical, and research skills are essential.
Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly-organized.
Excellent ability to manage multiple projects, take initiative, work independently and as a team-member.
Excellent ability to meet deadlines while also paying close attention to details and accuracy.
Flexibility, strong commitment to collaboration, and resourcefulness.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and commitment to professional ethics.
Ability to work in deadline driven environment.
Grant writing experience will be preferred.
Compensation
Unpaid
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