Western Governors University is an online university driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs. WGU has flourished into a national university, serving over $100,000 students from all 50 states. WGU was founded by the governors of 19 U.S. states and supported by over 20 major corporations and foundations who believe in WGU’s commitment to producing highly competent graduates.
WGU has launched a new Foundation and Advancement team for the purposes of increasing and improving access to education and accelerating innovation for quality, affordability and student success. Advancement will complement and partner with WGU and its affiliates to support the promise of higher education for millions of students across the world.
If you are looking for a role with a creative, mission driven team and ready to help us build our new organization we welcome your application.
Reporting to the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Grants Specialist and Writer assists with developing relationships with potential grantors, writes, prepares, and manages proposals for grants in accordance with funder's policies and legal requirements and deadlines.
The Grants Specialist will suggest organizational guidelines for grant processes and prepare contract proposals. The Grants Specialist and Writer also contributes to grant compliance, reporting, and building relationships.
The position will assist the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in researching funding opportunities based on the needs of WGU. Follow-up, internal tracking and evaluation of the grant’s success are essential.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Previous grant, contract, research, and budget presentation experience of three (3) to five (5) years.
Developing grants or contracts, including, identifying goals, timetables, program needs and funding. Governmental grant knowledge preferred, including strong understanding of Federal Uniform Guidance with experience in Federal Grant Applications.
Evaluation and reporting internally and to grantors.
Not-for-profit grant writing experience, preferred.
Professional writing experience, ability to express ideas clearly, effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing. Intermediate skills in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook, required.
Strong research, analysis and critical thinking skills.
Ability to develop relationships with potential grantors and other individuals of influence.
Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Public Affairs, Communications, or related field.
Will consider equivalent combination of education and experience
3+ years of successful grant writing experience
Interpersonal skills - relationship building and networking with donors and other WGU stakeholders, diplomatic, professional demeanor, requires a high level of initiative, and position proactively seeks opportunities for partnership for mutual benefit to achieve development goals
Accuracy –Extremely organized with attention to detail
Initiative – Self-directs with a strong tendency for action. Leads the way to improve performance or processes. Displays keen interest in donors, students and WGU.
Problem Solving – Is able to develop new ideas that will enhance partnership results, is future-oriented and assesses what will help/hinder achieving goals, focuses on what is important
Earns trust – Is exceptional and persuasive using communication skills, oral and written, delivers on commitments
Reliability - Accountable to self and others, does what it takes to get the job done, actions are consistent with words, follows through on commitments, exhibits exceptional integrity
Attitude - Displays commitment to the organization and to personal growth, self-motivated and able to motivate and inspire others, asserts self appropriately to champion ideas, tells the truth in a direct and constructive manner
Adaptability – Manages behaviors and communication style to meet the needs of a wide range of situations, tackles obstacles appropriately, is comfortable with ambiguity
Student focus – The ability to keep the student at the center of what we do, and why we do it
About Western Governors University Foundation
Western Governors University is an innovative online university driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs. WGU has flourished into a national university, serving over 67,000 students from all 50 states. WGU has launched a new Foundation and Advancement team for the purposes of increasing and improving access to education and accelerating innovation for quality, affordability and student success.