William James College, located in Newton, MA, is the largest accredited educational institution of psychology in New England. The College, which has four academic departments offering certificates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, has been on an exciting and inspired growth trajectory since 2002, expanding from an enrollment of 132 students and an operating budget of $2M to 750 students and a $31M operating budget today.
We are a mission-driven organization with a focus on ensuring the mental health workforce can meet the ever-growing need for trained mental and behavioral health professionals regionally, nationally and globally. We also aim to create a workforce that is both culturally diverse and responsive. Towards these ends, the College has developed academic programs focused on preparing graduates to address the unmet mental health needs of underserved populations including: Train Vets to Treat Vets, Latino Mental Health, Geropsychology, and the Black Mental Health Graduate Academy.
Nationally, the average graduation rate is 50 percent. William James College has consistently maintained a 90 percent graduation rate and 93 percent of graduates secure a job within six months of graduation. In short, William James College has a great story to tell.
We are seeking an entrepreneurial and strategic-minded Director of Foundation and Government Grants. Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and working with other College leaders, this position is responsible for identifying, capturing, and securing institutional grants and cultivating other grant making and sponsoring entities. As the person responsible for all grant-seeking activities at William James College, this position will serve as the lead relationship manager for foundations, government agencies, and corporate grant makers.
Proposal Development and Submission
Design and manage a grant development program that sustains and grows annual grant revenues based on William James College’s strategic priorities.
Coordinate and facilitate internal and external working groups involved in proposal/program design (external groups may include representatives from schools, state and community agencies, employers, and workforce development agencies).
Keep abreast and notify senior leadership of changing state, federal and private foundation grant standards and proposal guidelines.
Write, edit, and submit competitive grant proposals that include needs analysis, goals, objectives, activities, evaluation strategies, timelines, a project budget, and supporting data.
Manage and assemble all materials for grant submissions including, but not limited to, proposal forms, concept papers, budgets, letters of support, and memorandum of agreement.
Develop in conjunction with the budget office, accurate budgets and financial plans/documentation.
Coordinate the timely execution of grant submissions.
Ensure each project or program meets all proposal conditions and grant requirements.
Design and implement regular workshops for faculty, staff, and other relevant stakeholders on identifying grant opportunities and writing grants.
Develop and maintain a library of grant opportunities relevant to the work of William James College Faculty/staff.
Provide ongoing departmental support. Some evening and weekend work required.
Identify new institutional funding opportunities that will help to advance William James College’s mission, strategic plan, and/or fundraising priorities.
Maintain proactive communication with public and private grantmakers to monitor and keep the College information about relevant trends, issues, and opportunities.
Monitor on a regular various databases and available resources to identify calls for proposals from viable public and private grantmakers; create and manage a grant opportunity calendar.
Grant Stewardship and Management
Facilitate the transition from the grant development/award phase to the implementation phase in collaboration with the project leader, appropriate College leader, participating faculty and staff, the associate vice president of research, and the vice president of administration and finance.
Assist with development of implementation policies and practices.
Maintain record of pending, funded, and declined proposals in Raisers Edge as well as ongoing relationship development activities with funding sources and their representatives.
Steward grantmakers throughout the grant period, including extending appropriate invitations for site visits and/or attendance at special events and continuing education programs as appropriate.
In collaboration with the VP of Advancement and relevant college leaders ensure that grant-funded projects and reports are in compliance with all state, federal, foundation and other regulatory policies, procedures, and statutory authority.
Prepare, provide assistance with, and/or edit reports submitted to funding agencies as part of funding requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience from an accredited college or university (Master’s preferred).
Substantial years as a primary writer and editor in development of federal, state, and private grant applications for higher education or community-based organizations as evidenced by writing portfolio and history of funding success.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; must possess excellent editing skills.
Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced and confidential work environment.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple high-priority tasks and responsibilities to meet established deadlines.
Knowledge of and ability to research grants electronically and through print sources.
Excellent computer skills including, but not limited to, MS Excel, MS Office Suite, Powerpoint, database management and data search tools.
Understanding and experience with grant management/administration support.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with the external community, including governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations relating to higher education and grant-funded projects.
Experience and proficiency in leading diverse work teams comprised of internal and external representatives and in facilitating meetings.
Demonstrated experience and/or understanding working with individuals of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds, including those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities.
Proven ability to apply a strategic mindset to the task of identifying and pursuing new funding sources.
Experience and/or the ambition to exponentially grow a grants program.
About William James College
William James College is a leader in educating the next generation of mental health professionals to support the growing and diverse needs of the mental health workforce. Integrating field work with academics, the College prepares students for careers as organizational leaders and behavioral health professionals who are committed to helping the underserved, multicultural populations, children and families and veterans. William James College graduates can be found making an impact in a variety of settings, including schools, the courts, clinical care facilities, hospitals, the community and the workplace.