Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston
  • Institutional Advancement - Development
  • Waltham, MA, USA
  • Full Time
  • We regret that we cannot take phone calls regarding this position. JF&CS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Jewish Family & Children's Service is seeking a full-time Grant Writer to join a vibrant Institutional Advancement team and play a critical role in furthering our mission of providing exceptional human services, guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community.   

The Grant Writer is a key member of the JF&CS Institutional Advancement Team and will have responsibility for securing gifts from a portfolio of donors that includes foundations and corporations. In addition, the Grant Writer works closely with development colleagues, organizational leadership, and program staff to achieve the goals of the philanthropy program in support of JF&CS programs and services. The ideal candidate enjoys the dynamics of a fast-paced organization, a collaborative environment, and is looking for a position where their work will provide an opportunity to "do good" in the world as part of a high-impact organization providing direct services in the areas of mental health, economic insecurity, Holocaust survivor services, services for older adults, services for people with disabilities, and services for young families. 

Reports to: Director, Foundation Relations

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following:

  • Write and edit persuasive requests for funding and other materials designed for institutional audiences, such as reports, supporting documents, and informal updates.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Foundation Relations, engage senior leadership and program staff in developing proposals and attending meetings with foundation leadership.
  • Secure proposal invitations from current donors and new prospects in support of JF&CS's strategic priorities.
  • Cultivate and solicit an assigned portfolio of institutional donors, assuming primary responsibility for stewardship and retention.
  • As needed, develop proposals and reports for donors not in portfolio, provide input to team strategy, and complete other related tasks in order to achieve team goals.
  • Plan and implement site visits, donor calls, and other cultivation activities designed for institutional donors and prospects.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of priority areas and initiatives within JF&CS and maintain collaborative relationships with relevant program staff. Maintain knowledge of institutional funding and other philanthropic trends.
  • Research new prospects aligned with JF&CS priorities.
  • In coordination with the JF&CS Volunteer Manager, plan out volunteer opportunities to match the interests of corporate funders and prospects to bring them closer to JF&CS and create openings for revenue asks.
  • Coordinate with Operations and Finance staff on grant accounting, grant agreements and acknowledgements, accurate record keeping, and timely financial reporting.
  • Maintain active prospect management system in Raiser's Edge.
  • Meet annual targets for donor and prospect visits, solicitations, and revenue.


  • Demonstrates excellent communication and writing skills: ability to articulate JF&CS' mission, program objectives, and resource needs persuasively to potential donors
  • Brings curiosity and strategic thinking to prospect research, donor strategies, and writing for donors
  • Is able to work independently and prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Possesses strong organizational, problem-solving, and planning skills; attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work within an organization emphasizing teamwork, respect, and excellence
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of donor data management best practices; Raiser's Edge experience desirable

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-5 years of development or related experience required.
  • Experience with direct donor contact and grant requests preferred.

To apply for this position, please send your resume along with a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications. 

**In compliance with federal vaccine mandates, COVID-19 vaccination & proof of vaccine will be required prior to employment or employees must have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons by the first day of employment with JF&CS.**


For more than 150 years, Jewish Family & Children's Service has been helping individuals and families build a strong foundation for resilience and well-being. We intentionally serve and employ people of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.

Our work is guided by core tenets of faith and commitment not by bureaucratic processes or a desire to maximize profits. Our goal is to improve lives and improve the world which is part of what makes JF&CS a special place.

We have a strong culture of professional development, work-life balance, and promoting from within. 

JF&CS is an equal opportunity employer who serves and employs people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly values diversity, equity and inclusion. Employment opportunities are available to all without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston


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