The Grant Specialist’s role will be to continually search, identify, facilitate, and implement grant opportunities. This position is responsible for grants development, evaluation, and compliance, including research, pre-award grant writing, coordination of grant applications, and adherence to grant guidelines. This individual will assist with providing technical assistance to Onslow County departments, private and non-profit organizations related to development of grant applications and processes.
Performs complex planning, research, consultative, technical and program administration.
Performs routine searches for funding opportunities, understands and tracks the current and evolving research.
Investigates local, state, federal, private, and corporate sources of funds. This includes reviewing materials, listservs, telephone contacts and correspondence.
Takes the lead in searching and communicating funding opportunities to Onslow County staff and small businesses.
Performs internal reviews of institutional needs and assesses the feasibility of obtaining external funding for project and program proposals.
Develops and maintains an internal grant application process.
Develops and maintains a grant management system for funded grants that includes report due dates, budget adherence, impact of grants, and any other grant requirements.
Develops and maintains a library of information on funding sources, grant writing, and community and state data relevant to Onslow County programs and services.
Coordinates, develops, and processes grant applications from conceptual to submission stage while working closely with faculty and staff throughout all phases.
Ensure adherence to guidelines of grants.
Continually promotes grant opportunities and provides professional development and grant training to Onslow County staff.
Coordinates, manages, and leads grant development teams of key internal and external stakeholders that may include Onslow County staff and small business owners.
Assists in identifying and preparing grant applications for small businesses located in Onslow County.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the local business community.
Proactively engages with companies to create a business environment conducive to growth and expansion in the County. Conduct outreach visits and maintain ongoing relationships with area businesses.
Knowledgeable of funding sources, compliance issues, and legal and fiscal policies of funding sources and appropriate government agencies; high degree of initiative to find solutions and meet deadlines; work independently, with the ability to work under pressure; knowledge of and experience using databases to do research, to identify funding opportunities or other similar functions; knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of modern office software (e.g., Windows, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Professional, Adobe Acrobat and database software); demonstrated advanced level competencies using spreadsheets; excellent research and analytical skills; experience in grant program planning and analysis; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department staff and various community members; ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects independently, often with tight deadlines.
Education, Experience, and Special Requirements
Requires a bachelor's degree in business, public administration, finance, or a related field; and 3 years of experience related to grant development, grant opportunity searches, grant writing experience including federal, state, and private sources. Evidence of a successful funding track record or grant management.