Inspirica is one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut. Each night we house approximately 350 people (850 per year, including 250 children) in 11 facilities.  We are one of only a handful of organizations in the nation that is able to address the physical aspect of homelessness (residential services) and its underlying causes (support services) on a single, comprehensive, end-to-end platform -- a powerful, integrated “one-stop-shop.”  Our residential services cover the spectrum of housing: emergency shelters, transitional housing, deeply affordable housing, permanent supportive housing; and, rapid rehousing.  Our support services are similarly comprehensive and include: vocational training (home health aide certification); workforce education; job placement; housing placement; job & housing retention support; early childhood & parenting services; children's services (including an after-school program); health care, counseling, case management, and much more. We further provide direct access to mental health care, psychiatric care, dental care, substance abuse treatment, etc. through a network of strategic partnerships.

Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives. Our principles are to be a results oriented, cost-effective organization with a caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers who believe in individual human potential, personal accountability and mutual respect.


The Deputy Director – Grants Management, Institutional Giving & Planned Giving reports to the Chief Executive Officer (who oversees Development).  The position has three components described below:

Grants Management

The Grants Management portion of the job is the most significant and time consuming of the three components of the position. The successful applicant will, in effect, serve as Grants Writer, managing all aspects of the application and reporting process for corporate and foundation grants as well as some city, state and federal government grants. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Performing research to evaluate prospects for grants and new sources of funding.
  • Cultivating relationships with public, private and corporate foundations.
  • Developing and writing grant proposals, concept notes, letters of inquiry and reports.
  • Ensuring that all proposals/reports reflect the objectives of the grantor, advance the goals of Inspirica and the grantor, include metrics that demonstrate Inspirica’s impact.
  • Working closely with the finance department on budgetary aspects of grants and reports.
  • Ensuring timely submission of grant applications and reports to donors.
  • Maintaining donor information related to grants within the Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Arranging for and helping prepare and host site visits related to grants.

Institutional Giving

The Institutional Giving portion of the job is closely connected to Grants Management. Inspirica takes great pride in its relationships with the foundations, corporations and civic institutions that support it. We view these relationships as a deep partnerships that take many forms.  The successful applicant will be responsible for managing these relationships. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Performing research and cultivating relationships with public/private foundations, public/private corporations and civic institutions.
  • Developing multi-pronged strategies that achieve the mission and goals of Inspirica and the corporations, foundations and institutions above.  These strategies include              myriad components such as volunteers, young professionals, pro bono support, Board of Directors/Advisory Council etc.
  • Working with relevant departments within Inspirica (e.g. volunteer services) in support of the above.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts can have outsized impact. They have been responsible for some of Inspirica’s most significant milestones. They provide support not only for our programs, but continued growth and success. To this end, last year Inspirica launched a Planned Giving program. The successful applicant will lead this effort going forward. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Performing research and cultivating relationships with potential planned giving donors, utilizing Inspirica’s database of long-term supporters.
  • Educating potential donors on options for planned gifts.
  • Developing multi-pronged strategies for Planned Gifts, including but not limited to giving from bequests, IRA/401k and 403b accounts, appreciated stock, charitable remainder trusts etc.



The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years’ experience in the field of not-for-profit development/fundraising with significant grant writing experience.  He/she will be a proven self-starter who is motivated by Inspirica’s mission to serve the homeless.  Additionally, he/she will:

  • Have superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to prioritize, plan and track work activities.
  • Ability to be flexible and handle multiple priorities under tight time constraints.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or similar system preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record in writing successful proposals.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.


Candidates should submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample by mail

or e-mail with Deputy Director of Development as the subject to:

Inspirica, Inc.

141 Franklin Street, Stamford, Connecticut 06901

Inspirica is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, veteran status, the presence of a non-job related handicap, or any other legally protected status.