Communications and Grants Manager

Reports to:  Director of Development

The mission of Inspirica (formerly St. Luke’s LifeWorks) is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives. We are one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut. Each night, we house 350 people (over 1,000 individuals per year, including 250 children). Our residential facilities include emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and deeply affordable housing. We serve individuals across the spectrum of the homeless, including single men, single women, families, people with mental illness, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Inspirica is one of only a few organizations nationally that is able to address both the physical component of homelessness (residential services) and its underlying root causes (support services) on a single, powerful, end-to-end platform. In addition to housing, we provide vocational training, workforce education, job placement, housing placement, job & housing retention support, children's services, early childhood & parenting services, case management, and more. We further collaborate with a vast array of external partners to provide medical/dental care, mental health care, and substance abuse treatment.

We are a results oriented organization with a caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers who believe in individual human potential, personal accountability, and mutual respect.

Position Overview

The Communications and Grants Manager will serve as Inspirica’s resident storyteller, bringing our programs and services to life for a variety of audiences, including funders, volunteers, and other stakeholders. This cross-functional position within the Development Department plays a vital role in helping the organization secure the funding it needs to continue its work to break the cycle of homelessness, including a primary responsibility for grant writing. Demonstrated talent and passion for storytelling and writing, as well as impeccable organizational skills, are essential.

Communications Responsibilities

Write, design, and produce collateral that drives engagement with stakeholders (corporate and individual sponsors, volunteers, board directors, government officials, and members of the general public) and educates about Inspirica’s mission, programs, events, and accomplishments/results. Responsibilities include:

  • Design and write digital and physical marketing collateral, such as presentations and pitch decks, brochures, event flyers, social media assets, and other branded materials

  • Write annual report, quarterly e-newsletters, and end of fiscal year and end of calendar year reports

  • Increase outreach to and visibility within the community through social engagement platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.

  • Update and maintain Inspirica’s website, including programs, events, and results pages

  • Develop relationships and processes with program staff to identify features on programs, services, and client success stories

  • Working with the development team and/or branding consultant, assist in the production of videos that promote Inspirica’s mission, programs, and/or events

  • Create electronic communications in Constant Contact, e.g. e-blasts for events, e-newsletters, etc.

  • Maintain and update Constant Contact mailing lists for various constituencies

  • Work with external vendors to produce printed materials on timeline and within budget

  • Ensure the use of consistent design standards, messages, and terminology across the organization’s communications and maintain in-house policies related to branding and communication

  • In consultation with media relations consultant, write press releases, op-eds, talking points, and other materials for placement in local and/or national media, including radio, television, and/or podcasts

  • Assist development and special events team, as needed

 

Grants Responsibilities

Play a lead role in managing and securing funding for a robust portfolio of grants that are critical to the sustainability of Inspirica’s programs and services. Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and write grant proposals, concept notes, letters of inquiry and reports for current and prospective funders, including public, private, and corporate foundations as well as select government grants

  • Perform research to evaluate prospects for grants and investigate new sources of funding

  • Working with the Chief Development Officer and Director of Development, cultivate relationships with public, private, and corporate foundations

  • Interview relevant stakeholders and coordinate with key program staff to develop effective and compelling proposals in support of both specific and general organizational priorities

  • Ensure that all proposals/reports reflect the objectives of the grantor, advance the goals of Inspirica and the grantor, include metrics that compellingly demonstrate meaningful impact, and adequately meet the funding needs of specific programs being supported by the grant

  • Maintain grants calendar and funder information within Raiser’s Edge database

  • Ensure timely submission of grant applications and reports

  • Work with relevant development and program staff to ensure that all grant requirements are met

  • Work closely with the finance department on budgetary aspects of grant proposals/reports, including monitoring grant expenditures

  • Draft acknowledgement letters for grants received

  • Coordinate funder site visits with key Inspirica program staff, including pre-meeting research and hosting the funder on-site

 

Qualifications

  • Passion for Inspirica’s mission to break the cycle of homelessness

  • Demonstrated ability to write compelling and newsworthy stories, grant applications, articles, and other content for a variety of audiences

  • Two years grant writing experience

  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills

  • Strong ability to think strategically

  • Excellent organization and time-management skills

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Ability to be flexible and handle multiple priorities under tight time constraints

  • Solid design instincts – experience with design software preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Experience with and/or knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus

  • Experience with grants writing a plus

  • Experience with Constant Contact, Sprout Social, and/or Square Space a plus

Candidates should submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample by e-mail to the below email address, with “Communications and Grants Associate” in the subject line:

search@InspiricaCT.org

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.