Senior Grant Writer

Job Type
Development/Grant Writing
The Neighborhood Developers
Contact Name
Alexa Shabecoff
Contact Email
Contact Phone

4 Gerrish Ave
Chelsea, MA
United States

Job Description


Are you enthusiastic about reducing economic disparities exacerbated by COVID-19? Are you a social entrepreneur with grant writing, donor stewardship, and program development expertise? Consider becoming the next Senior Grant Writer at The Neighborhood Developers (TND), a well-established community development organization serving Chelsea, Revere, and Everett, MA. This is an opportunity to join a multi-faceted, result-oriented department within a respected and growing community-based nonprofit. The Senior Grant Writer will take the lead on production and management of TND’s grants and service contracts. Ideal candidates will have three to five years of grant writing and fundraising experience, a strong performance track record, ability to coordinate the activities of multiple people and projects, strong communications skills, and knowledge of community development and funders.

For now, this position is a remote position, with socially distanced access to the office if desired. As pandemic conditions change, we anticipate a flexible return to our beautiful office in Chelsea.


TND’s Resource Development Program

TND a solid track record of fundraising results generated through individuals as well as institutional donors including foundations, corporations, and government sources. Grant proposals are submitted in support of principal programs areas, including: 1) Real Estate Development to expand affordable housing inventory; 2) Resident Services so that residents in TND’s properties remain stably housed and use their affordable home to accrue social, health, educational, wellness, and economic benefits; 3) Community Building to elevate the voices of residents, enabling them to shape the future of our communities and their own lives; and 4) Financial capabilities and workforce development services to increase the prosperity of community members through our CONNECT program, with TND’s economic mobility services integrated with those of our partners.

Currently, an average of 60 proposals to foundation, corporate, and government sources are generated annually, raising $2 million+. Funder research, grant production, funder stewardship, and contract management duties are shared among several colleagues. TND is a member of NeighborWorks America, a congressionally funded national network of community development nonprofits. Locally, TND is a United Way affiliate.

The TND Resource Development team is growing and building its capacity.  The team includes staff and consultants with expertise in grant-writing, individual and corporate giving, and communications. In addition to raising philanthropic revenue, the team produces TND’s print collateral, maintains TND’s digital media presence, stewards an annual fundraising event, and drives donor engagement.



The Senior Grant Writer will assume leadership of TND grantmaking and will work closely with team members to identify, produce, and manage grant opportunities. The Senior Grant Writer will closely coordinate activity with the program director, the contract manager and a contracted grant writer.

Grant and Service Contract Activities:

  • Conduct research and explore opportunities to identify funding from new and existing sources.
  • Conceptualize possible grant opportunities in collaboration with the Resource Development Director, Executive Director, program managers and the fundraising team.
  • Conduct activities to steward institutional donors.
  • Write grant applications and prepare proposal documents for submission. 
  • Once a grant is secured, support activities that see a grant through its full life cycle.
  • Using a Salesforce database, maintain schedules of all grant and contract activities and due dates.
  • Coordinate grantmaking activities with other activities of the Resource Development team.
  • Support TND’s communications efforts.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for TND.
  • Other activities as requested.


Desirable Qualifications

A strong candidate will demonstrate many of the following qualifications.

  • Three to five years of fundraising and grant writing experience. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a large volume of activity and to meet deadlines.
  • Strong data acumen, comfortable with spreadsheets and databases.
  • Understanding of TND’s programs, activities and mission.
  • Responsible, self-motivated, and able to carry out and prioritize multiple ongoing projects.
  • Ability to work across teams and to handle multi-teamwork flow coordination.
  • Has ability to interact positively with staff and funding partners.
  • Demonstrated strong cultural competence for working in a diverse multicultural community, and a commitment to social justice and TND’s mission.


About TND and Opportunity Communities

The Neighborhood Developers is a non-profit community development corporation with a mission to create strong neighborhoods enabling community members to secure a stable home, achieve economic mobility, and determine their own future. The organization builds affordable income homes, supports households to achieve greater financial mobility, and trains community leaders on issues related to affordable housing and social and economic justice. For more information, see

Opportunity Communities (OppCo) is a non-profit that provides all administrative and operational infrastructure for TND. Additionally, Opportunity Communities provides technical assistance and capacity building in many areas of our work, including fundraising and communications functions. OppCo’s mission is to build equitable communities of opportunity by strengthening the capacity, efficiency, and performance of independent local community developers who join OppCo as members. There are many benefits to TND through its membership in OppCo including competitive wages, comprehensive benefits, organizational sustainability, and ability to deliver results. For more information, see


Application Instruction

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via the following link:

Opportunity Communities, and members Nuestra Comunidad and The Neighborhood Developers, are equal opportunity organizations. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.