Grant Officer, US Programs, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Posted by American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) on December 15, 2014

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization, which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Overview of Grant Unit

The Grant Unit is part of the AFSC Development Department, which raises general and restricted funds for AFSC through annual giving appeals, major and planned gifts, and grant requests. The Grant Unit is currently responsible for a portfolio of approximately 100 domestic and international grants annually, amounting to approximately $4 million. The Unit’s purpose is to raise grant funds to support AFSC programs from institutional funders including foundations, corporations, and governments. The Unit collaborates with program staff, Regional Directors, and staff from other support units to submit grant requests and reports on grant-funded programs.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Grant Officer, US Programs include the following:

  • Collaborate with program staff and regional leadership to write, edit, and submit grant requests seeking support from institutional funders for assigned programs.
  • Meet annual goals set by the Director of Grants for grant requests submitted, size of grant requests submitted, funds raised, and other metrics as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the accomplishment of Unit goals for grant requests submitted, size of grant requests submitted, funds raised, and other metrics as determined by Director of Development.
  • Cultivate contacts and ongoing relationships with 40-60 institutional donors; understand their priorities, philosophies and particular interests; and interpret the work of AFSC in articulate, compelling, and creative ways.
  • Steward and cultivate institutional donors by arranging meetings with program staff and leadership, sharing information when available, and keeping supporters and potential supporters apprised of AFSC work.
  • Develop and implement annual fundraising plans, based on the portfolio of 40-60 institutional funders.
  • Partner with the Prospect Researcher, program staff, and the Associate General Secretary to identify and qualify new prospects for possible grant support.
  • Assist programs to become grant ready by helping staff clarify goals, objectives, indicators, and data necessary for grant applications and reporting.
  • Coordinate contact of other AFSC staff with institutional funders.
  • Coordinate compliance requirements of grants including reports and audits.
  • Actively participate in Grant Unit meetings and projects.
  • Track all activity in AFSC’s fundraising database and keep records up to date.
  • Load grant-related documents into AFSC’s document management system.
  • Maintain knowledge of assigned programs through contacts with staff, attending events, reading materials and, when possible, by visits to field programs.
  • Continue to develop and enhance grant seeking skills through professional development.
  • Undertake additional assignments as directed by the Director of the Grant Unit.

Education: BA or the equivalent in education and training.


  • Four or more years’ experience and demonstrated success in raising grant funds from foundations, corporations, or governments.
  • Experience collaborating to write and edit compelling proposals in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Experience working with fundraising software, preferably Raiser’s Edge.

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