Cornell College
  • 09-Nov-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Mt Vernon, IA, USA
  • $47,000 - $57,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

full benefits package


Cornell College is accepting applications for a full-time Grant Writer. This position has a primary responsibility for cultivating and soliciting selected corporate, governmental, and private foundations as directed by the Provost and members of the Executive Team.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Identify, evaluate, cultivate, and solicit major philanthropic commitments with highly competitive proposals to support the mission and strategic goals of Cornell College. Monitor proposal deadlines, prepare and edit proposals, and manage proposal submissions.
  • Identify, evaluate, and lead the preparation of highly-competitive proposals for major grants to government entities (e.g., NSF, NIH, US DOE, FEMA) to support the mission and strategic goals of Cornell College. Monitor proposal deadlines, prepare and edit proposals, and manage proposal submissions.
  • Maintain contact with corporate and foundation representatives from the organizations that have supported the College in the past, or may support the College in the future.
  • Work with the Advancement office to coordinate and maintain high-quality cultivation and stewardship processes for active corporate and foundation donors.
  • Ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships and maintain eligibility for future awards by writing and submitting all required reports for grants and awards and maintaining detailed records of prospecting and solicitation activities.
  • Coordinate with the Grants and Compliance Manager and Business and Enterprise Services as needed.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community is called upon to engage in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The college is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at mentoring students who are broadly diverse. (See our diversity statement here.)

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a selective liberal arts college distinguished by our Ingenuity curriculum that builds on the strengths of our One Course At A Time schedule. This combination encourages the qualities of being thoughtful, original, and inventive, using the strengths of a liberal arts education to apply ideas to solve problems and meet challenges through hands-on experience in learning. Academic immersion, Division III NCAA athletic teams, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from across the U.S. and worldwide. We are located in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an urban fringe community located in the heart of the ICR Iowa region.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

A bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3-5 years in project management and grant writing.

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to manage large and complex projects in a college setting.
  • Demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing, including budget development for philanthropic, foundation, and federally-funded grants.
  • Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve goals.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments and awards from corporations, foundations, and governmental entities.

Application Process

The position will remain open until filled. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of three references through Cornell's online application system.

Cornell is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smokefree Air Act. Cornell utilizes E-Verify and requires satisfactory completion of a background check.

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