Grant Writer (Campus Title: Grant Development Specialist)

Mount Wachusett Community College

Grant Writer (Campus Title: Grant Development Specialist)

Mount Wachusett Community College

About Mount Wachusett Community College:

Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) is a highly regarded educational institution located in Gardner, Massachusetts and accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Established in 1963, MWCC serves the educational needs of the communities of North Central Massachusetts with innovative undergraduate education, early college programs, workforce development, personal enrichment, and community service. With a strong emphasis on academic excellence, MWCC provides a supportive environment for individuals to pursue their educational goals, enhance professional skills, and seek personal growth. As a beacon of opportunity, Mount Wachusett Community College empowers individuals from all walks of life, fostering their development and transformation.

We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.

Mount Wachusett Community College embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values and makes it our mission to proactively focus on improving racial equity in our college community. We value equity-minded individuals with commitment to serve student learners from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants who share our commitment and who understand the benefits of culturally relevant practices needed in an educational environment.

Job Description:

General Statement of Duties:

The Grant Writer (In House: Grant Development Specialist) will identify, research, and pursue grant funding for college projects, programs, and services in alignment with the MWCC Strategic and Operational Plans. The Grant Writer will be responsible for an array of pre-award activities including researching funding opportunities, reviewing requests for proposals and related documentation, collecting and analyzing relevant data for proposals, making recommendations for/against seeking specific grants, writing grant proposals, and establishing and leading project development teams. The Grant Writer will also be responsible for providing technical assistance in the preparation of progress reports, budget revisions, and continuation grants.


• Identifies and pursues potential funding opportunities at the local, state, and national level that align to college’s strategic and operational plan;
• Reviews documentation, develops and administers needs assessment surveys and focus group sessions, and conducts demographic/statistical data research on and for grant proposals;
• Manages and leads project design teams by providing expertise, direction, and training to staff, faculty, administrators and community organizations in the vetting, planning, and preparation of a fully developed fundable grant concept;
• Develops and writes grant applications according to funding agency guidelines and deadlines as laid out in the annual grant development plan, proofreading and editing proposals for accuracy, completeness and clarity;
• Performs administrative tasks associated with department activities, to include facilitating initial post award grant transition meeting, guidance and technical assistance in the preparation of progress reports, budget revisions, and continuation grants and grant administration;
• Maintains professional knowledge in grant development and other applicable areas;
• Follows all internal processes for grant vetting, submission and administration, including use of relevant software and databases (e.g. Amplifund, Teams, etc.).
• Performs related tasks as assigned that support the mission of the organization.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Education, Curriculum Development, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field;
• Three (3) years of experience and/or training that includes grant writing, research, and project planning/development; or
• An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks under pressure of deadlines;
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
• Ability to facilitate activities of grant development teams towards a complete grant application.

Desired Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experience as primary writer and editor in development of large grants as evidenced by writing portfolio and history of funding success;
• Higher education and community college grant writing experience.

Equivalency Statement

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Information:

Campus Title: Grant Development Specialist
Salary: $57,249.00-$97,580.00

**** Actual Salary determined by education, experience, and any applicable grant limitations per the collective bargaining agreement. Applicants should be aware it is unlikely the salary will be at or near the top of the range.

Grade: 4
Employee Status: Full Time
Benefits: Yes
Hours per Week: 37.5
Number of Weeks: 52

The College’s telework policy allows the successful candidate to request a hybrid work arrangement with an expectation that the successful candidate will work on campus at least two-days per week and remotely for the remainder of the time, but also being available for additional on-campus presence as needed in accordance with the telework policy. Initial onboarding will take place on campus.

Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:

Candidates for employment should be aware that although the COVID 19 Vaccination Requirement Policy is no longer in effect, all Community College students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be up to date with vaccination against COVID-19. For additional information related to the status of the COVID19 Vaccination Requirement Policy, please visit:

The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

Anticipated Effective Date: May 2024

Priority will be given to applications received prior to May 17, 2024

Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).

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