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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville

Director of Research and Grants

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville


Job Summary

The Director of Research and Grants is responsible for the identification, writing, fulfillment and tracking of all agency grants in alignment with the annual budget along with new opportunities that become known throughout the year, with the support of the Grants Specialist. This individual maintains, expands and diversifies grant opportunities by securing funds from private, public and family foundations, corporations, housing agencies, and governmental funding sources for sponsorship, construction gap funding, technology, infrastructure, land acquisition and development, general operating support, special projects and other agency needs. Under supervision of the COO and working collaboratively with all agency departments and the CEO, this individual develops grant proposals, performs administrative activities from grant inception to receipt of project funding and final reporting, and oversees grant management including monitoring, completion of fulfillment, reporting, forecasting and audits. Reports to the COO.

Job Responsibilities


  • Researches and Develops Grant Opportunities
  • Researches and identifies new funding opportunities related to governmental, foundational, and corporate sources and makes recommendations to the Leadership Team and/or Department Heads for pursuit
  • Responsible for identifying matching grant opportunities in accordance with agency programs, capital needs, and initiatives
  • Represents Habitat in affordable housing forums and venues as requested and warranted
  • Initiates and maintains communications and develops relationships with prospects and funders via meetings, phone calls, and other methods of prospecting such as written correspondences and visits to funders, in conjunction with the CEO and other agency leadership
  • Facilitates Grant Development and Grant Writing Process
  • Oversees all facets of the grant application process, including researching, writing/editing, compiling supporting documents, submitting, and tracking grant proposals from inception to fulfillment. Responsibilities include all agency grants
  • Manages and grows a portfolio of grant funders to ensure a diverse revenue stream
  • Tracks deadlines of potential grant-making sources by maintaining a grants calendar, as related to the fiscal year budget
  • Meets with program staff to gather and extrapolate information (including programmatic details, financial budgets, etc.) that supports grant development as appropriate
  • Manages Grant Reporting and Tracking Processes
  • Develops and maintains schedule for reporting grant results to funder, utilizing Salesforce.com
  • Maintains grant pipeline to capture line-item detail for each grant opportunity being tracked with information focused on current stage, forecasted dates for future stages, updated valuation for financial projections, expected commitment dates, and expected receipt of cash dates, in coordination with finance and other departments
  • Documents donor data, grant outcomes/feedback, and historical findings in donor database/grant calendar for effective grants management and tracking
  • Coordinates authorization of agreements, contracts, and promissory notes related to grant funding
  • Coordinates with finance, construction, divisions, homeowner services and development departments to ensure proper financial accounting, procurement/ purchasing standards, property management information, and grant audit
  • Manages Grants Specialist
  • Oversees the work of the Grants Specialist
  • Provides training to the Grants Specialist on all agency grants and related procedures
  • Identifies development opportunities for the Grants Specialist to help provide for their growth and expanded skills in the discipline


  • Research, write, fulfill, and monitor agency grant funding requests, continuously working to identify both recurring and new sources of funding
  • Ensure complete and accurate electronic grant documentation in agency’s shared drive and Salesforce.com
  • Develop and maintain relationships with corporations, foundations and government agencies crucial for ongoing agency grant support
  • Coordinates across agency department lines in support of grant proposals and subsequent fulfillment requirements
  • Maintain accurate detailed grant pipeline including updated financial projections
  • Participate in and support agency activities as requested by management.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.
  • This position is primarily in-person.


Position requires a minimum of 5 years of experience in grant writing as well as supervision, administration, and/or management of grant processes; experience with federal grants is strongly preferred. Bachelor’s Degree required. Proven track record in proposal writing and grant attainment; Grant Professionals Certified (GPC) credential a plus. Demonstrated proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and donor management systems is required; experience with Salesforce.com is strongly preferred. Effective organizational, planning, analytical and written and oral communication skills. Must have the ability and desire to work respectfully with people of all cultures, languages, national origins, races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, classes, immigration statuses, sexual orientations, gender identity and expressions, ages, mental or physical abilities, and other diversity factors. Must conduct all activities in accordance with Habitat principles.

Additional Information


  • SIMPLE matching
  • Health insurance
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) with an employer match
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Employer paid Life insurance & STD/LTD
  • Paid time off

How to Apply

For all interested and qualified candidates please send a Cover Letter and Resume with three professional references to: jobs@habitatnashville.org


  • Date Posted: January 6, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Analytics / Evaluation
  • Service Area: Housing
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/ wk ; M-F