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Martha O'Bryan Center

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Grant Writer

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary


Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) is an anti-poverty non-profit organization with longstanding history and deep community roots, grounded in tradition and strengthened by innovation.  Founded in 1894 when Miss O’Bryan organized the Gleaners Society at First Presbyterian Church to support impoverished North Nashville residents, Martha O’Bryan Center has operated from the heart of Cayce Place – Nashville’s most distressed community – since 1948.  This is where we continue in service, partnering with Cayce Place families to open doors of hope and possibility, create a culture of attainment, and positively shape future generations.  Martha O’Bryan Center serves 12,000 people annually with its programs in early learning, parent empowerment, youth development, adult education, food security, crisis counseling and public charter schools East End Prep and Explore! Community School.


The Martha O’Bryan Center (MOBC) Grants Team is responsible for sustaining more than $4M in annual grants and contracts. Recent achievements include funding from prestigious state and national organizations, such as the Department of Human Services (two-gen programming), the Kresge Foundation (two-gen programming), the Aspen Institute (fatherhood programming), and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (equity, diversity, and inclusion best practices).

The Grant Writer helps raise funds for new and existing programs through grant writing, revision, submission, and compliance. He or she also interacts with program and administrative staff on research, program design, outcomes, budgets, and funder communication.

Job Responsibilities


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Leads and/or independently carries out grant writing projects (private, corporate, government).
  • Works closely with MOBC’s grant writing team to edit, refine and strengthen applications.
  • Consistently meets fundraising goals and works to expand MOBC’s portfolio of funding.
  • Works with program leadership, finance, HR, and data personnel to determine goals, objectives, outcomes, scope, feasibility, and program design. Researches best practices and community needs.
  • Identifies new corporate, foundation, and government sources of funding.
  • Maintains databases for funding opportunities and grants written (in Raiser’s Edge).
  • Helps maintain detailed grant proposal and reporting calendar.
  • Maintains files of existent grant-related funders, including follow-up information as required.
  • Facilitates communication with current and future funders.
  • Ensures reporting compliance.
  • Assists program and development staff in writing and editing other MOBC copy.
  • Works with all staff on consistent messaging (outreach, outcomes, and data).
  • Works with finance staff to identify greatest areas of need and develop plans for sustainability.
  • Represents MOBC at various meetings and community functions by developing and maintaining relationships with community representatives, non-profit partners, grant funders, and other public officials.
  • Regularly attends meetings relevant to grant submission and reporting process.
  • Develops holistic understanding of MOBC’s programs, strategies, and outcomes.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, Organizational Development, or related field.
  • Master’s degree a plus.
  • Two or more years of related experience.

The above qualifications express the minimum standards of education and/or experience for this position. Other combinations of education and experience, if evaluated as equivalent, may be taken into consideration.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills; excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Maintains credibility through sincerity, honesty, and discretion.
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong time management skills; uses time effectively; consistently meets deadlines.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Maintains a high level of confidentiality regarding sensitive information.
  • Documents regularly, thoroughly, accurately, and completely.
  • High level of detail and accuracy.
  • Exercises good and consistently fair judgment, courtesy, and tact in dealing with the staff and public in giving and obtaining information.
  • Strong critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly, to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to collaborate with a variety of individuals, within and beyond the organization.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret Requests for Proposals (RFP), manuals, guidelines, and contracts to optimum effect.
  • Ability to work with math concepts, in relation to budgets, probability and statistics.
  • Ability to synthesize complex ideas quickly and in accessible fashion, verbally and in writing.
  • Computer literate including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing software, email, and the internet.


Additional Information


This is a benefits-eligible position

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: February 11, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services