Grants and Contracts Specialist

  • 25 Oct 2020
  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Full-time
  • US-Based Positions

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Grants and Contracts Specialist to support CVT’s institutional fundraising strategy by researching, initiating and managing institutional proposal processes for a variety of domestic and international funders, including the US government, other international governments, the UN and other private international funding entities. Position is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and we are open to applicants who would work remotely from outside the Twin Cities. 


  • Proposal Writing:  Prepare grant applications and government contracts, work with program staff to obtain information for funding proposals. Mobilize teams of CVT staff to develop new projects or programs. Partner with program officers when needed around submitting reports to funders on a timely basis. Prepare or assist in the preparation of funder reports.


  • New Program Design:  Participate with program staff, as appropriate, in the development of new programs and projects in order to expand CVT’s programming. Design, develop, create funding plans and budgets, identify potential new partners, and build new funding relationships.


  • Prospect Research:  Conduct ongoing research on potential donors including foundations, corporations, religious and civic organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors. Identify connections between donors and CVT Board members, volunteers and staff


  • Relationship Building:  Keep key connections with the institutional fundraising team, other CVT staff and external stakeholders through regular meetings, letters of introduction/inquiry, phone calls, donor visits and site visits. Mentor staff in the field for local funding opportunities.


  • Stewardship:  Acknowledge grants personally and formally or assist program managers in this when needed. Invite donors to CVT events and engage CVT staff members and volunteers with donors in cultivation activities. Maintain Raiser’s Edge records for all prospects and donors with meeting notes and actions. 


Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years of progressively responsible experience in institutional fundraising and technical grant writing
  • Demonstrated success in securing support from institutional donors


Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in fundraising
  • More than 3 years of progressively responsible experience in institutional fundraising and technical grant writing.
  • Experience working with international NGOs in proposal development, program design and implementation.


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Ability to compile content, write new content, proofread, and edit documents
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and institutional cultures.
  • Ability to think creatively and proactively about new institutional opportunities and new project designs that are consistent with organizational culture and mission.
  • Knowledge of local, national, and international donor landscape
  • Excellent prospect research skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive donor information.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Proficiency in using Raiser’s Edge or equivalent program to manage donor information
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Ability to work autonomously and on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)
  • Interest in or commitment to human rights
  • Language competency in Spanish, preferred
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally up to 10% time.


To Apply:  Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by October 25, 2020 to


CVT is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, familial status, genetic information, or any other protected status. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds such as these to apply for this position.




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