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Contract Grant Writer

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) is a community development corporation committed to sustainable development in housing opportunities, economic development, vacant land strategies, community engagement, and real estate development. NKCDC advances social equity and economic empowerment by nurturing and creating opportunities for residents to live and actively shaping their neighborhoods of choice. To that end, NKCDC provides free resources to residents and businesses in the Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods.

NKCDC has a strong reputation, both locally and nationally, with longstanding credibility of serving as a trusted and valuable partner and collaborator. The organization is one of only two community development organizations in Philadelphia chartered members of the NeighborWorks America network. Our current work using a trauma-informed community engagement model, applying a racial equity lens across the organization, and leading programs at the intersection of health and housing are keeping NKCDC at the cutting edge of community development. NKCDC draws on the strengths of the communities in Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond — a population of over 62,800, 23% of whom live below the federal poverty level — to make sure neighborhood development benefits all residents. More information can be found at

Our progressive approach, grounded in community engagement, relies on a diverse and multifaceted support system crucial for its long-term sustainability. As a contracted grant writer, you will play a pivotal role within our team, actively fostering and sustaining these vital resources. Your responsibilities will primarily encompass grant writing and contract oversight, with the guidance of the Director of Development and Executive Director.

Reports to:
Director of Development

• Provide expert grant writing, contract management, and specialized development support for NKCDC.
• Collaborate with program staff and leadership to consistently identify, assess, and research potential opportunities that align with NKCDC’s mission and ongoing initiatives.
• Coordinate and monitor grant proposals and responses to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), liaising with various departments to gather all necessary supporting documentation.
• Spearhead grant and contract management, from initial meetings to ensuring timely reporting on deliverables and project closure.
• Foster seamless communication across departments as needed to facilitate effective grant and contract management.
• Maintain existing relationships with funders to sustain support for NKCDC’s initiatives.
• Provide help soliciting individual, corporate, and institutional contributions to bolster funding efforts.

• Professional demeanor with exceptional interpersonal skills.
• Outstanding verbal and written communication abilities, capable of effectively engaging with our board, a diverse range of stakeholders, and supporters.
• Proven capacity to work autonomously and collaboratively, adept at prioritizing tasks, taking initiative, managing multiple projects, and meeting deadlines. Demonstrated flexibility in handling time-sensitive assignments and initiatives.
• Demonstrated track record of success in grant writing and management required, preferably for organizations with annual budget exceeding $1 million.
• Experience with government/ foundation grant proposals and government contract management desirable.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Proficiency in a variety of computer and internet applications, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, and grant management platforms.

This role is for an Independent Contractor on a 1099 basis, with a flexible duration of 3-6 months. Contracted hours will fluctuate based on workload and are anticipated to average 20 hours per week throughout the contract term.

Application process
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, hourly rate, and 3 writing samples to, with “[YOUR NAME] and Contract Grant Writer” in the subject line. Applications received by April 19th, 2024, will be given full consideration. All candidate resumes are given due consideration and are kept on file for one year, but we cannot always respond personally depending on the volume of inquiries.

Hiring process
Our hiring process includes a 20–30-minute interview with HR, followed by an in-person interview with the hiring manager. Reference checks are conducted after the interview. 

NKCDC provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, race, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, religion, language, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or physical ability. If you meet some of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply or to reach out for more information. We know groups subjected to systemic oppression– including people of color, women, people from working-class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities who are marginalized.