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Grants Manager, SCCLS

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS) the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and older residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands seeks an experienced, creative, and strategic professional to support fundraising operations.

The Grants Manager position requires strong writing, data analysis and project management skills. The Grants Manager will work with the SCCLS leadership team and advocacy staff to track relevant grants deadlines, prepare grant requests, facilitate data collection, establish opportunities and methods to showcase the organization’s legal work, prepare report narratives and facilitate communication with funders and staff to ensure compliance with grant requirements. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a growing legal non-profit whose mission is to achieve justice for low income communities.

Responsibilities:

The Grants Manager will:

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of SCCLS’s programs and history, policies, and procedures
  • Ensure application and reporting deadlines are met by establishing target dates for information gathering, writing, budgets, review, approval, and transmittal. Create and maintain a grants’ tracking calendar
  • Collaborate with leadership to identify grant opportunities to meet legal needs of the community
  • Develop new proposals by assembling relevant information including project nature, objectives/outcomes/deliverables, implementation, methods, timetable, staffing, budget, standards of performance, and evaluation
  • Facilitate communication with funders and staff to ensure compliance with grant requirements
  • Facilitate data collection, establish methods to showcase the organization’s legal work 
  • Collaborate with staff as warranted to raise profile of the organization in the community
  • Participate in professional development opportunities
  • Effectively model and communicate a commitment to organizational mission and support for the organization

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 2-5 years of professional experience in grant writing, fundraising or project management in a non-profit preferred
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Demonstrated analytical and persuasive writing skills, superior editing skills, including ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage diverse activities, meet critical deadlines without sacrificing quality
  • Self-starter, problem solver and team player;
  • Evidence of dependability, trustworthiness, and effective work habits
  • Ability to represent the Organization in a professional and highly competent manner
  • Demonstrated tech savviness including strength with word processing, spreadsheets, database, and internet research skills
  • A commitment to fostering inclusivity and equity, as well as humility when working with clients, colleagues, community groups and funders at the intersection of multiple identities
  • Capacity to facilitate groups and meetings equitably with a framework that embraces race equity principles; experience engaging with community groups, organizations, and advocacy groups to identify and address issues affecting low-income residents and communities

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  SCCLS offers competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries and will be commensurate with experience. Multi-lingual annual increment to base salary may be added for demonstrated language skills. SCCLS offers a benefits package which includes medical and dental for employees and dependents; life insurance; long/short term disability; PFMLA benefits; 403(b) retirement plan; and generous leave.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a letter expressing your qualifications and interest in the position.  Include a resume, writing sample and contact information for three references. Materials and any questions should be submitted to Lissl Thelin at  lthelin@sccls.org with Subject Line: Grants Manager

SCCLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster a healthy, inclusive environment where all staff, clients, and community members are valued, empowered and recognized, especially individuals who come from marginalized communities that are often under resourced, underserved, and underrepresented.

Overview of SCCLS and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts

SCCLS is a private, non-profit law firm which provides free legal help in a wide array of civil matters to low income residents of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth counties and parts of Norfolk County. 

The organization has a staff of 75 that provide legal assistance in more than 4500 matters each year. Administrative offices are in Fall River. Law offices are located in Fall River, New Bedford, Hyannis, and Brockton. 

SCCLS is expanding. Its 2022 revenues are expected to exceed $10 million. Its largest funder, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), provides approximately 60% of funding for the organization.  Other funders include federal Legal Services Corporation, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps), Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, MA Department of Public Health, four Area Agencies on Aging, United Way, CDBG funds, and private foundations.

SCCLS is the go-to organization for civil legal aid in the southeast region because of its work with low-income residents and community organizations over the past 50 years. SCCLS’ core mission is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community-based advocacy.

SCCLS and the Justice Center also operate a statewide AmeriCorps program which places 36 college or law graduates in legal aid programs throughout the Commonwealth to support the services provided to low income families and elders, and participates in the state wide justice community through service on numerous task forces organized around substantive issues, as well as service delivery issues.