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Gandara Mental Health Center Grant Writer | Part-time in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Grant Writer | Part-Time

We're searching for a Part-Time Grant Writer. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in the growth and development of a multi-faceted mission driven organization that is committed to supporting individuals and communities with significant social and health disparities capacity to thrive and achieve well-being. Gandara’s administrative offices are located in West Springfield, MA with programs located in Boston, Brockton, Fitchburg, Holyoke, and New Bedford.

Grant Writer Responsibilities:

  • To write grants.

  • To identify grant opportunities (federal, state and private foundations).

  • To establish on going relationships with funding sources.

  • To provide grant writing capacity building opportunities for senior and program managers.

  • Develop and manage work plans for grant completion.

  • Work closely with the Grant Development and Management team to identify, prepare and submit competitive responses on time, to funding opportunities.

  • Support research, model design, and gather information from administrative or program staff through interviews and other means about specific sufficient to prepare a competitive response.

  • As appropriate, research grant-making organizations, and assist in developing and maintaining relationships funders as needed.

  • Utilize database to track funder prospects, profiles, and interaction; and create calendar of grant application deadlines.

  • Support the development and procurement of MOU agreements.

  • Collaborate with the agency's Fiscal, HR, EHR and Program Departments as required to support the development of grants, as required.

Required Skills

Grant Writer Qualifications

  • Excellent expository writing, research, and organization skills.

  • BA/BS from accredited college or university in the pertinent subject matter (Public Health, Social Work, Public Administration, Behavioral Health or Social Sciences) or pertinent skills (Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or English); or a minimum of 5 years of equivalent experience. Graduate Degree, a plus.

  • Minimum 2+ to 5 years of experience with writing grants across multiple funding sectors for a variety of population types is preferred.

  • Knowledge of Funding requirements

  • Experience with multi-million dollar grants as well as statewide

  • Extensive experience with EOHHS funded agencies, federal funds (i.e., SAMSHA, Health and Human Services

  • Cultural Sensitivity and Competence are important success factors

  • Familiarity with social/behavioral health services,

  • Facility with key computer programs: Word, Excel, and Outlook.

  • Experience in quantitative data analysis and presentation would be highly welcome.

  • Initiative, attention to detail, and reliability in a deadline-driven environment.

  • Ability to thrive in a team environment.


Gandara Mental Health Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. The Gandara Mental Health Center is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Reports to: Grant Development Director.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

* Due to COVID-19, the Grant Writer opportunity based in the West Springfield Office, has partial remote flexibility *

Please forward your Resume/CV to Jayson Sánchez at For additional inquiries, call our office 413-736-8329 ext. 1038

Required Experience