Website New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc.

GRANT WRITER

OUR ORGANIZATION:

NHEC is the second largest electric utility in New Hampshire, providing service to consumers and businesses in 115 communities throughout the state.  As a member-owned cooperative, serving our members is at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.

The electric utility industry is currently undergoing enormous change as consumers look for new ways to manage energy costs through distributed energy resources such as solar arrays, battery storage, energy efficiency, and the use of electro-technologies like heat pumps and electric vehicles in place of fossil fuel powered technologies.  These changes present new challenges and opportunities to find ways to meet our members’ evolving expectations and make this an exciting time to work in the electric utility industry. In June 2017, we completed a five-year strategic plan, identifying four areas of strategic focus with actionable goals within those areas.

  • Transformation of our Business Model to prepare for the widespread adoption of distributed energy resources by our members.
  • Adoption of a Voice of the Member platform to help us better understand and meet our member’s needs and expectations.
  • A focus on enhancing our Organizational Effectiveness by transforming NHEC into an organization that is innovative, nimble, and able to respond more rapidly to the changing needs of our members and the way they lead their lives.
  • Ensuring NHEC’s ongoing Financial Stability through development of a revenue model and associated rates and charges that better reflect the way our members will use our distribution system as they increasingly play a role in managing the energy resources that serve them.                                                          

To help meet the goals in the strategic plan we identified three key drivers that describe the kind of organization we want to be:

  • Member WOW! Our members are wowed by the service we provide.  Every interaction between a member and NHEC is deeply satisfying because we keep it simple, personalized and seamless so that the member feels their need is completely understood by us and, whenever possible, completely resolved with a philosophy of one and done.
  • Learning Organization. Our employees feel energized and excited by the possibilities and opportunities presented by these industry changes.  They are curious, feel empowered to experiment, work collaboratively, and share their knowledge and experience as they work to solve new problems, meet new challenges, and serve changing member needs.
  • Strategic Partnerships. We develop strategic partnerships that are central to our ability to achieve our vision by giving us capabilities and resources we do not have ourselves.  Our strategic partnerships open up opportunities to deliver value for our members that would have been unavailable on our own.  We clearly convey to our partner our vision of what we believe success looks like, and our partner is open with us about how they will help us achieve that vision and the challenges that will need to be met to get there.

Headquartered in Plymouth, New Hampshire, NHEC currently has 200+ employees.  There is much to be proud of in our existing organization, and a genuine enthusiasm for what the future holds.  It is an environment in which individual leadership and initiative are highly valued and encouraged, and success is viewed as a shared accomplishment to be celebrated by all.  Ensuring our members have the energy they need, the information they want, and a partner they can trust is what makes us different.

The Position

We are looking to hire a dedicated Grant Writer to write grant proposals for NHEC.  The Grant Writer will write coherent, organized, and compelling proposals and will apply your knowledge of fundraising methods and plans to reach income goals.  You will collaborate with team members in the organization to assist with other fundraising projects and develop relationships with key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepares proposals by determining concept, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals.
  • Determines proposal concept by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs, studying requests for proposal (RFPs), and attending strategy meetings as well as developing relationships and collaborating with key stakeholders.
  • Meets proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and transmittal as well as tracking data.
  • Coordinates requirements with contributors and attends review meetings to discuss proposal status.
  • Gathers proposal information by identifying sources of information, coordinating submissions and collections, and identifying and communicating risks associate with proposals.
  • Develops proposals by assembling information including project nature, objectives/outcomes/deliverables, implementation, methods, timetable, staffing, budget, standards of performance, and evaluation.
  • Writes, revises, and edits drafts including executive summaries, conclusions, and organization credentials.
  • Maintains quality results by using templates; following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone; maintaining proposal support databases.
  • Obtains approvals by reviewing proposal with key providers and project managers.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities and maintains personal networks.
  • Furnishing prospective funders with supporting documents as needed.
  • Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

The Person 

To ensure success you need to write well, have proficient knowledge of fundraising methods, and be committed to the mission you are representing.  Preferred applicants are deadline-driven team players with outstanding multitasking abilities.

Experience, Abilities, Skills, and Job Knowledge

  • First and foremost, someone who will be energized and excited about NHEC’s mission and will thrive with the opportunity to enhance an already great organization.
  • An inquisitive, open mind – someone who is interested in finding creative solutions and new ways to support the organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Media, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2+ years’ experience in grant writing, prospect research, general fundraising or a minimum of 5 years comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting.
  • Excellent presentation skills, communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Graphic design skills and ability to create technical documentation.
  • Strong people skills.
  • Strong problem solving and process improvement skills as well as the ability to think strategically.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.

Working Conditions

  • Assistance with power restoration efforts is required of all employees. It may be required during regular business hours that employees will be assigned functions to support power restoration and for some employees that may be different from their normal duties. In addition, such assistance may require working nights, weekends and holidays which may involve considerable extra hours. In order to meet this working condition, all employees are required to provide a personal phone number where they may be reached after hours. This number will only be used for internal purposes.

NHEC offers an excellent compensation and benefits package.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.