Grants Advocate & Coordinator
1 opening available

Salary range: $21.63-$24.04 per hour

Remote work is acceptable; occasional appearance at Headquarters in Saranac Lake, New York,
USA will be required. The frequency of in-person attendance will be decided together upon hiring.

Employer: Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA)

Application Deadline: 11:59 PM EST Wednesday March 22, 2023 Please note: interviews will be
conducted on a rolling basis potentially prior to the deadline.
Organizational Background

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) seeks a Grant Writer to join our rural economic
development organization as we build prosperity across 14 counties located within and around New
York’s Adirondack Park. ANCA’s work focuses on creating and sustaining local wealth and improving
quality of life through four core program areas — Clean Energy, Food Systems, the Entrepreneurial
Economy and the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI).

As ANCA has expanded its staff and impact over the past 10 years, we have developed an organizational
culture that has proven successful in helping attract and retain high-performing staff. Our culture places
a high value on collaboration and a range of viewpoints, accommodation of remote work and flexible
schedules, and continuous cultural and critical consciousness development on the intersections of race,
class, gender, sexuality and other social identity categories. ANCA’s evolving culture is aimed at
providing a mutually supportive environment for our extremely dedicated staff.

Position Purpose
The ANCA Entrepreneurial Economy program connects small businesses and organizations throughout
our service area with technical assistance, strategic services, and educational programs. The majority of
ANCA’s small business and non-profit partners have zero to five full-time employees, which results in
limited capacity to perform administrative tasks such as researching and applying for state, federal and
non-governmental grants. The Grants Advocate & Coordinator will work with small business owners and
non-profit leaders to identify projects, match them with grant funding opportunities, and develop grant
applications and reports.

Position Dimensions & Impact
The Grant Advocate & Coordinator will develop programming and work one-on-one with select small
business owners and organizational leaders to identify relevant grant opportunities and support them in
their applications. The grant writer will not write start-to-finish grant applications for these constituents
but will provide a supporting role meant to bridge the gap that often exists between day-to-day business
operations and grant seeking activities.

Core Responsibilities
● Identify grants and funding opportunities available
● Maintain a system to track grant applications, including eligibility requirements, application
deadlines, budgets, and reporting requirements.
● Communicate grant opportunities and requirements to small business owners and organizational
leaders in a timely and effective manner.
● Create a rubric to evaluate grant applicant preparedness and project appropriateness.
● Work with a select group of small business owners and organizational leaders to prepare grant
● Support grant applicants to prepare or develop their own project research, including preparing
letters of interest, budgets, timelines, work plans, letters of support, and other required
● Develop a rubric and process to determine grant applications that are closely aligned with ANCA
program objectives and may qualify for fiscal or further support
● For a select group of grant applications that are closely aligned with ANCA program areas we
may provide:
● Preparation support for small business owners and organizational leaders to document
grant activities.
● Assistance in preparing reports to granting organizations following the completion of
● Document successful applications and share regular updates with the Communications Officer.
Minimum Requirements
Desired qualifications
The knowledge, skills and abilities that will enable a candidate to succeed in this position include:
● Two years of grant writing experience
● Knowledge of and experience with researching and identifying funding opportunities and
information sources
● Demonstrated experience successfully navigating and managing multiple proposal submissions
and funding opportunities
● Experience interpreting complex services, ideas and/or programs for those who seek them
● Experience reporting on activities and tracking metrics
● Strong written and oral English communication skills
● Demonstrated familiarity with word processing software, Google suite, accessing the internet,
managing files, digital communications, etc.
● Demonstrated experience working with confidential and sensitive information
● Demonstrated success in meeting strict project deadlines such as those associated with grant
applications and deliverables

Given the nature of ANCA’s work and our clients the successful candidate will also have:

● Commitment to racial, economic and environmental justice
● Ability to thrive in a highly-collaborative work environment
● Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints
● Active listening skills
● Ability to view the world through the eyes of the business owners we serve and center their
experiences in the decisions that impact them
● Patience, empathy and integrity
We will consider a candidate’s full range of educational, professional, and life experience. We do not
require any specific level of formal educational attainment.
Position Complexities
Much of the Adirondack North Country region falls within the six million acre Adirondack State Park and
most of the geography is very rural. These circumstances present their own challenges that the
successful candidate will need to navigate on a daily basis.
● Report to the Director – Entrepreneurial Economy
● Work closely with the Entrepreneurial Economy team and the ANCA team at large

Work Location
The work location for this position is the Adirondack Region of New York State, USA. (Clinton, Essex,
Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, Saratoga, St Lawrence, Warren
and Washington Counties).

The successful candidate may work remotely or at the office. A hybrid work schedule is welcomed. This
will be discussed further upon hiring. If the individual chooses to work remotely, they will be required to
report to the ANCA office in Saranac Lake, NY occasionally.

Benefits & Pay
ANCA offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience as well as a benefits package (for
full-time employees) that includes health, dental and vision insurance and paid time off. The wage for
this position is $21.63 -$24.04 per hour and includes mileage and reimbursement for work-related travel.
Please note that this is a grant-funded position with a time frame of roughly 12 months. Every effort will
be made to keep a strong grant writer employed but we cannot guarantee employment after this
funding period. Given the short term nature of this position, we are open to part time applicants as well,
but would prefer a full time hire.

How to Apply
Please send a combined cover letter and resume in PDF format and a list of at least three professional
references to: . Please include “Grants Advocate & Coordinator” in the subject line.
No phone calls please. Applications accepted until 1:59 PM EST Wednesday March 22, 2023. Please
note: interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis prior to the February 3rd deadline. ANCA will
notify you of your status after a thorough review of your application. While applications will be accepted
until the deadline, it is possible that ANCA may move forward with qualified candidates prior to the

ANCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.

ANCA encourages applications from persons who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color, as
well as other underserved and underrepresented communities.