Director, Grant Development

MERIDIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION Edison Requisition # 2021-103860 ShiftDay StatusFull Time with Benefits Weekend WorkNo Weekends Required HolidaysAs Needed On CallNo On-Call Required Shift Hours8:30am - 5pm Address343 Thornall Street, Edison, 08837

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How have YOU impacted someone’s life today?  At Hackensack Meridian Health our healthcare teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day.  From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career all within New Jersey’s premier healthcare system.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Institutional Giving and Grants Management, the Director of Grant Development is responsible for managing a portfolio of current and prospective foundation, corporate foundation, and public funding partners with a focus on delivering ongoing communication and engagement opportunities that build relationships and lead to increasing investment in the work of HMH Foundation. This position will identify and build donor relationships and secure grant funding for critical areas of growth as determined by Hackensack Meridian Health¿s strategic plan, including network priorities supporting specific growth opportunities such as the Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and more, as well as support for HMH facility/hospital-specific projects and clinical programs. The ideal candidate for this position will have significant experience building high-touch, long-term relationships with private foundation, corporate foundation donors and/or government staff, as well as demonstrated success soliciting and securing support.


A day in the life of a Director of Grant Development at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • Development of all written proposals to foundations, corporations and state/federal government agencies, including budget narratives, for solicitations of project-specific support, including a special emphasis on medical research.
  • Work with clinical, research, and fundraising staff to conceptualize proposals and compliance issues for funding in support of various strategic initiatives. Work with staff to gather required data and written materials supporting proposals and applications for support. This includes working closely with HMH corporate offices including Finance, Office of Research Administration, legal and other offices.
  • Research and identify philanthropic and public grant opportunities using grants databases as well as monitoring private, government and other philanthropic grant sites, publications and Request for Proposals (RFP) announcement while notifying appropriate HMH administrators, clinicians and scientists about new and emerging grant opportunities
  • Serve as project manager for applications pertaining to government legislative earmarks and agency-directed funding in collaboration with outside lobbyists and as appropriate. Facilitate communications and application documents with internal investigators and project teams, including external funding consultants.
  • Coordinate and facilitate internal and external working groups involved in proposal/program design (external groups may include representatives from schools, state and community agencies, employers, and workforce development agencies).
  • Serve as an integral senior member of the Institutional Giving and Grants Management team, including strategic planning for funding opportunities, donor cultivation and stewardship practices, mentorship of junior team members, and flexibility to support time-sensitive projects as needed.
  • Drives project meeting strategies to ensure the program and content align to philanthropic goals and objectives.
  • Ensure grantee compliance for all projects in portfolio, including development and submission of reporting materials.
  • Implements a comprehensive grants tracking program for preparation of grants, submission and protocol compliance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university required.
  • 8-10+ years proven track record in securing foundation, corporate, and government grants, including researching opportunities, development and implementation of grant strategy, preparation of all required materials, excellent writing skills, and expertise with preparation of project budgets, as well as preparation of required reports.
  • Experience in front-line fundraising with foundation and corporate foundation donors and prospects, as well as government personnel.
  • Knowledge of scientific and medical information.
  • An articulate, genuine touch; professional enthusiasm; ability to innovate and be resourceful; a strong work ethic; superior oral and written communication skills; and excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • Collegial team player able to interact effectively with diverse internal and external constituencies.
  • Effective in a fast-paced environment and eager to contribute to the collaborative goals of an organization.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple assignments and deadlines.
  • Handles information ethically, accurately, and confidentially.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  • Masters degree from an accredited college or university preferred.
  • Proven track record in project managing, writing, and securing federal government grants, including National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and others strongly preferred.
  • Experience in a healthcare environment, or a closely related field involving grantseeking and relationship management.
  • Proficiency with Google Office is preferable.
  • Experience working with Raiser's Edge and/or other fundraising/CRM management software.
  • Promotes and demonstrates cooperation and understanding of Foundation's common goals.
  • Demonstrates effective, open and timely two-way sharing of grant information, ideas and opinions.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, is highly organized and is deadline oriented
  • Continually seeks opportunities to improve work processes and outcomes.

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