Spurwink Services
  • Administrative
  • Portland, ME, USA
  • 45.00-55.00 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Contract

Spurwink, a behavioral health and education organization serving over 8,500 children, adults, and families throughout Maine so that they can live healthy engaged lives in the community, is seeking a Contract Grant Writer. The Grant Writer will work with the Director of Business Development to seek grant and government funding that supports agency growth efforts and programs. Seeking mission-driven professional who wants to make an impact for people who experience mental health challenges, intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, substance use disorder, and trauma. Spurwink has a broad array of programs including outpatient clinical services and care management for children and adults, services for adults with mental illness and substance use disorders, foster care services and recruitment, child abuse evaluations, trauma-informed therapy for refugees, child residential treatment and special purpose schools, and group homes for adults with IDD/Autism.

The Contract Grant Writer is responsible for the preparation and submission of agency grant proposals for private foundations, corporate foundations, and government sources to secure funding for Spurwink. They will develop proposals for programs and growth opportunities, prepare progress and final reports to donors, researches and recommends funding opportunities, and maintain the agency grant calendar. Experience in social services, health care, and/or education preferred. Experience with federal and state grants preferred. Approximately 70-80 hours/month, schedule/hours may vary based on grant deadlines, with potential for more hours during peak period of higher volume. Start date as soon as possible.


  • Prepare grant proposals for foundations, corporations, and state and federal agencies in draft and final form that make a compelling case for behavioral health and education services and address identified organizational funding priorities.
  • Gather and assemble information and data for proposal development, facilitating internal, cross-departmental teams for RFP development.
  • Participate in quarterly grant group meetings for assigned grants, write, and submit interim and final reports for grants in collaboration with program staff and other departments to assure timely and accurate reporting.
  • Maintain an organization-wide grants calendar.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and government RFPs to evaluate prospects as needed.
  • Develop understanding of institutional history and programs.
  • Communicate regularly with Director of Business Development and appropriate teams and departments on the status of pending proposals.
  • Prepare social media/blog posts and grant announcements for funded grants, working with the Communications Manager and Director of Business Development.


Spurwink is looking for a grant writer with demonstrated experience in writing and submitting successful grant proposals for competitive foundation, corporate, and government grants. Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Ideal candidate will have experience working with complex teams within a large nonprofit organization. Demonstrated excellence in problem solving and analytical skills with attention to detail and accuracy. A self-starter, with ability to handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Strong editing skills and organizational skills. Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for proposal development and project research. Strong contributor in team environments. Demonstrated excellent organizational and project management skills with self-initiative to prioritize multiple projects to meet individual and department-related deadlines. Ability to remain calm under pressure and adapt to change. Occasional ability to work extended hours, evenings and weekends when needed to meet deadlines. Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentially and to perform with minimal supervision.

Bachelor's degree required with a minimum of two years professional grant writing experience; Master's degree preferred. Previous experience with nonprofit fundraising. Experience writing proposals in response to large state and federal RFPs and institutional donors preferred. Experience working in deadline-driven environments. Able to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with Spurwink clinical and education teams, finance, CQI and other administrative departments to prepare proposals. Experience writing for a mental health or social service agency preferred. Ability to maintain focus on multiple projects and appropriately prioritize activities to meet contract deliverables. Requires above average competency with Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, Teams, and Outlook, and familiarity with donor databases.

To Apply:

Please include cover letter, resume, and 3 writing samples (LOI, 3-page grant proposal, larger proposal), preferably in mental health, healthcare, and/or education.

Spurwink considers the health and safety of its clients, staff, contractors, and the community to be its highest priority. In this rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, Spurwink is working closely with the CDC, DHHS, DOE, CDS, and other partners to operate in the manner that is safest for all while also providing essential behavioral health services.

Spurwink is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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