Current Opening: Grants Consultant

Hedges is an Indianapolis-based consulting firm building the capacity and strengthening the impact of non-profit organizations, corporations, and funders since 2002, with a particular focus on social issues like economic opportunity, education, health, and safety in Central Indiana. Each of our team members has a personal investment in making the community a better place for all people through a commitment to our values.

We are seeking a dedicated, flexible, and confident professional with a passion for addressing social issues through strengthening the nonprofit sector. Reporting to the Director of Grants Services of Hedges, the Grants Consultant will support multiple Central Indiana nonprofit organizations, each with unique organizational cultures and values, by providing outstanding grant-related strategy and services. The Grants Consultant will support a model of collaboration and shared leadership with the Hedges team.

Interested candidates should send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter including salary requirements and available start date in one combined PDF document to Melanie Priest by November 30, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

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Estimated Hiring Timeline

November 8-30, 2020: Application Open

December 2021: First and second round interviews

December 2021: Candidate selected

Our Values

Inclusion: We create opportunities where all voices are included, valued, and respected.

Trusted Partnerships: We build partnerships based in trust and integrity and bring out the best in each other, our clients, and the community.

Continuous Learning: We use data, research, and experience to inform service delivery, continuous improvement, and innovation.

Impact: We approach everything we do with a commitment to results that positively impact organizations, communities, and systems.


Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

Client Services

Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of nonprofit client organizations and use that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs to create grant proposals of exceptional quality.

Through meetings, work sessions, phone calls, and emails, collaborate with nonprofits’ executive and program staff to develop highly tailored grant proposals of exceptional quality.

Research and assess funder priorities and determine alignment with client organizations, their programs, and their initiatives.

Develop and maintain grant calendars and track all application and report deadlines for multiple clients.

Develop agendas for and facilitate monthly meetings with multiple clients and provide strategy on funder cultivation, alignment, partnership development, program development, and other tactics that will lead to strong grant proposals.

Compile, write, and edit compelling and highly tailored grant applications and grant reports exhibiting strong writing skills and a high-level command of grammar and spelling.

Coordinate with nonprofits’ staff to develop clear project specific budgets.

Help clients think strategically and leverage grant funding to build capacity and move their organization toward greater impact.

Utilize internal project management systems consistently, accurately, and with intention to communicate within the Grants Team.

Work closely with members of the Grants Team to ensure success of client work.

Perform other duties as assigned or required.

Organizational Health

Participate in the successful completion of the Hedges Strategic Plan to foster company growth and through the delivery of excellent client services.

In partnership with Director of Grants Services, identify and achieve annual Professional Development Plan goals.

Support all Hedges team members using a strength-based, shared leadership model.

Serve as a knowledgeable and professional representative of Hedges in the community.


A Bachelor’s degree with 3-5+ years in grants experience in the fields of health, human services, education, youth, and/or family services, OR any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Master’s degree and/or Grant Professional Credential a plus.

General understanding of the nonprofit community and how organizations operate.

Knowledge of and interest in the Indianapolis nonprofit community and addressing social issues including poverty, education, hunger, youth development, and violence reduction.

Knowledge of Central Indiana foundations, corporations, and other philanthropic sources.

A proven history of funded proposals.

Strong research skills, including identifying primary and secondary data to illustrate needs, opportunities, and successes.

Extraordinary project management skills and attention to details related to deadlines, attachments, budgets, guidelines, and more.

Highly organized, deadline-driven, able to multi-task, prioritize, and learn quickly.

Proficiency with developing logic models.

Aptitude to strategize and problem solve in groups.

Ability to work autonomously on multiple projects with short- and long-term deadlines.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe, Zoom, and various online portals.

Proficiency with databases that contain information about private foundations.

Ability to develop productive long-term relationships with a strong customer service focus in multiple organizational cultures.

Professional demeanor, patience, teamwork oriented, and highly motivated work ethic.

Willingness to assist with all tasks needed to ensure client success.

Access to reliable transportation to attend client meetings and events.


This is considered a full-time position, primarily remote with availability for in-person client and company meetings.