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Planner/Grant Writer

Portland, ME
The Planner/Grant Writer will work to identify funding opportunities and write grant and loan applications/proposals to secure grant and/or loan dollars, including funding for projects involving water supply/treatment, wastewater systems, community development, brownfields, hazard mitigation, etc.  This position offers an opportunity to play a significant role in the project finance/funding process for an exciting division of our organization that delivers projects to public and private clients nationwide.
Candidates should have excellent research, writing and computer skills and must be highly organized and self-driven with the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple deadlines.
  • Under general direction, facilitates research, development, review, and editing of loan and grant applications and proposals; conducts basic research for potential funding sources and maintains databases.
  • Guides potential funding opportunities from conception through the application process and, if awarded, through implementation and administration.
  • Interacts with stakeholders involved in loan- and grant-funding activities.
  • Researches new sources of funding and facilitates internal communication of funding opportunities for municipal, utility, and private clients.
  • Maintains comprehensive knowledge of particular areas involved in identifying and soliciting grants.
  • Provides direct client guidance and input on various potential projects and funding applications.
  • Oversees current funding awarded for clients’ capital projects and manages tasks involved with grant and loan administration.
  • Oversees preparation of capital and operational funding applications, amendments and revisions
  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, economics, public policy, engineering, or public or business administration, with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in planning of various types of projects
  • Demonstrated understanding of grant application writing process, including data gathering and research.
  • Experience with the laws, rules, and regulations regarding public procurement practices and other environmental and federal, state and local regulations.
  • Understanding of the Environmental and Energy fields.
  • Ability to convey basic engineering topics, issues, and data to a wide variety of audiences.
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