Reports to: Corporate + Foundation Relations Director
FSLA Status: Exempt
Hours: Part time, 28+ hours/week
Location: South Portland and Lewiston, ME

Dempsey Center Mission + Values

At the Dempsey Center, our mission is to make life better for people impacted by cancer. Our core focus is on meeting our clients where they are and offering care and community that supports them in every part of their journey. We are seeking candidates who are passionate about our mission, eager to support our clients, and who live and model our core values of compassion, teamwork, humility, resilience, and commitment.

Position Summary

The Grants Lead is responsible for the production of all materials related to the grant application process, from identifying and qualifying prospects, to writing proposals and reports, to collecting data, budgets, and all relevant documents from a variety of departments, to submission. The Grants Lead will work with the Corporate + Foundation Relations Director to develop and execute a grant strategy that guides the submission of proposals to private and corporate foundations, and government funders in support of Dempsey Center.

The Grants Lead is accountable for researching, developing, and writing proposals, reports, and other written materials to secure funding for Dempsey Center programs, operations, and capital projects. This position will maintain and update a calendar of submission and report deadlines and deliverables, and communicate status out to key stakeholders on a regular basis.

Critical qualities for this position include exceptional written communication skills; demonstrated ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals; attention to detail; strong editing and organization skills, and the ability to meet deadlines. The Grants Lead should be a motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast paced environment.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Studying and understanding the history, structure, objectives, programs and financial needs of the organization.
  • Composing all grant applications and reports.
  • Conducting prospect research on new opportunities that align with the Dempsey Center’s mission.
  • Working with all departments to collect and synthesize data, providing links between Client Care, Finance, Operations, and other staff so that all activities related to grant data collection and reporting are smoothly implemented.
  • Ensuring compliance with IRS regulations and foundations’ requirements for grants.


  • Bachelor’s in business, health services, social services, nonprofit leadership, or communications, with 1-2 years demonstrated experience in grant writing and reporting, or an equivalent amount of education and experience.
  • Highly effective communication skills (speaking, reading, writing, active listening, presentation, ).
  • Effective analytical
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to make well-reasoned decisions, both independently and as part of a
  • Ability to follow-through to meet organizational needs.
  • Ability to use discretion in handling confidential
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a
  • Ability to see both the larger picture and detailed steps needed to achieve the organization’s goals and
  • Ability to maintain focus on multiple projects and appropriately prioritize
  • Ability to solve complex
  • Ability to meet job performance measures with minimal oversight and
  • Ability to express and maintain an open and confident mindset as well as a positive attitude.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Dempsey Center

The Dempsey Center promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. The Dempsey Center encourages applications from qualified candidates of every age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and veteran status.

Licensure, Registration, and Certification

  • Valid Maine Driver’s License

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to effectively communicate with employees, clients, Board members, donors and potential donors, volunteers, consultants, advisors, and members of the community.

Math Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide into all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.

Computer Operations

Requires intermediate or better proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook, or equivalent.

Responsibility for Confidential Matters

Works regularly with highly confidential information. Must comply with confidentiality policies and procedures. Utmost discretion and integrity are required for the job.

Adheres to Dempsey Policies + Culture

Regularly represents the Dempsey Center and interprets its policies and practices to all types of people within and outside the organization. Assumes responsibility for harmonious relationships. Treats everyone with dignity and respect.

Supervision Received

Receives very general guidance based on broad objectives for the job. Work is conducted in collaboration with others while maintaining alignment with organizational directives and guidelines. Independent judgment is used to achieve assigned objectives.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This is not a supervisory position.


The job requires some motor ability such as the handling or operation of a telephone, personal computer, copy machine, etc.; such operations are not a primary component of the job, nor is speed a basic requirement.

Required for all employees:

  • Background check
  • Annual flu immunization
  • COVID19 vaccination