Grant Writer/Corporate and Foundations Gift Manager

Job Summary

The Granter Writer / Corporate and Foundations Gift Manager supports corporate/foundation fundraising and stewardship as well as internal and external communications initiatives of the Institutional Advancement Division at Millsaps College. The major areas of responsibility include serving as a liaison to foundations/corporations, grant writing and process management for proposal and report submissions, and general IA communications. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

This position works on-site in Jackson, MS. Regular work hours are from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Evening and night hours and occasional weekend work will be required.

Job Duties

Portfolio Management

  • In coordination with the AVP, manage a portfolio of corporate/foundation prospects including strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Work with faculty/staff to develop funding proposals based on priority needs of the College.
  • Write proposals; manage the review and editing process; manage the submission process.
  • Maintain relationships with foundation representatives through phone and email, and organize site visits for donors, prospects, and administrators.
  • Maintain a master database and calendar tracking process for proposal and report due dates; ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports according to deadlines; prepare monthly status reports for the AVP Development Operations.
  • In coordination with the principal investigator, monitor and implement grant reporting requirements for corporate / foundation donors.


  • Conduct research regularly to identify new opportunities and potential corporate and foundation funders that match institutional needs, priorities and interests with funders’ mission and grant programs.
  • Alert administrators and faculty to opportunities; coordinate review and approval of grant submission.
  • Meet with department heads and faculty to stay informed of current program interests and institutional priorities.


  • In addition to grant proposals, provide writing support for the President and Vice President for Institutional Advancement (thank you letters and other correspondence, etc.)
  • Responsible for compiling a monthly E-Newsletter to alumni, parents and friends of Millsaps (includes researching stories, writing, technical creation)
  • Assist with alumni, parent, and fundraising social media campaigns
  • Assist with other fund raising / stewardship projects as assigned (solicitation letters, donor stories, etc.)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, or a relevant field, or an equivalent mix of education and experience.
  • 3-5 years’ experience writing grant proposals, preferably in a college / university setting with proven track record of success in achieving six figure or higher grants.
  • Superior verbal communication, writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines and produce high-quality work.
  • Outstanding listener who can ask questions to make a concise and compelling case for support.
  • Confident and collaborative team member who can proactively work with a broad range of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and executive administrators.
  • Demonstrated professional experience with MS Office suite, hosting virtual meetings, and creating PowerPoint presentations

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 15 pounds without assistance.
  • Manual dexterity needed for keyboarding and other repetitive tasks.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should email a copy of their resume, a letter of interest, and a writing sample to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

About Millsaps

Millsaps College is a selective institution of higher education located on 100 beautiful acres in the heart of Jackson, the capital of Mississippi — a progressive southern metropolitan city of nearly half a million. Millsaps is dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry and free expression, the exploration of faith to inform vocation and the innovative shaping of the social, economic and cultural progress of the region. The college was founded in 1890 by members of the Methodist Church and is consistently ranked as one of the best values in higher education.

Millsaps has an enrollment of approximately 750 students and employs 80 full-time faculty members. The faculty/student ratio at Millsaps is 1:9, and the average class size is 14. Millsaps has graduated 25 Fulbright Award recipients, seven Rhodes Scholars, six Goldwater Scholars and two Truman Scholars. Millsaps is a member of the NCAA Division III and Southern Athletic Association and competes in 18 intercollegiate sports.

EEO Statement

Millsaps College values diversity within our students, faculty and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people. Millsaps College does not discriminate in employment on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and/or local laws.

All offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and verification of employment. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Millsaps College provides a competitive benefits package.

It is the policy of Millsaps College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities for employment. If you require any accommodations to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact [email protected].

Additional Information

In compliance with the amendments to the federal Clery Act concerning annual security reports, all potential job applicants are free to view Millsaps College’s annual Campus Crime Statistics here.

The only national liberal arts college in Mississippi, Millsaps College has consistently been ranked a “Best Buy” among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report‘s America’s Best Colleges and is cited as one of Loren Pope’s 40 Colleges That Change Lives. It was the first institution in Mississippi with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and is the only institution in Mississippi ever to be listed in The Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Millsaps is a member of the ACS and NITLE, and has an AACSB accredited business school. In accordance with Federal law, we are making available our Campus Security Report to all prospective employees. Millsaps is located in Jackson, the capital of the state. The Jackson area has a population of around 400,000 and offers low cost-of-living, excellent schools, pleasant climate, and many recreational opportunities.

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