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Job OpeningsDo you enjoy caring for others? Want to make a TRUE difference in your community? If yes, then join our team as we care for our Seacoast neighbors. We use a team approach in treating each client as a WHOLE PERSON, leaning upon each other’s resources and specilties to provide high quality care.

Current Job Openings


Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center seek a grantwriter to support programs at both organizations, which are planning to merge this fall. Responsibilities include research to identify new funding prospects; writing proposals to new and existing funders (including foundations, businesses, governments and other organizations); developing and maintaining relationships with funders; working with finance and program staff to report on grants; and other duties as requested. Candidates should have a bachelors’ degree and at least two to five years’ experience in grantwriting or a related field such as program development, fundraising or communications. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills; be proficient in research and in interpreting and analyzing diverse data; be self-motivated, well-organized, flexible and able to work independently and in collaboration with others; and have strong concern for detail and accuracy. This position is 40 hours a week and will be based at Families First’s office in Portsmouth.

Interested candidates should send completed Employment Application with letter of interest, salary requirement and resume to: Eva Leyer, HR Coordinator, Goodwin Community Health, at Eleyer@goodwinch.org or 311, Route 108 Somersworth, NH 03878.

Posted 7/28/17


Families First Health and Support Center
& Goodwin Community Health

POSITION:  Grantwriter

SUPERVISOR:  Communications Coordinator (at Families First)




POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for identifying, defining and developing funding sources to support existing and planned program activities; coordinating the development, writing and submission of grant proposals to foundations, businesses, governments and other organizations; and  collecting, analyzing and reporting data on the performance of grant-funded program activities.


Primary responsibilities include preparing proposals and grant applications and performing responsible professional and administrative work in researching, identifying and developing and responding to public and private grant opportunities.

Prospect Identification

  • Researches and identifies new government and private funding prospects, including foundations, corporations and state and federal governmental agencies.
  • Identifies funding opportunities to match agency priorities in new program areas, using research tools.
  • Maintains list of prospective funders, their funding priorities and proposal deadlines. Works with CEO and program staff to match agency needs with prospective funding sources.


  • Generates revenues for agency programs and services through timely submission of well-researched, well-written and well-documented fundraising proposals, including supporting documents.


  • Works with finance and program staff to gather information necessary to report to funders on current grant programs. Writes reports to government, foundation and other funders.
  • Complies with all grants reporting as required by grantor.

 Funder Relations

  • Acts as liaison between program staff and funder as necessary.
  • Serves as liaison to all funding agencies or organizations.
  • Engages with program officers at organizations to solicit invitations to submit proposals.
  • Provides stewardship to current grantors in coordination with Development Director andCEO, including providing regular written updates (newsletters, press coverage, etc.).
  • Provides funders with recognition through press releases, social media posts and ensuring inclusion on all online and print lists of agency supporters.


  • Undertakes special projects as requested.
  • Maintains an understanding of institutional history and current programs.
  • Maintains current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Tracks statistics relevant to development Works with Development Director and CEOto provide development input for all written Agency materials (including Annual Report, etc.).
  • Assists with other fundraising projects as requested.


Bachelors’ degree and at least two to five years’ experience in grantwriting or a related field such as program development, fundraising or communications. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, be proficient in research, interpreting and analyzing diverse data and possesses the ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals. Must be self-motivated, well-organized and flexible. Must have strong concern for detail and accuracy.

  • Fundraising – Has previous experience with non-profit fundraising, knowledge of fundraising information sources, and knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.
  • Design – Generates creative solutions; demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.  Strong editing skills.
  • Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Visionary Leadership – Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.
  • Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others.
  • Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost-saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action policies and respects diversity.
  • Strategic Thinking – Understands organization’s strengths and weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.
  •  Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; develops realistic action plans.
  •  Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity – Strives to increase productivity.
  • Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions; responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Has experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Initiative – Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.

OSHA CATEGORY:  Family Practice Category III: Jobs that do not routinely involve exposure to blood, bodily fluids, or tissues. (Persons in this category are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency medical care or first aid, or to be exposed in any way as condition of employment.)

KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS/ABILITIES:  In addition, the individual in this position must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities, and to possess the necessary physical requirements with or without the aid of mechanical devices to safely perform the primary functions of the job.

  • Physical requirements include ability to extend hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction; pick, pinch, type or otherwise work primarily with fingers; stand for sustained periods of time and move about on foot to accomplish tasks; raise objects from a lower to a higher position or move objects horizontally from position; apply pressure to an object with fingertips; sustain substantial movement of wrists; hands and/or fingertips.
  • Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and make fine discrimination in sound.
  • Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people of varied educational, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, skill levels and value systems; to work with frequent interruptions and to respond appropriately to unexpected situations. Excellent listening skills.
  • Ability to exert up to twenty (20) pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, punch, pull, or otherwise move objects. Primary functions involve sitting, as well as stooping kneeling, crouching, and reaching; walking, particularly for long distances, and standing for sustained periods of time.
  • Visual acuity sufficient for work which deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, account, computer terminal operations, extensive reading, and visual inspection involving small parts/defect.
  • Ability to transport self to meetings and alternative sites when requested.

How to Apply

To apply for any of the jobs listed above, please email an application (found below), cover letter and resume to our HR Director.

Families First staff are very dedicated, compassionate and non-judgmental, and are a fun group of people. I love the variety of things I get to do in my job. And it’s wonderful to be able to offer things that are really needed, good and necessary services offered to people for the betterment of the whole community.

– Hilary O’Neil, Outreach and Family Center Coordinator (since 2007)

I have great communication with my supervisor. And I get to help patients. Many patients are surprised when they come here that we really are here to help them. It makes you feel good. Staff are great to work with; we are like a family. We’re very busy, so the day goes by quickly. My ideas are heard and sometimes implemented. We all try to work as a team.

Cheryl Mosley, Front Office Coordinator (since 2004)

I love that I get to spend as much time as a patient needs, as often as they need, to help them understand and cope with their diabetes. I love my colleagues, who inspire me to do the best I can for every patient, without judgment. I love that we look at a patient’s insurance status only to figure out how to help them, not to determine whether we will help them.

– Mary Malloy, RN, Primary Care Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator (since 2008)