Wisconsin: Growing Power, Inc. seeks Grant Writing and Curriculum Development Associate

22 Feb

Growing Power, Inc. is a nonprofit organization located in the City of Milwaukee, that supports the development and sustainability of community-based food systems, i.e., farmers markets, community gardens, school-based gardening, and agricultural projects.  It offers hands-on training and technical assistance in sustainable agricultural techniques that can be implemented in urban or rural settings.
Growing Power, Inc. is seeking a full-time staff to contribute to Development related activities of the organization.  


  • Write and submit grants on behalf of the organization.
  • Research new and ongoing federal, state, private, and other public grant, contract, and/or other funding opportunities.
  • Keep a current funding opportunity calendar.
  • Track Growing Power program progress as aligned with awarded supporting grants.
  • Complete grant reports, as required.
  • Provide thorough evaluation of Growing Power programs in partnership with Growing Power Evaluator and the Development Manager.
  • Develop curriculum for Growing Power educational programming in collaboration with Growing Power Education  Staff.
  • Keep thorough records of grants, evaluation deliverables, and educational material.
  • Submit timely reports to Development Manager.
  • Assume other administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Perform other organizational tasks as needed, i.e., farm-related fieldwork, workshop preparation, etc.


  • Minimum requirement – four year degree in education, non-profit, grant writing or similar degree
  • 1-3 years experience in nonprofit development-related activities, required
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher.
  • Experience with project management, program coordination
  • Demonstrated understanding of Milwaukee Public School System and curriculum requirements as outlined through Wisconsin State and National Standards
  • Experience with Curriculum Development, preferred through the Milwaukee Public School System
  • Good attitude and positive outlook in work environment
  • Full-time schedule requires ability to work outside of the regular 40 hour schedule in the event of meeting application deadline or other pressing organizational needs
  • Full participation in Growing Power’s monthly “From the Ground Up” weekend workshops (January – June) in addition to the regular work-week load
  • Sense of humor and the capacity to manage stress in healthy ways.
  • Experience working with diverse people
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues and an interest in food security and local sustainable development

The Grantwriting and Curriculum Development Staff reports to and works under the supervision of the Growing Power Development Manager.  The Grantwriting and Curriculum Development staff will receive basic training at the Growing Power Community Food Center in all aspects of urban sustainable agriculture activities, but will focus on their work on grantwriting related activities.

Salary is competitive and based on qualifications and experience.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Leana Nakielski, Development Manager, Growing Power, Inc., via

email: leana@growingpower.org.
mail:   Growing Power, Inc.
c/o Leana Nakielski
5500 W. Silver Spring Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53218

If you have any questions, please contact Leana Nakielski: 414.527.1546 ext. 111

Application review begins immediately and closes on March 18, 2011

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