Grants and Research Associate

Job Description:
MCLA has an opening for a part-time Grants and Research Associate (GRA) in the Office of Institutional Advancement. The GRA will assist in the planning and execution of a comprehensive Grants and Development Research program for MCLA. The GRA will work closely with the Director of Development for Grants and Research and the Advancement team to help ensure the success of an integrated approach to cultivation and solicitation activities.

About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:
At MCLA, we're here for all – and focused on each – of our students. As a 2019 Top Ten Public College, classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.



  • Work with DDGR to develop and execute a plan for comprehensive research of corporate, private foundation, and government agency grant opportunities
  • Develop and manage a caseload of active grant proposals in consultation with the DDGR
  • Assist with reporting and closeout activities
  • Provide input to enhance departmental efforts with relevant information in the development database
  • Engage volunteers, deans, faculty, and other administrators in the grants process when appropriate
  • Serve as an effective and well-informed representative of MCLA
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the DDGR


  • Work with DDGR to develop and execute a plan for comprehensive research of prospects for individual gifts
  • Assist in the short and long-range planning efforts for individual giving prospects
  • Support and provide assistance to colleagues in the Advancement Division, as appropriate
  • Participate in College events, as appropriate
  • Participate in community events/activities, as appropriate


  • Education: Bachelor's degree required
  • Current pursuit of a graduate degree in non-profit management, philanthropy, or fundraising is a plus
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and technical skills with the ability to multi-task, paying close attention to details while meeting required deadlines
  • Problem-solving, research and analytical skills
  • Relationship-building skills and ability to interface with faculty, administrators and trustees
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite

Additional Information:
This part-time position (18 hours/week) will require the GRA to be on-campus for 5 hours per week. The remaining 13 hours per week can be completed on campus or remotely. The position pays $18.00 per hour and runs through July 2, 2021.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its educational programs, activities and employment practices. The college complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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