Development Coordinator/Grant Writer

Website Ohio Optometric Association and Foundation


Development Coordinator/Grant Writer

Ohio Optometric Association/Foundation

Full-Time – Hybrid

The Ohio Optometric Association/Foundation is seeking candidates for the position of Development Coordinator/Grant Writer.

This is a grant funded position for at least two years. Future employment is contingent.


The OOA is the professional trade association for Ohio’s Doctors of Optometry representing approximately 70% of practicing ODs in the state and is organized as a 501(C)(6) nonprofit entity. The OOA works to promote high quality optometric care for the residents of Ohio, preserve and advance the profession of optometry, and serves as an advocate for patients and members, and as the principal resource for public health information regarding the eyes and vision.

The Ohio Optometric Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 committed to improving the vision and eye health of children and other Ohioans in visual need by providing access to necessary eye care. OOF runs the iSee program, a statewide initiative that provides eye exams and glasses to students at no charge.

OOF has received a $2.5M allocation from the Ohio legislature in the 2023-2025 biennium budget to oversee an Ohio Children’s Vision Initiative.

The Development Coordinator/Grant Writer will be an experienced development professional with an entrepreneurial spirit, who is a self-starter, highly organized and detail-oriented individual. This is a new position and would share time between the foundation (75%) and association (25%). The foundation is building its development program giving the right candidate the opportunity to significantly shape its direction.

A successful candidate will possess strong oral and written communication skills, and will be team-oriented and passionate about the mission of the organization. This position will report to the Chief Operating Officer.

Specific Responsibilities

I. Donor Engagement and Stewardship

a.      Work with COO to foster relationships with potential donors.

b.     Establish and manage a list of potential financial donors, including industry, foundations, and individuals.

c.      Work with program team to produce content for annual report.

II. Fund Development Strategy

a.      Support the COO in the development and execution of a comprehensive fundraising plan that includes but is not limited to grant writing and management, corporate major giving, and annual appeal development and management.

b.     Explore the potential to create a major gifts program.

III. Grant Writing

a.      Create and maintain prospects.

b.     Write LOIs and RFPs: Prepare persuasive Letters of Intent (LOIs) and respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), articulating the unique value and impact of the iSee program.

c.      Manage Existing Grants: Oversee all aspects of grants management, ensuring compliance with grantor guidelines, and coordinating with the program and finance teams to fulfill grant outcomes, demonstrating the effectiveness and impact of funded initiatives on our youth and their families.

d.     Work with Director of Events to seek and apply for educational grants from industry partners.


·       3 years minimum development/grant writing.

·       Proven experience in grant writing, with a successful track record of securing grants from various sources.

·       Exceptional writing and communication skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas.

·       Experience working with government grants a plus.

·       Strong research and analytical skills, with a keen eye for identifying funding opportunities.

·       Experience utilizing grants databases and/or other constituent management software.

·       Ability to manage multiple project streams.

·       Excellent organizational and project management skills.

·       Knowledge of funding landscape in Ohio a plus.

·       Proficient in MS Office applications

The OOA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. The Ohio Optometric Association makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

To Apply
Please email letter of interest and resume to Steve Dorman ([email protected]) or mail, Attn: Ohio Optometric Association at 250 East Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 240, Worthington, Ohio 43085.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary: $52,500-$61,600
·       Comprehensive Health Insurance

·       Vision Insurance

·       Paid Time Off

·       Generous 401(k) benefit

·       Flexible Spending Account


Job Type: Full-time, hybrid

·       Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, Hybrid available after orientation, expectation is 50% of time in office.

Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent related experience.

All candidates considered for this position will be required to successfully pass a background check.


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