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Grant Writer/Manager hoping to find work in and relocate to St. Croix

 
joswald2361
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I am a seasoned grant writer/manager working for a medical foundation in Minnesota. My husband is an automotive business manager/bookkeeper. We are hoping to find work in and relocate to St. Croix in 2015.

We are also long-time home owners fully capable of caretaking a property.

Any leads, suggestions and/or thoughts are gratefully appreciated.

Joan Oswald

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Topic starter Posted : January 15, 2015 1:22 pm
speee1dy
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i hope someone can answer your question. maybe the womens coalition of stx? really not sure where you could find a job. always need good reliable reasonably priced auto mechanics

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Posted : January 16, 2015 8:36 pm
ms411
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Joan, what have you already done to find employment?

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Posted : January 16, 2015 9:33 pm
rosesisland
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IMO, it's hard to find work here unless you live here. I, too, had a background as yours. Much experience and well educated, but, found it difficult. In 95 I took a job managing an architech's office. Took me 4 months after arriving to find suitable work.

If you were in the service industry, you'd find a job more quickly. Do your homework, move here first, bring lots of money and when you think you have enough money to come, double that amount and bring it instead.

Good luck.

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Posted : January 17, 2015 11:32 am
merce
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Take a look at the grant-writing offices of the University of the Virgin Islands.
Toodle around the different media entities (newspapers n such) of the Virgin Islands.
Send out polite queries to folks and you may get some good connections.

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Posted : January 18, 2015 8:17 pm
OldTart
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Take a look at the grant-writing offices of the University of the Virgin Islands.
Toodle around the different media entities (newspapers n such) of the Virgin Islands.
Send out polite queries to folks and you may get some good connections.

It can be attempted but, as a previous poster pointed out, it's very often a waste of time as employers for the most part won't even respond to inquiries from off island. Thousands of people every year think they might want to move to the islands and businesses are always getting approaches from people - most of whom never come. Much better to be here or at least be on a PMV before making any overtures.

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Posted : January 18, 2015 9:20 pm
joswald2361
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Thanks, everyone for your feedback.

You've reinforced my thinking that being on island prior to job seeking is key. We've applied here and there, done some checking around while in STX, talked with a few people, etc, but without too much success.

I appreciat your thoughtfulness.

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Topic starter Posted : January 19, 2015 2:05 pm
mgspencer10
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Hi joswald2361 just saw this job and thought of you: http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Wome n's-Coalition-of-St.Croix/jobs/Fundraising-Coordinator-2c3b52fd05b11518

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Posted : January 23, 2015 1:46 pm
joswald2361
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Thank you! I'll check it out. My husband and I both have some freelance options, as well, so a combination of employment might work best.

Joan

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Topic starter Posted : January 29, 2015 1:47 pm
Jasonaut
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Thanks, everyone for your feedback.

You've reinforced my thinking that being on island prior to job seeking is key. We've applied here and there, done some checking around while in STX, talked with a few people, etc, but without too much success.

I appreciat your thoughtfulness.

It definitely helps!

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Posted : January 29, 2015 7:36 pm
malibutexan07
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This government definitely needs a seasoned grant writer.

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Posted : January 30, 2015 2:05 am
OldTart
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This government definitely needs a seasoned grant writer.

What they need more is the seasoned personnel to ensure that when monies are received they're disseminated properly and in timely fashion.

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Posted : January 30, 2015 11:29 am
NJoy
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Hello joswald2361

I located some interesting information related to a upcoming event on "Grant Writing" I thought I would pass along if you are interested.

I too have been researching employment opportunities on USVI.

I will be moving there soon and have been researching Local Newspaper posts, events, Job Opportunities posted for The University of Virgin Islands. They also have a app you may be interested in. I found a upcoming Event they posted you may be interested in as it relates to Grant Writing.

If you are not currently living in St Thomas, but hope to visit in March, or just gain a point of contact, here's the information regarding an upcoming Grant Writing Event Scheduled for March 2015.

Here's the post for Event Link: http://www.uvi.edu/announcements/articles/current/grant_writing_workshop.aspx

Event Posted:
"Grant Writing Workshop Set for March 2 and 3
The University of the Virgin Islands Office of Sponsored Programs and VI-EPSCOR will conduct grant writing workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 2 and 3.

The workshop will cover grant-writing techniques for agencies such as the:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
United States Department of Education (USED)

Faculty members, research support staff, and undergraduate/graduate students with a research concentration are invited to attend. Please RSVP by contacting Olusola Ewulo, UVI director of Sponsored Programs at (340) 693-1202. Please contact Ewulo for more information......."

If this is not your academic or professional area of expertise, perhaps the organizer is a potential point of contact to learn more about what is available on island regarding other "Grant Writing" contacts and opportunities.

Hope this is helpful.

Best of luck in your employment search!

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Posted : January 31, 2015 7:07 am
ms411
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Here's a job on St Thomas.

http://career.vi/employee/Managers,_not_listed_separately_USVI_Department_of_Education_3568.html

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Posted : February 1, 2015 11:19 pm
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