Deidra Somerville, PhD MSW

South Holland, Illinois, United States

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Deidra Somerville, PhD MSW

Successful grant writer, published writer and administrator

I have fifteen years of experience in grant writing and grant administration with organizations in the Chicago area and would like to lend my expertise to support the aims of your organizations.

My experiences in grant administration encompass all pre-award activities related to internal grant transmittal procedures, proposal and budget development, federal regulation and policies, training faculty and staff on necessary aspects of proposal and budget development and partner engagement at all stages of the process. Post award expertise includes, grant set-up with the budget office, data collection, working with project staff and researchers on reporting and all communication strategies with funders and external stakeholders.

While a correspondent for a local newspaper for 9 years, I wrote special interest stories on people and local businesses, contributed to an advice column, activities column and interviewed local area government officials. I have extensive interviewing and research skills on various topics and am able to contribute content development. I recently published a book review in a peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Community Practice.

I've worked with local non-profits as a volunteer and consultant in the areas of board development, strategic planning, and organizational development and can lend expertise in all of these areas.

I earned certification as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2009 and maintain the professional development, leadership and work-related requirements to maintain my certification.

Thank you for your consideration.


Deidra Somerville, MSW, CFRE

Work Terms

I am interested in working no more than 15 hours per week and am well equipped to support remote opportunities. I am flexible in terms of my preferred modes of communication and can be reached by phone or email. I am an avid user of Google platform tools and am adaptable to online sharing tools that would best facilitate a smooth working process.