The Grant Writer is a member of a three-person Development Department tasked with raising increased funds from the community to support the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. The Grant Writer manages the grant process from start to finish, from research to reporting. We are planning on building a new region-wide cycling center in the coming year, and the Grant Writer will play a critical role in this campaign by writing grants and marketing materials. The position is supervised by the Development Director, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with significant grant-writing experience.
Required skills and experience
- Conducting foundation prospect research
- Compiling prospect lists and tracking deadlines (including meetings and proposal deadlines)
- Gathering information from program staff (either by scheduling meetings or conducting interviews).
- Staying abreast of organizational programs and research as it pertains to our work.
- Staying abreast of grant-seeking best practices through regular attendance of grant-writer's conferences (Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, National Development Officers Association, etc.)
- Writing proposals, reports, budgets, attachments, letters of inquiry, case statements, and other marketing materials for annual and capital campaigns
- Tracking and evaluating results
- Ensuring foundation acknowledgement and data entry of contact information and meetings with funders
- Other duties as assigned
- 2+ years of successful grant proposal writing experience (strong preference given to candidates with capital campaign experience)
- Interest in professional development through classes and workshops
- Bachelor's degree (preference given to candidates with specific grant-writing training through the Grantsmanship Center or another certificate program)
- Passion for Cascade's mission, "Creating a better community through bicycling"
- Research: Experience with Foundation Source and personal knowledge of specific local and national funders a plus.
- Cultivation: Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with foundation officers.
- Collaboration: Ability to work with and gather information from people within all departments of our diverse and complex organization.
- Project management: Ability to create and manage deadlines for application and stewardship, gathering information in a timely manner and respect program staff time for information gathering and review.
- Writing: Ability to write clear, concise, compelling proposals; strong copy-editing skills.
- Flexibility: Cascade is currently transitioning to a new Executive Director. The successful candidate will be able to adapt to potentially significant change.
- Strong attention to detail
- Full-time, exempt position with some evening and weekend work required.
- Six-month probationary performance review by supervisor with annual performance reviews.
- Monetary compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits package.