Grant Writer

Grant Writer

Portland, Oregon

About Portland OIC

At Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc., we are committed to the future success of underserved youth through the age of 25, providing the highest quality services in education, mentoring, family outreach, employment training and placement.

Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) is an accredited high school with four campuses in North Portland, East Portland/Gresham, New Columbia and SE Portland.

We believe all people have value, all people can grow, and all people can build and contribute to thriving communities.

Position Summary

The Grant Writer is an experienced, self-motivated team player with a proven track record of success in grant writing. In collaboration with the Director of Development, the Grant Writer will oversee all funding proposals for unrestricted operating funds as well as restricted projects. The Grant Writer will design and implement strategies that engage, cultivate, and grow the financial support of our funders and donors while working within the guidelines, policies, and mission of our organization. The Grant Writer is accountable for specific outcomes that support the financial growth and sustainability of POIC+RAHS schools and programs.

As a key member of the Development team, the Grant Writer is responsible for all aspects of grant management, including researching, preparing, submitting and managing all grant proposals to engage diverse audiences, grow our voice and showcase our brand, while addressing the needs of internal and external stakeholders, such as prospective and current donors, funders, students, staff, volunteers, government and social service agencies, and the communities we serve, predominantly communities of color. The ability to collaborate effectively, thrive under pressure and produce quality work on deadlines is also critical as is a commitment to support our culturally diverse environment.

Hours for this position are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., plus evenings and weekends as required

Position reports directly to the Director of Development


  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects to foundation and corporate sources prior to required deadlines
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate funding opportunities to support existing and new programs that impact POIC+RAHS effectiveness and quality of services to youth and families
  • Acknowledge all gifts in writing in a timely manner
  • Work with Fiscal Department to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs
  • Work closely with Director of Development to build a tracking calendar of submission deadlines and reporting dates to ensure all deadlines are met in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors. Collaborate with the Compliance Officer to ensure accurate and timely submission of funder reports
  • Provide monthly analytical database reports for communication with President/CEO, Board of Directors, Director of Development and others as directed
  • Stewardship to previous, current and potential donors to provide regular updates (i.e. e-newsletters) through collaboration with Director of Development and Communications Manager
  • Schedule appointments for Director of Development with foundation officers, corporate and individual prospects, and arrange for onsite tours for current and potential supporters
  • Manage an effective, accurate and up-to-date donor database, and paper files, tracking contact information, gifts, acknowledgements and other pertinent donor management information while maintaining donor confidentiality. Reconcile donations with Fiscal Services as directed.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc.)
  • Coordinate discussions with program managers and staff on priorities for seeking grants, drafting and finalizing Letters of Interest and full proposals to meet program needs
  • Assist the Director of Development with an outreach strategy to increase corporate matching fund opportunities
  • Respond to phone calls if Director of Development is unavailable
  • Assist with other development activities, fundraising projects, and donor relations as requested

Additional Responsibilities

  • Other duties as assigned
  • Specific responsibilities subject to review after completion of the first 90 days of work


  • A passion for POIC + RAHS beliefs, core values and mission for serving at-risk youth and their families, predominantly communities of color, with an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and communities
  • Fearless, positive attitude to grant writing!
  • Collaborative team player with a strong work ethic, personal accountability and a high level ability to establish and maintain effective communication and professional relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • Self-directed, flexible, creative problem solver who strives for excellence and high achievement and has the ability to inspire, grow, and strengthen our base of supporters to raise the resources needed to successfully pursue our mission
  • Excellent organizational, time management, research and reporting skills to manage multiple detail-oriented projects with accuracy, urgency, set priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Existing relationships with local and national foundations and corporate giving departments is a plus


  • Must have proven experience writing proposals and securing a minimum of $1 million in grants through existing and new funding sources
  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals that raise a minimum of $1 million for a capital campaign
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working with nonprofits and serving youth of color is desired
  • Budget planning, accountability, and reporting experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, database management software, Mail Chimp, & LinkedIn
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth and accountability
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and adhere to high ethical and professional standards
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours, including days, evenings, and weekends, to attend meetings, conferences and events
  • Must successfully pass criminal background investigation and reference checks.


  • Competitive hourly wage.
  • Medical, dental, vision, retirement plan.

How to Apply

  • Email a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the positions and why you are interested in joining the POIC+RAHS team, 3 professional references and a resume to:
  • Reference "Grant Writer" in the subject line of your email and in your cover letter.
  • No phone calls please.

POIC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.