Grant Writer P/T

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Position Title: Grant Writer

Reports to: Development Director

Status/Salary: Part-time to start, 20-30 hours/week, $20-$23 per hour DOE. We plan to transition this role to full-time in January 2020.

Location: Flexible - a combination of working remotely and on-site is possible.


Job Overview

The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is seeking a highly detail oriented and exceptionally organized candidate for our Grant Writer position. This position will work closely with the Development Director to strategically submit grant opportunities for programs and projects.

Ideal candidates must be capable of managing multiple deadlines and priorities, and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment both independently and as part of a team. Excellent writing/proofreading/editing skills, and the ability to think strategically regarding submissions that will provide the best ROI for the organization are vital to success in this position.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s in Communication, English, Nonprofit Management or a related field, with 2+ years’ experience working in a non-profit grant writing role. Candidates should be ready to provide samples of past grant submissions during the interview process.


Work Schedule

Position is primarily weekday only; some weekend and holiday hours requiring a flexible work schedule for major fundraising events.

  • Hours and days are subject to change based on Development department demands.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Passion for animal welfare and a love of working with animals, including previous experience with dogs and cats, is required. Must be comfortable working with all sizes and breeds of dogs.

  • Minimum of two years’ experience grant management. Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated writing/proofreading/editing skills in the preparation of grant requests.

  • Stellar relationship building skills and ability to build rapport with internal and external stakeholders around innovative ideas and programs.

  • Commitment to appropriate use of sensitive and confidential foundation data.

  • Excellent time management and follow-up skills.

  • Ability to work well under deadline and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to establish and achieve quantified objectives.

  • Dependable team player on a fast-paced Development team, with the ability to adapt and step in to help in a variety of fundraising areas as needed.

  • Positive outlook, upbeat, energetic and not afraid to taking initiative.

  • Experience with Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat DC, and Gmail is required. Raiser’s Edge/NXT/Luminate experience a plus.


Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb and manipulate (lift, carry, move) up to 50 pounds.

  • Ability to work outdoors in varying temperatures and climates.

  • Ability to work with animals of varying temperament in noisy conditions.

  • Responsible for presenting a neat and professional appearance to the public at all times.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving history.


Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • In collaboration with the Development Director, plan and execute HSU’s grant strategy, annual grant schedules and revenue goals.

  • Responsible for all activities required to prepare, submit, and manage HSU grants.

  • Perform prospect research using the available services (Instrumental or others), as well as via Guidestar and other grant funding search engines, to continually identify key funding opportunities.

  • Analyze, monitor, and report out on metrics, data, results, and expenses to ensure the appropriate use of restricted grant funds at all times.

  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by grantors, and provide stewardship to current grantors.

  • With the Finance Director and Development Director, maintain current financial records for grant tracking and reporting.  

  • Assist with other development department projects as requested, including helping staff major fundraising events as part of the development department team.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Development Director.


This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by management. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship.

The Humane Society of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Submit a cover letter, resumé and completed HSU application. Applications may be downloaded and printed HERE.

A resumé does not substitute the completion of an official Humane Society of Utah application. Resumés submitted without an application will not be considered. Submit application to, mail to Humane Society of Utah, P.O. Box 573659, Murray, Utah 84157-3659, fax to (801)590-9800, or apply in person at 4242 South 300 West in Murray. No phone calls, please. The position is open until filled.