Grant Writer (part-time) - LiFE OF HOPE

AFP SE WI Administrator
December 18, 2018


Position Title: Grant Writer                        Status: Part-Time (20 Hours Weekly)

Reports to: Executive Director                    FLSA Status: Exempt 

Revised: December 18, 2018 

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW:  LiFE OF HOPE is dedicated to saving lives that may otherwise end prematurely by suicide. We are a 501c3 nonprofit located in West Bend, Wisconsin and serve Washington County and the surrounding communities. Individuals have traveled significant distances to take part in our comprehensive, peer-based suicide attempt and loss-diversion approach to HOPE and healing. Since launching in January 2015, more than 5,000 people have connected with the LiFE OF HOPE mission: to reduce the number of suicide attempts. Of those, more than one hundred, ages 8 and up, have come to us in some level of suicide ideation/crisis. To date, none of those have been lost to suicide. 

LiFE OF HOPE STATEMENT: LiFE OF HOPE seeks a candidate with high energy, a collaborative spirit, experience, and the capability of ensuring quality and attention to detail, with a commitment to the LiFE OF HOPE mission, vision, and values to assist us in growing our grant writing and development role and function.

POSITION OVERVIEW:  Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the LiFE OF HOPE Grant Writer will spearhead the attraction and securing of grant funding as LiFE OF HOPE continues to grow. It is responsible for researching grant opportunities, preparing grant inquiries and proposals/applications for the organization and its programs, through a compelling message of needs that mirror the funder’s interests. The Grant Writer will maintain an organization-wide grants calendar, ensuring that all deadlines are met, while producing monthly interim and final project reports for the Board of Directors. The Grant Writer will have the opportunity to build the development function. 

EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Grant Writer Position is defined by specific expectations and responsibilities including those below, listed in no particular order of priority: 

  • Responsible for researching grant opportunities through all available means; introducing grant lead generating tools and resources as they become known;  
  • Prepare grant proposals for the LiFE OF HOPE organization and its programs in draft and final form that make compelling the need for financial support and address identified organization funding priorities;  
  • Work with staff in identifying and gathering information on fundable projects; 
  • Maintain organization-wide grants deadline calendar, ensuring that all deadlines are met, and that maximum grant attraction and consideration is obtained.  
  • Prepare interim and final project reports to funding sources on a regular and scheduled basis. working with Finance and other departments to assure timely and accurate reporting; 
  • Research and recommend funding opportunities from a broad range of sources, linking their compatibility with organizational needs; 
  • Provide research for grant proposals and reports including data collection and surveys of literature from a variety of sources (ie. LOH staff, county/state reporting agencies, program experts, industry leaders, directories, etc); 
  • Make recommendations on strategies, policies, and procedures related to proposals; 
  • Maintain accurate database records of corporate and private foundation’s donor files; 
  • Communicate regularly with ED and Finance department on current grant writing activities (upcoming applications, pending activities, approved requests, outcomes reports, etc); 
  • Possess and utilize broad knowledge of the LOH organizational structure, programs, and funding/budgetary needs; 
  • Seek and cultivate meaningful community-based network alliances and relationships for collaborative arrangements with community leaders, groups, and organizations (ie. corporate community grant opportunities, grant matching, employee match initiatives, etc); 
  • Represent the programs and mission with a message consistent with the organization’s brand image; 
  • Interact with guests and program participants in a caring and welcoming manner; 
  • Create and maintain a culture by inclusion which attracts, secures, retains, and motivates a diverse volunteer base of top quality individuals. 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:  Please note this position is not a remote position. The selected candidate will work out of our West Bend, WI location. 


  • Two to three years' experience or exposure to grant writing (local organizations and foundation-based grants a plus).
  • Excellent English, proofreading and computer skills relevant to proposal preparation and submission; know how to interpret grant guidelines; and demonstrate leadership and teamwork abilities are required. 
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, organize, and produce several grant projects simultaneously. 
  • Experience in strategic planning is a plus with a proven track record within a non-profit setting preferred. 
  • Essential to the role is the ability to understand grant resources, how to access them, how to contact them and how to complete successful applications in accordance with grant guidelines.
  • Understand how to assess grant projects and report outcomes in line with grant guidelines.
  • Must be efficient in utilizing computer technology to research, develop, and submit grant proposals.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams; ability to lead all grant activities from initiation of idea through completion of grant proposal.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:  This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to proficiently use a computer, the internet, phone, scanner, copier and other communication and research tools is necessary and required. 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  This position requires good math skills for maintaining various budgetary aspects of nonprofit activities. 

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES: This position also requires strong public speaking skills, engaging large and small groups, and the ability to work with a diverse population with compassion and understanding. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position is sedentary but may require off-site meetings for various reasons. Normal hearing and vision are necessary. 

BENEFITS: This position provides a competitive wage and allows for a flexible schedule, vacation, and holiday pay.

SCHEDULE: This is an exempt position requiring 20 hours per week between the hours of Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm. As a valued staff member, you may be attending a variety of community outreach events and meetings as deemed necessary. Outreach may include, but not be limited to; organization fundraisers and education activities,

The above is representative of the position. There may be other activities or responsibilities required which are not listed. This does not constitute a contract with any person in any position. 

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to

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