Grants Writer
Job Details
$24.00 - $31.25 Hourly

Position Title:

Grant Writer

Employment Classification:

Full-time; Hourly; Non-exempt

Reports to:

Director of Strategic Partnerships





Position Summary:

The Grant Writer of Orangewood Foundation reports to the Director of Strategic Partnerships, works closely with the Development, Program, and Finance Departments to assist with prospective grants research, proposal writing, grant submissions, reporting and stewardship of funders, and grants portfolio management.


Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Responsible for writing, preparing, and submitting grant requests to foundations, corporations, and government grantmakers, including applications, proposals, and letters of inquiry.
  • Solicit Finance and Program Departments to gather and analyze organizational, financial, budgetary, and programmatic information necessary for grant submissions and reports.
  • Maintain and steward a grants portfolio to meet annual fundraising goals.
  • Support Director with creating budgets that meet funder requirements and align with Orangewood’s fundraising and accounting practices.
  • Support Director with increasing and diversifying grants revenue by assisting with prospect research and identifying opportunities to cultivate current grantmaking partnerships.
  • Develop a stewardship plan for all portfolio funders including event invitations, touch-points and on-site tours, and meetings with CEO, CDO, Director, and Program staff. May involve virtual or face-to-face meetings and networking.
  • Maintain accurate and updated organizational, financial, and programmatic data and information to facilitate reports and updates to all funders and donors.
  • Maintain donor files through Raisers Edge grants management database.

Knowledge, Skill and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 2-4+ years grant writing and non-profit organization experience.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in both team and self-directed situations.
  • Competency with in-house software, including Microsoft Office applications and Raisers Edge, or equivalent preferred.
  • Ability to maintain positive professional relationships with a wide variety of individuals and in a range of demanding situations.
  • Ability to respect the confidentiality of donor and client files.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Possession of a valid California driver license and proof of automobile insurance.
  • A working knowledge of Orangewood’s mission and programs is required, along with professional understanding of fundraising objectives.


Essential Qualities:

  • Understanding of and passion for the Foundation’s mission and vision.
  • Exemplifies organizational values of respect, trust, empathy, inclusion, and advocacy, as well as integrity, leadership, collaboration, innovation, and learning.
  • Demonstrates organizational operating principles of communication and teamwork.
  • Displays the organization’s essential attitudes by approaching projects, activities, and other job functions with flexibility and a positive attitude.



Working Environment/Physical Requirements:

Primarily an office job. Occasional driving to meetings/trainings. Physical requirements include standing, sitting, typing, bending and potentially lifting up to approximately 50 lbs. (i.e. tables, chairs, food, water, etc.).


Modification to work schedule may be made based on need of the Foundation.

Orangewood Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex. gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other protected group, in accordance with all applicable federal or State laws.







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