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Grant Writer

Company Pierce College District
Location Lakewood, WA
Update 4 Day ago
Over 20,000 students attend Pierce College, which means job opportunities here offer countless ways to make an impact in a fast growing organization. The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. The funding we receive from grants plays a critical role in achieving that mission.

Pierce College is seeking a Grant Writer to support our Director of Development by identifying and writing grants while cultivating a successful grant-seeking culture through direct and indirect support, training, and relationship-building. The grant writer works independently, with little supervision, providing administrative oversight for grant processes and significant guidance and technical support on grant teams while executing a stewardship plan for current grant funders to continue positive, ongoing relationships and communication.

Essential Functions:

Grant Writing and Development 75%:
  • Coordinate, write, and edit grants; assist others in writing grants.
  • Research and evaluate mission-related public and private grant funding opportunities at the local, corporate, state and national levels.
  • Inform and motivate key faculty and staff around grant opportunities.
  • Provide regular training/coaching on grant seeking and preparation.
  • Develop and sustain partnerships outside the college to support grant and other resource development initiatives.
  • Work closely with faculty, staff, administrators, external partners, and employers to develop new projects.
  • Maintain up-to-date template data on the college, its programs, and the community, for grant seekers to adapt to specific opportunities; works cooperatively with the Institutional Research Office to secure necessary data to support grant applications; maintain and update statistics and data on national trends.
Grantor Stewardship 15%:
  • Manage grantor relationships; help execute a stewardship plan for current grant funders to continue positive, ongoing relationships and communication.
  • Act as a liaison between the district/foundation and grantors.
  • Support and assist the Foundation in developing resources.
Grant administration 10%:
  • Track grant proposals; monitor grant agreements.
  • Insure internal notifications and approvals are in place prior to grant submission.
  • Serve as the district clearing house for grants.
  • Work cooperatively with the grants accountant to ensure budget accuracy, reporting and compliance.
  • Maintain accurate electronic and hard-copy records regarding funders, grant applications, and related materials.
  • Coordinates site visits with prospective funders.


Required Education:
  • Bachelor's Degree.
Required Experience:
  • Five years grant writing in a professional setting, with demonstrated success.
  • Experience preparing federal, state, corporate, and local grants.
  • Experience coordinating grant development teams.
  • Skill with Internet-based and other research tools; knowledge of data collection and analysis.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated skill and experience motivating and coordinating grant development teams.
  • Experience researching, preparing, and monitoring grants.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Acrobat Pro, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to learn and adapt quickly to new technologies and software.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain highly organized, with attention to multiple deadlines while coordinating others.
  • Demonstrated experience assuring grants are factual and meet the expectations of the granting organization.
  • Possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to make presentations using data to tell a story.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate projects and processes; work independently and alongside others to reach desired outcomes.
  • Able to make the best use of available time and resources for higher prioritized tasks while maintaining timeliness on other projects.
Special Requirements:
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Application Process:

To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following items in their application package (in order listed) and complete the online application profile at

• Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities. (Cover Letter)
• Detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
• If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (Transcripts)
• A list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time administrative exempt position. Scheduled hours may vary with occasional travel, and occasional evening and weekend work. Work is performed in an office setting.

Salary & Benefits:

The base salary for this position is $59,475.00 - $63,650.00 annually, dependent upon qualifications. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance, life and long-term disability insurance plans, vacation, sick and personal leave, reduced tuition, and retirement benefits are also provided.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342 . Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:

Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. The most desirable candidates will be contacted for an interview. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Conditions of Employment:

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.