Grants Writer-Remote (Contract or Contract to Hire) Maryland

Maryland, MD

Friends of the Children National is looking for an extraordinary individual to step into an already-successful grant-writing organization and take us to the next level with our national grants program: supporting the work to grow our impact from 2,000 to 10,000 youth and caregivers nation-wide on a contract or contract to hire basis.

Our next Grants Writer will be a passionate advocate for children facing the most obstacles, and will be effective at communicating the urgency of our mission and the success of our outcomes.  As part of our 5-year, $50 million National Expansion Campaign, you will enthusiastically drive the National team’s efforts to secure multi-million dollar funding annually through foundation, corporate and public grants.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years’ of job related experience in progressively responsible roles.  Strong written and oral communication skills and a love of writing are a must. They will be passionate about understanding, supporting and promoting the organization’s mission and vision for growth. They will be equally skilled at strategically identifying and aligning the organization’s work with local, regional and national grant opportunities. They will enjoy managing detailed information regarding budgets, grant reporting, and funding prospects.

Our work is powered by our belief in our values. We put children first; build relationships on love; commit to empowerment; pursue goals relentlessly; and demand equity. This position has the potential to be contract to hire as we want to be the employer of choice for the right fit.  

Are you this amazing person?  Here’s what we have to offer you:

·        An engaged, motivated Board that works hard, gives generously, and raises funds.

·        A strong, cohesive leadership team committed to innovation and high standards.

·        A team of talented employees who are passionate about working together to create an extraordinary organization.

·        Respect for work-life balance.  You’ll work hard, and we expect you to recharge your batteries. 

·       Most of all, you get to be a vital part of an exceptional organization that helps children facing incredible odds change their life story every day.

As a member of the Friends of the Children National team, the Grants Writer will work as part of a 28-person team supporting our growing national Friends of the Children network, which consists of twenty-two locations.  This talented team is relentlessly focused on supporting our award-winning national scaling plan.

Friends of the Children is committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.  We are fiercely committed to equity and will ensure that every aspect of the organization’s mission is executed with full engagement of the communities impacted by our work. 

If you can help us meet our commitments to our communities we can be flexible on hours and you can work from home, if you so desire.

Curious to learn more? See the position details below. 

Basic Function / Position Objective:  

The Grant Writer is responsible for applying a high level of technical and creative writing skill to proposals to foundations, family foundations, and corporations, and other funding partners for the purpose of soliciting funds. They lead the development of written project content and budgets for national, chapter and prospective site grants. This role also requires the ability to professionally manage and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The Grant Writer works as a part of a dynamic Development and Marketing Team and must feel a strong connection to and promote the organization’s mission, vision, values and principles, and uphold the professionalism of the organization at all times. This position reports to the Managing Director of Grants and Strategic Impact.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Write grant proposals, fundraising-related writing projects, and reports on a timely basis as outlined on the organizational grant calendar; maintain a portfolio averaging 6 grants-related projects per month.
  • Manage the grants program, developing grant content and budgets.
  • Participate as member of Development and Marketing Team that is responsible for meeting annual revenue goals.
  • Share responsibility for targeted revenue goals associated with foundation grant activities.
  • Collaborate with national team, existing and prospective chapter leaders, to develop narrative content and budgets for proposals falling within assigned program focus areas.
  • Steward foundation contact relationships as assigned in order to place the organization in the strongest position to receive grant funds.
  • Maintain clear and accurate written and electronic records of grant proposals and reports, including grant activity tracking in shared drives and databases. 
  • Keep relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities.
  • Assist in research and identification of grants appropriate to Friends of the Children.
  • Maintain confidential information in a sensitive and appropriate manner.
  • Special projects as assigned in support of organizational objectives.

Required Education, Experience & Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field.
  • A minimum of five years of non-profit grant-writing experience, including collaboration with program management and finance to develop content and budgets.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining grant driven funding from foundations and/or corporations.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information for writing grant proposals, letters, articles, etc.
  • Exceptional ability to edit written materials accurately and consistently, including own work.
  • Exceptional analytical as well as intuitive abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills resulting in compelling messaging, as well as strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.  Able to plan, organize, and complete multiple grant proposals and/or reports and follow-up as required. Proven track record of meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong computer skills, and general understanding of financial principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and effectively solve problems.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships and work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies, including staff, program children, current and potential donors, Board members, and community partners.
  • Ability to represent, effectively and professionally, the organization to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Willing to be flexible, with the ability to work evenings and weekends if necessary, for fundraising activities.
  • Ability to work from home and build relationships with team members virtually.


Contract or Contract to hire

$40-$60 hourly (depending on experience and location)

Friends of the Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. Friends of the Children hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

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