Grants Writer (Contract)

Portland, OR

Friends of the Children is a nonprofit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by helping children facing the most obstacles the ability to create a new story. We do this by providing the most vulnerable children with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a “Friend,” from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12 ½ years – no matter what. We are currently seeking a skilled grants professional to join our National grants team as a Contract Grant Writer.

Our next Contract Grant 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 support 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. 

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

As a contract member of the Friends of the Children National team, the Contract Grants Writer will work as part of a larger team supporting our growing national Friends of the Children network, which consists of twenty-six 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 Contract Grant Writer is responsible for applying a high level of technical and creative writing skill to proposals to foundations, family foundations, and corporations, and public funding partners for the purpose of soliciting funds. They lead the development of written project content and budgets for chapter and prospective site grants. This role also requires the ability to professionally manage and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The Contract Grant Writer works as a part of a dynamic Grants 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 Director of Grants Development.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Write grant proposals, fundraising-related writing projects, and reports on a timely basis as outlined on the organizational grant calendar.
  • Develop grant content and budgets.
  • Collaborate with national team, existing and prospective chapter leaders, to develop narrative content and budgets for proposals falling within assigned program focus areas.
  • 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, corporations and/or public funding sources.
  • 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 National staff as well as leadership and development staff from local sites.
  • 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 on occasion, for fundraising activities.
  • Ability to work from home and build relationships with team members virtually.


Contract Rate/Part Time: 5-10 hours/week ($40-$60 hourly) - depending on experience and location

*Roles based outside of our Portland OR office can sit in any of the following 15 states:

 CA, FL, GA, KY, MI, MN, MT, NC, NY, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, and WI. Please only apply if you are able to live and work full-time in one of the states listed above. State locations and specifics are subject to change as our hiring requirements shift.

Applications without cover letters will not be considered; please use this as an opportunity to convey why you want to be the Grant Writer at Friends of the Children!

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.

Friends of the Children is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12+ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne