Position: Grant Writer
Supervisor: Director of External Relations
Status/Schedule: Full time, 40 hours per week
Compensation: $50,000 per year with benefits
Portland Children’s Museum consists of three aligned entities: (1) the Museum, where exhibits and programs serve the public both on- and off-site, (2) Opal School, a tuition-based preschool and K-5 public charter school, and (3) Professional Development, which documents and disseminates fresh approaches to education and provides professional development for educators. In this description, Museum, School, and Professional Development refer to the specific entity, while Portland Children’s Museum refers to the whole.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
In the Portland metro area, 47% of students are children of color. At Portland Children's Museum, we strive to have our guest and school families reflect that diversity, and for our staff and board to be equally diverse. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We actively seek to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a diverse workforce—one that welcomes and engages people from every background. We value our staff members, volunteers, and board members and their individual backgrounds, which further our ability to serve and learn from the diverse families that enrich our community. We invite you to join us on our journey.
The External Relations Department includes fundraising and marketing staff who support the Museum, Opal School, and Professional Development. The department, which serves as the voice of the organization, coordinates all external messaging, ensures and strengthens brand integrity, creates and maintains high-value relationships, and maximizes financial and in-kind support to the organization. As part of the External Relations team, the Grant Writer secures public and private funding in support of Portland Children’s Museum. This position includes four critical components: planning, research, writing, and reporting. The strongest candidate will be able to handle multiple deadlines without sacrificing
accuracy or clarity, contribute to program planning and proposal conceptualization, prioritize opportunities to optimize return on investment, and exhibit superior writing skills. The Grant Writer
submits approximately 50 proposals and reports per year, bringing in approximately $1 million in funding.
Grant Writing (60%)
- Proposes or collects grant concepts from other departments, synthesizing new information to develop compelling and persuasive cases for support.
- Works both independently and collaboratively to write, edit, and submit public and private grant proposals to secure funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
- Supports and advises colleagues on how to communicate needs through a project budget, ensuring adherence to funder templates and requests.
- Manages large projects that involve multiple writers, creating internal deadlines and supporting the meeting of those deadlines.
- Collects and organizes relevant information including financial reports, designs, letters of support, and other supplementary materials.
- Allows ample time for editing and refinement while consistently meeting funder submission deadlines.
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