Writer and Grants Manager

The Library Foundation is a nimble, independent nonprofit dedicated to expanding the reach and impact of Multnomah County Library. We partner with the library to support programs that transform the future for children and families at risk of low literacy. The foundation is a seven-person office with revenues last year of $3.5 million. We communicate regularly with more than 28,000 library supporters and are meticulous about our written materials. We share a commitment to skillful fundraising, artful communications, and our strong partnership with the library. Our Library. Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi. As one of the most vibrant and well-respected library systems in the nation, our library is nationally recognized for its innovative work with children and families. The Library Foundation secures private support for the library’s transformative programs and strengthens our community’s commitment to a fully-funded library system. Last year, our support enabled the library to reach more than 210,000 children and adults with life-changing programs. The Position. We are looking for a writer and grants manager who understands the art of fundraising and is both creative and analytical. Our writer/grants manager uncovers opportunities for funding, crafts messaging, sources stories, vets research, synthesizes evaluation results, and artfully characterizes our work to support the library. Skill and experience in persuasive writing are required along with the ability to research, strategize and manage our collaborative grantwriting process. We develop copy for more than 60 proposals and reports each year. These requests, large and small, fund more than 20 unique library initiatives that reach children and families across our community. What we’re looking for:Our ideal candidate is a talented writer and project manager who has experience crafting private foundation proposals, funding requests to individuals and families, case statements, campaign documents and executive briefs. This person manages all aspects of our grants work, including researching, writing, reporting, tracking and program evaluation. To succeed in this position, this individual should possess:•    Skill in persuasive writing – the ability to envision and write compelling, persuasive content tailored to a funder’s requirements, interests and priorities. •    Strategic mindset – the ability to complete detailed research and then tease out the most relevant and evocative elements to make a persuasive case. •    Storytelling ability – experience writing about people and the challenges they have overcome, with an eye for seamless transitions from stories to statistics.•    A drive toward excellence – the ability to work toward a high standard, and the flexibility and good humor to weather the revisions and rewrites that get us there. Sometimes, there are a lot.•    The propensity to be succinct – our library does so much, we are never at a loss for words. In fact, frequently we have too many. Artful distillation is a skill we value.  •    The ability to critique, deliver and receive feedback – our work is a team effort. We view critique as strategy and invite collaborative disagreement in our work together. •    Flexibility – shifting priorities are a part of our day-to-day workflow. Our team needs to move seamlessly between proposals, program plans, research, reports and other communications.  Our office culture:•    We are an office of library believers. Be it pages or programs in motion, we believe that libraries and librarians create a more informed, equitable and kind world. We revel in the transformative experience that reading brings and cheer the progress of young readers who benefit from our work. We are inspired by our library, and it shows.•    Your opinion is welcome and is, in fact, required. In our office, the final product is greater than the sum of its parts. We are a team, and we recognize the value of listening and working together.•    We are continually creating, collaborating and tweaking our content. Some of this is calendared well in advance. Some is the result of immediate opportunity. You will not be bored.Qualifications:•    Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of experience in persuasive proposal writing (including private and non-governmental foundations for $25,000 and above), copywriting, editing and reporting. •    3+ years of experience as a grants manager or project manager, driving the development, editing, proofing, and timely submission of proposals, documents and reports.•    Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and crafting packages made up of proposals, budgets and research and evaluation results. •    Well-developed skills in planning, collaboration, teamwork and meeting deadlines.  •    Experience working across a wide range of topics and developing expertise quickly. •    Skill and attention to detail in matching content with budgets and statistics. •    Work experience at an agency or an organization that is fast paced and has high standards, a collaborative writing process, and material that spans several topic areas or disciplines.•    Experience writing about challenges faced by children and families, children’s literacy, early brain development and equity and inclusion is especially valuable.  •    Knowledge and understanding of the Portland area’s political, corporate and philanthropic landscape. •    Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Google Docs and Raiser’s Edge. Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite is helpful but not essential. COMPENSATION AND BENEFITSThe Library Foundation is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for our staff and our volunteers. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.Position is full time with an annual salary range of $50,000 to $65,000, depending on skills and experience. We offer a competitive compensation package for a small nonprofit, including employer paid medical and dental benefits, paid personal leave and sick leave, transportation benefit, and 403(b) retirement plan with employer contributions. TO APPLYPlease be clear and specific in your letter and resume about how your experience is relevant to this position, maps to the qualifications and why you are a good fit for this job. To apply, email a single PDF that contains: 1. a cover letter, 2. your resume, and 3. a supplemental page with links to your written work or examples of written pieces that show us your own writing. Apply through Macslist portal or email your PDF to the attention of Jamie June at apply@libraryfoundation.org Further information about our work is available on our website: http://www.libraryfoundation.org No phone calls please.