Friends of the Children-Portland is seeking a talented writer to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals. We welcome a wide range of candidates including those that are well seasoned in securing grant funding, as well as those who are early in their career, so long as they are able to apply persuasive writing and communication skills to the grant proposal process.
Friends of the Children-Portland is part of a national network of sites serving youth in nine states. The Portland chapter is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and is in an exciting period of growth. We recently selected our largest incoming class of program youth, with 75 children enrolled through partnerships with Title I schools and the child welfare system. As we implement Year 1 of our new Strategic Plan, we are committed to expanding our presence in Clark County and are engaged in implementing strategic objectives to advance racial equity in our organizational structure and program services. We encourage you to visit friendspdx.org to learn more about our program model and 25-year history of proven, measurable youth outcomes.
The ideal candidate will:
Love writing and have demonstrated technical, persuasive, and/or creative writing experience.
Be committed to Friends of the Children’s mission to break the cycle of generational poverty for children in our community who face significant barriers to success.
Be excited to engage deeply and authentically with new projects and organizational initiatives to promote racial equity.
Friends of the Children offers our employees an excellent work environment that includes:
Respect for work-life balance, with flexibility in establishing your daily schedule.
An emphasis on collaboration and shared leadership, where all staff are expected to participate in developing and furthering key organizational goals.
Generous benefits package.
Work as part of a two-member grants team to raise over $1.5 million per year in grant-driven revenue.
Write grant proposals and reports on a timely basis, maintaining a portfolio averaging 7 grants-related projects per month.
Collaborate with Program and Finance departments to develop narrative content and budgets for proposals falling within assigned projects.
Support the work of the broader Development Team to raise a total of about $6.5 million in the next fiscal year.
Support marketing efforts by assisting with writing for annual report, newsletters, and other communication channels.
Required Education, Experience & Abilities
Associate’s degree or equivalent in related field. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Strong organizational and time management skills with a proven track record of meeting deadlines. Ability to plan, organize, and complete multiple, overlapping, projects.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and effectively solve problems.