Grant Writer

Northern Plains Resource Council

About the organization

“We all love this place we call Montana. We believe that land and water and air are not ours to despoil, but ours to steward for future generations.” - Paul Hawks (rancher, Melville, MT)

Northern Plains is a grassroots organization of people from the plains and mountains, cities and towns. We are everyday Montanans who love where we live. We stand up, shoulder-to-shoulder, to protect this place we all call home.

We believe that true prosperity begins with healthy land, water, and air. We believe that our families, farms, ranches, schools, businesses, governments, and communities thrive when we are good stewards of these resources. We believe that if we look beyond our fences, listen to one another, and keep our minds open, we will find creative solutions to secure a clean, healthful environment for all.

Duties

Our Grant Writer is primarily responsible for raising money from external sources such as foundations, churches, & other granting institutions – private foundations being by far the biggest source of our external fundraising.

This means maintaining effective relationships, producing quality written materials, conducting research, & meeting deadlines. The Grant Writer also has responsibilities in other aspects of our fundraising & our overall organizational work.

This is a full-time (35-40 hours/week, negotiable) hourly position.

Location: Billings, Montana

For more information about Northern Plains, visit www.northernplains.org .

Primary Duties
• Preparing & submitting grant proposals and reports – to targeted foundations & other granting organizations;
• Researching / prioritizing prospective funders of Northern Plains’ work;
• Maintaining a calendar of proposal / report deadlines;
• Developing relationships as appropriate with key foundation program officers;
• Maintaining supporting materials that are needed for proposals & reports;
• Maintaining organized records of grant & foundation materials;
• Maintaining / updating Northern Plains’ presence on websites like GuideStar & Charity Navigator;
• Developing thorough knowledge of Northern Plains’ issue campaigns to communicate our work effectively.

Wage range: $18-$20/hour, DOE.

Benefits: Health insurance; 4 weeks paid vacation; pension program; 8 paid holidays, paid sick leave.

Qualifications

• Commitment to Northern Plains’ issues and values;
• Background in foundation fundraising;
• Strong writing skills, comfortable with being edited;
• Strong proofreading skills;
• Ability to develop and interpret budgets;
• Ability to get along well with people from diverse backgrounds;
• Sense of humor, even when puns are involved;
• Well-organized, ability to prioritize, and detail-oriented;
• Ability to work independently, as well as in a team;
• Ability to meet deadlines;
• Ability to travel on occasion;
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.

Also helpful:
Experience with a nonprofit organization working for social change or on environmental issues.
Ability to think creatively, strategically, and practically.

Salary

$18-$20 / hour

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

HOW TO APPLY

This position is open until filled, but we encourage applications as soon as possible.

Apply by email to Maggie Gordon, [email protected]:

• Cover letter (tell us why you want this job),
• Resume,
• Writing sample,
• 3 professional references

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