Grant Writer, SHELTER, Inc.

ORGANIZATION: SHELTER, Inc. is an independent, community-based non-profit organization created in 1986 to lead the effort to eliminate homelessness. We now serve Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento counties.

MISSION: To prevent and end homelessness among low-income, homeless, and disadvantaged families and individuals by providing housing services, support and resources that lead to self-sufficiency.

JOB TITLE: Grant Writer

STATUS: Exempt/Full Time

TEAM: Development

REPORTS TO: Grants Manager


PURPOSE of ROLE: This position assists in the identification, solicitation and stewardship of governmental, foundation, and corporate funders by composing grant applications and reports that present the Agency’s work in an inspiring and compelling manner.


• As directed by the Grants Manager, prepare and submit funding proposals for general operating, program support and capital programs.

• Assist in raising financial support from foundation, corporate and government funders.

• Assist in performing research and developing grantor profiles to identify, evaluate and prioritize prospects.

• Provide outstanding stewardship for nongovernmental funders, ensuring reports, other updates and requests are completed on time or early.

• Facilitate cooperation between program or project teams to ensure the grant application process is effectively managed.

• Assist in maintaining the system for tracking status and deadlines of all funding applications, renewals, and reports.

• Other duties and special projects as assigned.



• Clear communicator, both written and verbal, with a strong attention to detail. • Superior ability to organize, prioritize and track tasks to balance responsibilities and ensure completion in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment. • Excellent analytical, research and writing skills.

• Strong interpersonal relationship skills, with a professional demeanor and ability to build rapport and credibility with a variety of stakeholders.

• Ability to collaborate and work effectively in a team setting.

• Ability to interpret and communicate program information and financial reports

to funders.

• Takes initiative and is self-motivated.

• Must be able to exercise good and independent judgment and to act tactfully. • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented.

• A high level of professionalism, including maintaining confidentiality.


• Three years’ experience grant writing.

• Experience with governmental funding applications such as HUD. • Proven track record of success in grant writing

• Bachelor’s degree in English, Business or related field

• At least two years of successful project management skills

• Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Teams, Sharepoint and on-line research and general familiarity with databases • Writing and editing experience.

• Required to drive personal car on behalf of agency business and have a DMV record that permits driver to be insured under SHELTER, Inc.’s automobile coverage.

• Must successfully pass a criminal background check.


• Master’s Degree in business administration, public or non-profit administration, or related field or certification in the fundraising field

• Experience with non-profits working with poverty and/or homeless issues


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This is a full-time exempt position, requiring a 40-hour work week. The Agency may at times permit tele-commuting in compliance with health and safety precautions. There is a minimum expectation of three days in office work.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers to handle or feel objects. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

There are no unusual environmental conditions. Typically, the noise level in the work environment is quiet.

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