Grant Writer

PURPOSE: Support the fund and constituent development needs of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon by assisting with foundation, corporate and government grant proposals and reports, and other grant-related activities.

TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter by email to, fax to (503) 223-7007, or mail to EMO, 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, 97239. Position closes July 9, 2021.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: Director of Development


LOCATION: EMO’s central office and other sites as needed. Ability to work remotely during COVID-19.

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt – 20 hours per week (with some availability for flexibility of scheduling).

BENEFITS: Salary starts at $20.45. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings. Employees in exempt positions or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical, dental, disability and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.



    • Work alongside Grants Manager in managing a portfolio of 30 - 40 active foundation, corporate and government grants.
    • Collaborate with program and organizational leaders in writing grants, follow-up reports and compliance.
    • Assist in researching, developing and monitoring new opportunities for program funding through foundations, corporations and government entities
    • Give special emphasis to writing, researching and tracking government grants.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO. Top-tier organization skills.


    • Nonprofit structure and functions
    • Research
    • Windows, Office 365, Google Suite


    • High level written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong administrative and organizational ability
    • Presentation skills preferred


    • High level organization and prioritization skills
    • Ability to maintain a calm, professional demeanor
    • Comfortable in a collaborative environment
    • High capacity in managing a variety of tasks


    • Flexible and adaptable in a dynamic environment
    • Self-motivated
    • Ability to self-start
    • Work independently as well as with a team



    • Good interpersonal skills – ability to deal with a variety of people in different situations
    • Ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, culture and sexual orientation
    • High tolerance for ambiguity and change


    • Working knowledge and understanding of a multi-program grants program.
    • Extensive experience in grant writing.
    • 1-2 years experience in writing grants with a success rate of 25% or higher.
    • Bachelors or advanced degree.
    • Experience in writing successfully funded grants valued in excess of $50,000.
    • Experience with Raiser’s Edge fund management software.
    • Knowledge of the foundation and corporate funding environment in Oregon.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the faith community.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.