Grant Writer

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Full Time

*Salary is commensurate with experience*

Job Purpose:  Grant Writer works within the Planning Department to research and acquire funding for the Agency and the programs it operates. The Grant Writer collaborates with program managers to develop new programs and ensure maintenance and optimal growth of existing programs, according to the social and economic needs of low-income residents of Milwaukee County.  As new programs develop and existing programs operate and/or expand, the Grant Writer seeks funding and writes successful grant proposals.  The Grant Writer works with the planning team to research funding opportunities, manage an annual grants calendar, and ensure funds are available to implement the programs that are assigned to them. This position requires the Grant Writer to maintain knowledge of SDC program services and sustain an expert level knowledge of programs and trends.

Essential Duties:  

  • Communicate with program managers and other staff to determine a good match between existing program activities, future planned activities, and Request for Proposal Requirements (RFP). Collaborate with program managers to develop and update program logic models, activities, objectives, and outcomes that are attainable and competitive.
  • Research and identify funding opportunities available from national, state, local and private sources. These include federal, government, foundation, and corporate giving opportunities.
  • Work with program managers, grant accountants, and other partners to develop successful grant proposals that focus on the needs of programs and meet funder guidelines and giving priorities. Establish goals, objectives, and outcomes for each program and/or project.
  • Track outcomes on grant requests and report to SDC Board of Commissioners and the Social Development Foundation on grant awards.
  • Maintain broad subject area knowledge through scholarly research which includes examination of internet, professional and academic publications, news digests, and statistical assessments.
  • Manage multiple grant writing timelines that include activities related to program funding cycles, such as deadlines related to seasonal activities within programs, grant release dates and deadline submissions, and the activity cycles of the planning department and the agency.
  • Build and manage external partnerships with community agencies, educational institutions, government units, financial institutions, local corporations, and faith-based organizations that share a commitment to serving low-income and at-risk populations. Grant Writer will work with community partners and program managers to secure support and negotiate collaborations.
  • Support SDC activities and events including (but not limited to) an annual poverty summit, open houses, and program activities.


  • Advanced writing skills and experience with the collection of data.
  • Ability to manage deadlines and multiple projects.
  • Experience in the development of federal grant proposals is a plus.
  • Familiarity with federal, government, state, local, and philanthropic foundations.
  • Knowledge of operating agencies including government, financial, education, and community-based. Awareness of social issues that affect low income individuals and families in Milwaukee County.  


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Communications, English, Nonprofit Management, or other technical writing fields.
  • 3-4 years of related experience in grant writing. Experience in community development, social services, nonprofit, or in related fields.
  • Preferably the Grant Writer will have extended knowledge of the social, economic, and political environment of Milwaukee.   

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here 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.
  • While performing the duties and responsibilities of this position, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The incumbent will regularly sit, and will frequently talk and listen and use hands to finger, handle or touch.  Specific vision requirements for this position include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. During the performance of his/her duties, the incumbent will regularly lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment:

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. The employee works regularly in an office environment where the noise level is moderate.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by staff assigned to this position.  They are not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

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