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Grant Writer

Full Time, Benefits Eligible

The Grant Writer will provide full support to the Foundation and Corporate Relations team – responsible for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation and corporate grants in support of the Aquarium’s priority fundraising needs.

The Grant Writer’s Responsibilities Include:

  • Responsibility for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Working with the Director of Development and Grants Manager to refine and continuously improve internal processes and procedures for proposal submission and management.
  • Performing research on prospective foundation and corporation donors and building functional prospect lists for all appropriate program areas.
  • Working with other departments to gather information necessary to report to foundation and corporate funders on current grant programs. Complying with all grant reporting as required by foundation and corporate donors.
  • Coordinating and tracking electronic and hard copy mailings to all foundation and corporate funders; including Pacific Currents member magazine, invitations, newsletters, annual report, and more.
  • Overseeing and managing all aspects of the foundation and corporate stewardship plan to ensure proper stewardship of funders, including accurate acknowledgements, special funder requests, arranging Aquarium site visits, and fulfilling benefits.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive grants calendar including deadlines for grant and report submissions and expected approach and receivables dates.
  • Maintaining current records in Raisers Edge, including grant tracking, reporting, and actions.
  • Coordinating the centralized tracking of various statistics used for donor stewardship and providing the development department with written materials.
  • Assisting with foundation and corporate site visits, tours, and events.
  • Assisting with other projects as requested.


  • Minimum of three years experience with grant writing.
  • Previous experience with fundraising, especially with cultural institutions preferred.
  • Experience working in deadline driven environments.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple assignments.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Extraordinary organizational skills.
  • Strong contributor in team environments.
  • Excellent computer skills including but not limited to Microsoft Office programs and knowledge of Blackbaud Raisers Edge 7 database preferred.
  • Ability to monitor and meet income and other defined metrics set for this position.
  • Ability to balance “big picture” thinking with attention to detail.

Interested & Qualified?

If you meet the requirements of this position, please click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required for all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Wonderlic, Inc.:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the online assessment(s).

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.