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Grant Writer

Salt Lake City, UT

Relocation expenses: Negotiated

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 14 Mar 2018

Expires on 14 Apr 2018

Grant Writer

United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) is bringing together powerful partnerships to build lasting social change in our community. Our workplace is fast-paced, progressive, innovative, friendly, and adaptive. At UWSL we believe in celebrating success, learning from failure, and setting ambitious goals. The work we are doing in our community is creating change that will last for years to come. Our wages are competitive, the benefits package is comprehensive, and perks like flexible schedules, staff retreats, and volunteer events make every day unique.

The Grant Writing Specialist works under the direction of the Sr. Director of Major Gifts and closely with other UWSL departments. Develops, implements and manages strategic plans to secure funding from a portfolio of local, regional, and national corporations, foundations, and government sources. Identifies prospective funding sources and ensures stewardship of current partnerships. Researches, writes and manages all aspects of grant application processes. Works to ensure effective proposal content and meaningful grant reporting.


  1. Develops a strategic plan to secure new and renewed funding from local, regional, and national corporations, foundations, and government sources that will increase and maximize United Way of Salt Lake’s grant revenue. Understands and informs UWSL’s initiatives and programs and creates a compelling case for support.

  2. Coordinates evaluation of grant opportunities with appropriate staff internally

    1. Appropriately manages and executes necessary work time to complete applications

    2. Analyzes likelihood of award

    3. Provides a summary of opportunities to staff internally

  3. Utilize Foundation Search and other sources to seek, identify, and propose prospective funders

  4. Based on stated internal needs, strategy, and vision - proposes, coordinates, develops, writes and edits content for all grant proposals

  5. Tracks and reports annual grant revenue to United Way of Salt Lake leadership. Organizes and retains related computer and paper files

  6. Tracks reporting required by grantors and works in partnership with Collective Impact department to ensure fulfillment

  7. Manages research and cultivation of new grant funding relationships and the maintenance of existing relationships

  8. Manages grantor communications. Develops and sends reports, correspondence, and thank-you letters to funders and other stakeholders  

  9. Meets weekly with finance team to advise on expense tracking and budget development

  10. Review contracts-route for approval and signature

  11. Monitor contract compliance and alert management regarding any issues or concerns

  12. Assists with other projects as assigned, including drafting and editing organizational documents

  13. Supports the overall Resource Development team strategy and revenue goals and assists the Grants Manager.


  • Excellent written communication, research and project management skills

  • Proven track record in securing both government grants and private/corporate foundation grants

  • Strong technical skills including anticipating and adopting new applications

  • Creativity in work, problem-solving, and organizational thinking

  • Strong attention to detail including following or documenting processes


  • 3-5 years of grant writing—or directly applicable—experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (communication, business, finance, etc.)

  • Experience or understanding of federal grant requirements, as outlined in the 2 CFR 200

  • Proficient in Microsoft, Google, and Adobe suites

The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly and exchange accurate information interpersonally or through communication devices. Must be able to learn new systems and procedures prepare and analyze data and figures; constantly operate a computer and other standard office machinery.  Must be able to remain in a stationary position 65% of the time. The position requires occasional movement on and off-site to attend meetings and presentations. Must be able to move light items such as paper, laptops and presentation materials up to 15lbs.

This is a non-exempt position; hourly wage commensurate with experience.

Please visit to apply for our current openings. A complete application will include a resume and cover letter. Please include grant opportunities secured in your cover letter. You may contact if you have any questions regarding employment opportunities.