Grant Officer & Writer

The Institute for Nonprofit News, the hub of a nationwide network of investigative and public service news organizations, seeks a grant officer and writer on a long-term contract position. The Grant Officer & Writer is responsible for managing and building a base of approximately $1.7 million in annual grants. The officer will design and write proposals for new projects, help project leaders develop vision and concepts into well-defined proposals, prepare reports to funders, and apply expert organizational skills to track foundation requirements and deadlines and keep all involved on track with proposal timelines. The ideal candidate will have experience crafting grant proposals and reports, excellent writing and organizational skills, and interest in public service media, civic engagement, technology and social entrepreneurship.

The grant officer works closely with the INN executive director & CEO, as well as the program and services director and technology program director, to manage, diversify and build the grant portfolio. This role replaces a long-time grant writer who successfully took the organization from startup to a much larger scale and is now retiring. INN continues to grow and broaden its mission-based work in order to serve a rapidly growing nonprofit news media sector.

The focus for grant-writing going forward is to build both general support and project-based funding around the core foundation and earned revenue. This includes funding proposals for journalism-related projects in technology, tech and business capacity training and diversity, civic tech and collaborations in a number of topical areas. The workload currently ranges between 30-50 hours per month depending on grant and project deadlines. This role has the potential to continue and grow as a long-term consulting/contract relationship. For someone who also has digital and major donor experience, it could develop into a full-time development position.

Responsibilities include:

  • Prepare, submit, and manage foundation LOIs, proposals and grant reports
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporate grants to evaluate prospects, prioritize and manage initial outreach and do fact-finding for new funding sources.
    Provide stewardship and communications to current and potential donors. Draft donor and prospect communications including periodic organizational updates, letters, newsletter articles, emails, and invitations.
  • Manage a proactive calendar of grant activity, including scheduled outreach, updates as well as reporting activities.
    Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation donors.
  • Track and organize examples of demonstrated impact and write up case studies of organizational successes.Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for grant reports and donor stewardship
  • On grant budgeting, work with INN’s bookkeeper and program/project leads to gather financial information necessary to prepare and maintain grant budgets and report to corporate/foundation funders.
  • Maintain current records in database and in paper files, ensuring the administrative assistant who maintains INN files has all grant tracking and reporting in proper form.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • 3+ years professional fundraising experience, with an emphasis on grants and foundations.
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively and in a coaching role with project leads to shape fundable proposals and budgets and set up impact tracking to meet grantors’ requirements
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to project-manage grant applications involving several people or partners.
    Comfort working with people in multiple/remote locations and in a team environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • High attention to detail and accuracy with strong copy-editing and proofreading skills
    Strong writing and verbal communication
    Computer skills including spreadsheets, Dropbox or similar, Google calendars
  • Familiarity with media and fundraising technology is helpful in order to craft tech funding proposals.
  • An understanding of journalism ethics and the social and civic roles of news media

This position represents an opportunity to work on the leading edge of news media and journalism and help INN support some 120 newsrooms. They include many of the country’s best investigative reporters as well as local, state and expert topical reporters finding new ways to work with their communities and bring public information to people, as well as offer platforms for a diversity of voices in public life.

INN is based in downtown Los Angeles. While proximity would be a plus, the grant officer and writer role can be done from anywhere in the United States.


Please email your interest and application materials to Sue Cross, INN executive director and CEO, at Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Development-related writing sample, particularly related to journalism or media
  • List of current or recent clients or projects served

We will talk with interested candidates on a rolling basis and would appreciate applications by Feb. 1.

About INN
The Institute for Nonprofit News is a growing national network of nearly 120 nonprofit news organizations dedicated to providing investigative and public service reporting. INN was founded in 2009 to foster a new collective of newsrooms serving the public interest. Today it functions as an innovation network, helping members develop new ways to support journalism and engage communities, providing business, technology and leadership support and a framework for collaboration. INN’s work helps newsrooms bring investigative and civic news to more people, hold the powerful accountable and strengthen democracy. More information can be found at