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Grant Writer/Researcher for the American Indian College Fund

Job Details

Job Title: Grant Writer and Researcher

FLSA: Exempt

Position Type: Full-time

Reports To: Major Gifts Grants Manager

Location: Denver, CO

Date Modified: April 19, 2019


The primary purpose of this position is to translate programmatic concepts into compelling, successful grant proposals and reports. Grant proposals range from $100,000 to $5 million+. This position requires both freestyle proposal and report writing as well as online application and report development.

Incumbent must share the core guiding principles of the American Indian College Fund (College Fund) to be appropriately inclusive and supportive; to consider and communicate thoughtfully; to trust and respect the diverse expertise and knowledge of team members to empower accountability and productivity; to support problem-solving, creativity, and innovation to effectively achieve goals, and to embrace the College Fund’s diversity and ability to work as a united team. This position works closely within Resource Development and across department lines to lead fundraising efforts and achieve team and organization objectives. As such, a commitment to these principles is critical to successfully executing the duties of this role.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Develops major donor proposals

  2. Analyzes donor and organization objectives and gathers data to write persuasive proposals of up to $5 million+ for a diverse portfolio of donors and donor prospects

  3. Advises program development using knowledge of donor relationships and organizational capacity and strategy

  4. Recommends strategies for fundraising negotiations and cultivation to secure significant major gifts

  5. Develops major donor reports and oversees successful grant administration

  6. Uses critical judgement of donor relationships and organizational strategy and gathers data to write compelling grant reports

  7. Ensures fulfillment of grant criteria and program outcomes necessary to donor development and continued funding

  8. Makes recommendations for program implementation and reporting strategies for major gifts stewardship

  9. Develops collateral and conducts prospect research for major gifts fundraising efforts

  10. Develops strategic collateral to steward major donors

  11. Conducts and houses research for internal data needs as well as industry-wide data for use in grant writing and reporting as well as donor prospecting and cultivation

  12. Develops innovative solutions and ideas to optimize fundraising potential

  13. Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements


  • Excellent writing and editing skills

  • Excellent grants management abilities

  • Aptitude to make judgements regarding donor relationships and organizational strategy and capacity

  • Strong critical thinking skills

  • Aptitude for storytelling using qualitative and quantitative data

  • Ability to independently solve problems and complete projects with minimal oversight

  • Strong prospect research and data gathering abilities

  • Ability to work well within a diverse team and across departments

  • Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced and dynamic work environment

  • Required to multi-task, organize, and meet deadlines

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Knowledge of donor relational database software

  • Knowledge of and/or interest in learning about American Indian and Alaska Native education

  • Familiarity with national philanthropic sector and understanding of concepts and trends within philanthropy

Education/ Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • 3+ years of related fundraising experience, preferably in grants development, administration, and reporting

Work Environment and Physical Activities

Professional office setting, occasional travel, frequent key boarding, and lifting up to 35 pounds

To Apply: Send your cover letter and resume to

Please put your name and the job title in the subject line.

Note: The intent is not to provide an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position. Incumbent may perform other duties as assigned.

American Indian College Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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