Grant Writer

King County Library System | Issaquah, Washington


King County Library System Foundation (KCLSF) is seeking an engaging and organized Grant Writer with direct experience in grant research, proposals, or grant writing and a passion for work that directly supports local communities.

Job Number: 2019-00218

Job Summary

About the Opportunity:

As a Grant Writer at KCLS you will have an opportunity to help diverse communities prosper and grow by securing grant funding from public and private sectors which will expand KCLS services, programs, and initiatives. As an internal consultant on system-wide grant research, documentation, design, and reporting you will help support and guide long-term strategy for KCLS grant funding. You will help KCLS create opportunities through meaningful connections by engaging with internal and external stakeholders on grant proposals which empower and serve the needs of King County communities. 

In this position you will collaborate with KCLS leadership and staff to research, prepare, submit, and track grant related items. You will engage with staff at various levels of the organization to learn about library programs and services and meet with potential funders in order to assess grant-funding opportunities and requirements. In particular, you will prepare new and renewed grant applications, requests for proposals, and letters of intent/inquiry and help track key funder information and next steps for cultivation, application and reporting.

Reports To

This position reports to the Executive Director of the KCLS Foundation as part of a collaborative team of fundraising professionals responsible for soliciting public and private funds which directly support and expand library service to King County communities.


Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities may include:

  1. Conducts a full range of activities required to research, identify, prepare, manage, and submit grant proposals to federal, state, foundation, or corporate sources. Prepares grant applications (new/renewals), requests for proposals, and letters of intent/inquiry.
  2. Position will be responsible for Grant Administration which is to include but not limited to tracking and reporting; 5-10% Administration of Grants will be required of this position.
  3. Works closely with the executive director of the KCLS Foundation to ensure that all written grant materials accurately reflect the KCLS mission, policies, and programs in a compelling nature.
  4. Responsible for writing appropriate and persuasive narrative to be incorporated in proposals, grant applications, letters of inquiry, reports, fact sheets, and other revenue-raising materials. Prepares documents in response to solicitations.
  5. Maintains current records in the grants database, paper files, and tracks all pending applications, awards, and reporting requirements. Adheres to reporting requirements by submitting timely, accurate reports to funders as necessary.
  6. Develops and observes grant calendar including analysis of giving trends.
  7. Works collaboratively with members of the KCLS Foundation board and KCLS employees to gather information needed to draft proposals, design reports, and authorize KCLS Foundation funding.
  8. Initiates and/or attends meetings with funders to obtain information about the requirements, process, etc., as necessary.
  9. Demonstrates in depth understanding of agency-wide activities and programs. Initiates and coordinates cross functional workgroups composed of internal and external stakeholders to develop program objectives, work plans, budgets, and partnerships.


Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and demonstrated experience in:

  • Graduation from a high school or GED equivalent with a Bachelor's degree in English or Communications from an accredited college.
  • Three years' related experience in grant research, proposals, or grant writing.
  • Experience in research, grant development, proposal writing and grant seeking required.
  • Or equivalent combination of related education, training and experience.
  • Position related experience in a non-profit organization, public agency or foundation preferred.

Core Competencies include:

  • Valuing Diversity - Manages relationships with all kinds and classes of people inclusively and equitably; respects, values, and encourages the unique dimension each employee adds to the organization and each member of the community brings to the whole. Seeks opportunities to learn about differences.
  • Customer Focus - Primarily focused on customer needs, able to deliver high quality, value added services. Constantly strives to find new ways to increase customer satisfaction and understanding, foster equitable services, and forge meaningful connections.
  • Ethics, Values and Judgement - Exercises best judgment, trustworthiness, and professional standards of conduct; consistently demonstrates organization's values, moral principles, and accountability through behavior, character, and action. Defends intellectual freedom and confidentiality.
  • Professional and Technical Knowledge - Demonstrates proficiency in professional and technical skills and/or knowledge in position-related areas; purposely keeps up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise, in order to better foster personal success and connections for others.
  • Communicates Effectively - Conveys ideas/information in a way that is clear, engaging, and suitable to the audience. Main point of their message is apparent. Listens more than they speak, responds appropriately. Seeks influence.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration - Works cooperatively and productively with others to achieve goals and deliverables. Is aware of, utilizes and celebrate their own and team member's strengths and differences.
  • Decision Quality - Makes decisions and solves problems, can deal adeptly with varied levels of complexity, ambiguity, and risk; takes responsibility and accepts ownership for decisions regardless of outcome. Responds promptly and appropriately in crises situations.
  • Accountability - Holds self, direct reports, and others accountable for achieving intended outcomes; follows up and monitors progress to ensure that things stay on track; models organizational values and norms.


The Grant Writer has a starting pay of $28.68 - $34.41 hourly and a robust benefits package which includes:

  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 10 paid holidays and 1 floating holiday
  • KCLS-paid employee premiums for medical with vision insurance (including subsidized HSA) and dental insurance
  • Retirement pension plan and Deferred Compensation Plan (IRS 457b Plan)
  • Long-term disability and Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Transportation subsidy program
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Plus a variety of internal staff development training classes


Required: Applicants must attach a current resume and cover letter which addresses relevant work experience, education, and training as it relates to this position.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply at, navigating to "Search Jobs". Job posting is open until 8/15/19.

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