Grant Writer

Reference: JOB1137
Employer: Family Links

Position Summary:   The Grant Writer is responsible for researching, developing and writing all grants for Familylinks to maximize the various program and funding capacities. 

For thousands of people and families in our region, Familylinks is a strong connection to a life of health, hope and independence.  Familylinks services help those who are struggling with mental health issues, developmental disabilities, addictions, abuse, behavioral problems, illnesses and other life challenges.   For more information on Familylinks, please visit

Position Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of three years of related experience and a proven track record in grant writing and program development. 
  • Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with being proficient in research, interpreting, and analyzing diverse data.
  • Possess the ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals.
  • The candidate must be highly organized with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes, able to effectively work under pressure, use independent judgement and produce a quality work product within tight time constraints.
  • Previous grant experience will demonstrate a proven track record in securing new funding opportunities, comprehensive knowledge of research, and the ability to distinguish and identify funding opportunities for existing Familylinks programs.
  • Knowledge of federal grant guidelines is important.
  • Experience with Pittsburgh-area corporate and private foundations is preferred.
  • Knowledge in the area of health and human services is preferred.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • The Grant Writer must possess strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to interface and present in a professional manner to a broad range of internal and external audiences.
  • The Grant Writer must be creative, have strong computer skills and possess a high degree of organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities including the aptitude to prioritize multiple functions and tasks.
  • Support the organization’s mission along with sensitivity to cultural and workplace harmony.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Communicates a consistent message supporting the mission of Familylinks.
  • Facilitates, reviews, and edits grant proposals and supporting documents.
  • Conducts electronic research; compiles data; inputs and retrieves data via computer.
  • Maintains and implements grants calendar of activities, including cultivations activities
  • Acts as a liaison to Program Staff and engages with Program Staff to solicit, write and submit grant proposals
  • Identifies funding opportunities to match Familylinks priorities and potential new program areas
  • Conducts research on potential funding sources for family foundations, corporate, county, state, and federal grants; maintains contact with all external liaisons
  • Works closely with Director of Development and Development Manager to implement stewardship activities for current and potential funders
  • Works closely with Government Relations Coordinator to keep elected officials informed of Familylinks activities and to secure letters of support for government grants
  • Maintain a file of current documentation required for government grant applications, i.e., insurance certifications, list of facilities, licenses, organization charts, etc.
  • Works closely with Familylinks staff in developing and transforming ideas into grant proposals;
  • Maintains comprehensive knowledge of particular areas involved in identifying and soliciting grants; may collaborate with various internal departments.
  • May coordinate project activities; prepares and processes letters and correspondence, presentation materials, and letters of intent; maintains funding opportunity spreadsheet, activity tracking spreadsheet, and related confidential files.
  • Tracks and completes all grants reports as assigned by the grantee.
  • Assists as needed with other Development and Outreach department activities
  • Attend all meetings, supervisions and trainings as needed.

Working Conditions:  The Grant Writer is based out of the Highlands Administrative Building however will be expected to travel at times for external meetings along with visiting other Familylinks locations. The working hours are during the business day in most situations.

Physical Requirements:  Sedentary:   Lifting up to 10 lbs. maximum and occasionally carrying such articles as files, marketing information and small office tools.


  • Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
  • This job description reflects management’s assignment of the essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
  • Critical features of this job have been described in the narrative.  They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


Familylinks is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider


posted January 28, 2019