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Grant Writer

Posted: 04/27/2021

Grant Writer
Founded in 1972, Literacy DuPage is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide one to one, customized English language tutoring to local area adult learners, who have reached out for help in improving their English language comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Many learners are immigrants.

Remarkably, it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 adults in DuPage County alone with insufficient English language abilities. Literacy DuPage paves the way for adult residents to increase their fluency and to communicate successfully, leading to safer, more productive, and richer lives.

Literacy DuPage trains volunteers to tutor adult learners throughout DuPage County. Each year, 400 volunteers serve over 500 adult learners, and the program is expanding with the goal of doubling these figures within twelve months.

The Grant Writer opportunity is a part-time position, reporting to the Executive Director. Candidate MUST have a minimum of 5 years of grant writing experience and reside in the Chicagoland area. Please, no freelancers or consultants.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage relationships with current grantors
  • Research, identify, and expand additional funders both locally and nationally
  • Develop grant budgets and forecasts
  • Write and submit effective grant proposals/applications to support existing and emerging program initiatives and general operating needs
  • Track grant submission and reporting dates, plus deliverables and closing activities; maintain the grants calendar; monitor progress and ensure that all deadlines are met on time or ahead of schedule
  • Work collaboratively with the program team to gather data for grants and with finance to meet reporting requirements in grant agreements
  • Develop realistic action plans
  • Handle multiple assignments
  • Meet grant income goals
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the organization’s services, goals, mission, and strategic direction
  • Other duties as assigned
Essential Skills and Competencies
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Possess an interest in promoting adult literacy education
  • At least 5 years of experience working in a non-profit setting
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated successful experience writing and securing grants for foundation, corporate, and/or government funding
  • Proactive self-starter with the ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to meet grant submission and reporting deadlines
  • Strong, persuasive verbal and written communication skills and proofreading ability
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization, deadline-driven, project management, accountability, and time management skills
  • Computer skills required: Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Good understanding of public funding sources (e.g. municipal, county, and state) and the private philanthropic community
  •  Familiarity with key financial concepts and ability to read financial documents
  • DuPage County resident preferred
This Grant Writer position is a part-time opportunity at 24-30 hours per week with the potential to develop into a full-time position. The hourly rate is $25.

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
TEMPORARILY due to COVID-19, staff is working remotely and hopes to return to working in the office in the Fall. Candidates MUST reside in the Chicagoland area to eventually commute to the college.

To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Bobbi Burgstone at A writing sample would be beneficial.

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