Grant Writer

The Grant Writer is primarily responsible for drafting compelling, comprehensive proposals and reports to foundations, government entities and corporate donors.

Posted: January 5, 2023


Reporting to the Associate Director, Planning and Impact, the Grant Writer is primarily responsible for drafting compelling, comprehensive proposals and reports to foundations, government entities and corporate donors. The Grant Writer will also track deadlines and pending applications as well as work with colleagues in Development to conduct research on prospective funding sources. Additionally, the Grant Writer will manage the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which supports need-based scholarships for families seeking Jewish education in our community.

This position will be filled at an exciting time for the Federation as it embarks on a new strategic plan to grow our donor base, invest in data management and metrics and fund our community priorities.



Grant Writing:

  • Draft and compile comprehensive, accurate reports and applications to foundation, corporate and government donors on the behalf of the Federation as well as community agencies and collaborations.
  • Develop, in conjunction with Development, Finance and other departments, comprehensive, realistic and accurate project budgets.
  • Work with other departments to coordinate grant requirements and content, as well as to collect and synthesize data.
  • Ensure all drafts and materials, as well as submissions and correspondence, are completed in a timely manner, with adequate time for review and approval.
  • Research prospective grants opportunities from national and local foundations and government entities.
  • Research and develop prospective donors for capacity and propensity indicators to create outreach strategies.
  • Serve as point of contact, and maintain positive relationships, with foundation, corporate and government donors to ensure that the Federation is meeting submission requirements and grant terms.
  • Assist with management of timelines and tracking system for grant applications, renewals and report deadlines.
  • Acquire and maintain strong knowledge of the Federation’s mission, programming, voice and activities.
  • Acquire and maintain strong knowledge of the Federation’s agencies – mission, programs, outputs and budgets.
  • Work in close conjunction with the Development and Finance Departments to ensure accurate financial records.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and files relating to applications and reports, as well as donor information and notes.
  • Ensure compliance with IRS regulations and foundations’ requirements for grants.

EITC Administration:

  • Coordinate all aspects of the EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit) program.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the EITC program and its related entities (OSTC, Pre-K, and SPEs).
  • Coordinate operational tasks internally with a multidepartment team to ensure a smooth, successful, and compliant EITC campaign.
  • Manage written and verbal communications with prospects, donors, state government agencies, Jewish day schools and pre-k agencies.
  • Cultivate relationships with the Jewish Day Schools, Pre-K agencies, and other EITC Programs throughout Pennsylvania.
  • Ensure state regulations and policies that govern the EITC program are current and in compliance with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
  • Steward current and identify new donors to the EITC program.
  • Liaise with Development Associate to address questions of new corporate donors to EITC.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Media, or related field; Masters preferred
  • 2+ years’ experience in grant writing, prospect research, general fundraising or a minimum of 2 years’ comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting
  • Excellent, demonstrated skills in written communication and editing.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying, applying for and receiving grants from private and public sources.
  • Experience with non-profit budgeting and ability to collaborate to create project budgets.
  • Strong adherence to internal and external deadlines.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to function effectively as a team member and a willingness to participate in activities and assignments that help meet shared goals.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; accuracy is a MUST.
  • Proficient skill in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19
  • Must be available to work some evenings, weekends and be able to travel for local meetings.


This position has a competitive salary of $ 58,900 to $76,600 annually commensurate with experience.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh offers people friendly environment, including:

  • Excellent health care and retirement benefits
  • Generous time off
  • Hybrid work arrangement
  • Opportunities for continued professional development, including access to the JPRO Network, which connects, educates, inspires, and empowers professionals working in the Jewish nonprofit sector


Qualified individuals may apply by sending cover letter and resume to Human Resources at


The Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or any genetic information.

Inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of Jewish Pittsburgh. For accommodations for disabilities in the application or interviewing process, please contact us at

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This job announcement is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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