Grant Specialist sought by Literary Arts

Deadline April 21, 2017

Literary Arts seeks a passionate, efficient, and well-organized individual to assist in writing grants and executing grant processes on a part-time basis. This position reports directly to the Director of Development & Marketing.

Responsibilities for the Grant Writer

• Work with the Donor Relations Assistant to manage the grant calendar and deadlines
• Research the foundation or government guidelines of each proposal and/or report in detail
• Research previously successful grants and reports from internal paper files and database and note successes and failures in these previous applications
• Gain familiarity with Literary Arts’ mission, culture, and organizational messaging
• Incorporate the tone of Literary Arts’ messaging into the proposals and/or report narrative drafts
• Prepare and collate all grant attachments
• Before the submission process, execute the proposal and/or report as directed by instructions and as approved by the Director of Development & Marketing
• Update paper files and electronic files at the end of every grant project
• Other grant-related duties as determined by the Director of Development & Marketing

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant.

• Commitment to literature and its place in our society
• Undergraduate degree or equivalent
• At least 3 years of grant writing experience, preferably in the arts
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills
• Comfortable in an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences
• Impeccable attention to detail
• Fluency with Mac and Microsoft business applications
• Experience with Filemaker Pro, Adobe Suite, and WordPress a plus
• Proofreading skills a plus

This is a part-time position with a very flexible schedule. A work from home option is available. The only office time requirement is every Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. for our weekly all staff meeting. Estimated time commitment of 15-20 hours per week.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Literary Arts is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for our employees and volunteers. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hourly pay range: $15-25/hour, depends on experience.

To Apply

Please send a PDF document that includes the following items to Maggie Allen at, with “Your Name, Grant Specialist Application” in the subject line:

1) Cover Letter
2) Resume
3) 1-3 Page Writing Sample (grant submission preferred)
4) Hourly Wage Requirement and Availability

Deadline: First review of applications will begin on Friday, March 17. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis.

About Literary Arts

Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit arts organization located in Portland, Oregon with a 33-year history of serving the state’s readers and writers. Our programs support, promote, and celebrate Oregon’s writers and publishers through the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program; inspire public high school students to write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing through Youth Programs; bring the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to Oregon to engage with our community in Portland Arts & Lectures; and build community around literature through Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival. We also guide discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve. For more information about Literary Arts, visit

The mission of Literary Arts is to engage readers, support writers,
and inspire the next generation with great literature.

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