Grant Writer

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

Title: Grant Writer (Full-time, Non-Exempt)
Division: Development
Reports to: Vice President Institutional Advancement

Basic Functions

Under the direction of the Vice President Institutional Advancement, the Grant Writer will develop, write and submit grant proposals for a wide variety of programs and initiatives, both restricted and unrestricted, to a wide range of organizational, governmental, public and private funding agencies and organizations, both public and private. The Grant Writer will coordinate proposal teams and collaborators; support proposal and budget development and writing; write and edit proposal narratives and budgetary justifications; synthesize and submit proposals and required attachments where relevant; track proposals and coordinate participation in ongoing funding opportunities; track reporting schedules; write, edit, and produce grant progress and final reports, and narrative donor reports. Additionally, the grant writer will research other funding opportunities to continue to widen the GLAZA’s portfolio of corporate and foundation support.

Essential Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  2. Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  3. Work with Finance Department to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  4. Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  5. Provide stewardship to current donors, providing regular written updates to provide regular written updates to corporate and foundation donors.
  6. Maintain a timeline for all grant applications and necessary reports.
  7. Understanding of institutional history and programs.
  8. When appropriate, make appointments for foundation officers and other grant prospects for site tours.
  9. Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  10. Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc).
  11. May be asked to work with GLAZA Trustees on special projects.
  12. Through coordination with Special Events, assists with the planning of the annual Foundation Luncheon.
  13. Provides weekly grant reports, analyses, and forecasts for presentation to Vice President Institutional Advancement and Direct Reports meetings.
  14. Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.
  15. Staffs events as needed.
  16. Performs other duties, as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  1. A bachelor’s degree; higher degree preferable.
  2. A minimum of two years’ work experience in grant writing, both proposals and reports.
  3. Proven track record of raising funds from foundation, corporate and government sources.
  4. Demonstrated skills to communicate persuasively, orally and in writing about the fund- raising goals of GLAZA and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
  5. Demonstrated ability to compose letters and proposals which are grammatically correct and properly formatted.
  6. Proficient with MS Office Word and Excel.
  7. Experience with database systems. Raiser’s Edge experience preferable.
  8. Strong research, analytical and planning skills.
  9. Demonstrated working knowledge of the principles and practices of development and fund raising.
  10. Interpersonal skills to develop and maintain close and effective working relationships with Zoo and GLAZA staff.
  11. Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and complete work in a timely manner despite many deadlines and competing requirements.
  12. Skills in listening perceptively, conveying sensitivity and awareness of prospective donors.
  13. Demonstrated ability to forecast fund raising targets and to evaluate and report progress, forecast and monitor expenses and take corrective action when necessary.
  14. Willingness to work evenings, weekends and holidays as required.
  15. Demonstrated ability to routinely move around Zoo Grounds.
  16. Ability to work extensively on computers and telephones.
  17. Integrity and highest standards of professional conduct.
  18. Required to work all GLAZA galas. 

ABOUT GLAZA: GLAZA is the independent, nonprofit support organization of the Los Angeles Zoo.  We manage seven essential departments, including development, membership, special events, site rentals, marketing, publications and volunteers. GLAZA provides a dynamic working environment in which duties and responsibilities may change. Employees are expected to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of their duties. All employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to GLAZA’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.

COMPENSATION:  GLAZA offers competitive compensation commensurate with a candidate’s experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits including vacation, health, dental & vision insurance, an FSA plan, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, a tax-deferred annuity plan with employer match and contributions, paid vacation & sick leave, and over 13 holidays annually. Additionally, GLAZA’s location is at the beautiful Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

GLAZA is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to fostering diversity in its staff and Board of Trustees. Applications are encouraged from all persons, regardless of their race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical/physical/mental condition, pregnancy/childbirth and related medical condition, age, marital status or veteran status.

IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED: To be considered, applicants must email:

  •  cover letter
  • resume and
  • a writing sample of 2 to 3 pages to:

[email protected]

No phone calls or agencies, please