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Grant Writer, Lincoln Park Zoo

  • 10/13/2022 10:49 AM
    Message # 12952878
    Sarah Rutledge (Administrator)

    Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at lpzoo.org. 


    The Grant Writer serves as the primary writer for Lincoln Park Zoo’s foundation, corporate, and government grants portfolio, with a focus on sharing impact through storytelling and donor-centric communications. As a member of the zoo’s Development team, the Grant Writer also provides writing and editing support for leadership gift proposals and other communications as needed. Responsibilities include composing fundraising materials, collaborating with program and development staff to draft and submit grant proposals and reports, researching prospective grant funding sources, managing a proactive schedule of grant submissions, and maintaining the team’s grants tracking system in the database.



    • Compose and edit grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, and other fundraising materials
    • Accurately track proposals, gifts, actions, and constituent information for institutional donors
    • Work closely with program and accounting staff to gather information necessary for grant proposals and reports
    • Work closely with development, program, and accounting staff to maintain proactive schedule of grant proposal and report preparation; manage grant solicitation and report calendars for institutional funders
    • Prepare and submit institutional grant proposals and reports, including government grants; monitor all grant submissions to ensure accuracy and compliance with funder guidelines
    • Maintain current, supporting documents for grant proposals including operating budget, financial statements, board lists, etc.
    • Conduct prospect research and develop research profiles on prospective foundation donors and government funding sources
    • Compose and edit donor correspondence, including cover letters and acknowledgements.
    • Support other stewardship activities as needed



    • Other duties as assigned



    • Professional and enthusiastic demeanor and commitment to the zoo’s mission and philosophy
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including editing and proofreading skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
    • Superb project management skills, with proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines; meticulous attention to detail
    • Initiative and independence in carrying out responsibilities
    • Well-developed interpersonal skills; ability to interact courteously and respectfully; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with donors, volunteers, zoo visitors, general public and colleagues
    • Understanding of philanthropy and stewardship of foundation, corporate, and government funders
    • Ability to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required; knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge or database management preferred; knowledge of Fastlane, Grants.gov, and Microsoft SharePoint a plus



    • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, history, or related humanities field



    • 3-5 year experience in development or related field, including previous proposal writing experience



    • Ability to work at computer and on phone for long periods
    • Ability to navigate zoo grounds and buildings in all weather conditions



    Available to work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to demands of the role and tasks.

    Position can have Hybrid/Flex schedule. 


    Must provide of Covid-19 vaccination




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