Saint Louis Science Center

  • Grants Writer (Regular Full-Time)

    Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(9/24/2018 6:11 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Institutional Advancement
  • Overview

    The Grants Writer supports and advances the Saint Louis Science Center’s goals by researching and identifying potential sources of grant funding, working with staff and partners to develop and write successful proposals and completing required reports to funders on the impact of their support.


    • Assume primary responsibility for identifying and profiling individual, corporate, and foundation donors, and research prospects for major gifts, endowed gifts, and special project funding
    • Meet regularly with program and project staff, keeping abreast of their activities and initiatives and programs underway within their departments.
    • Consult with development staff to determine feasibility of research requests and special projects.
    • Advise development staff about new prospect possibilities as appropriate or requested.
    • Prepares drafts of proposals, including project narratives, budget, and other supporting documentation, in a timely manner to meet grant application deadlines.
    • Assist the Grants Manager in the submission of all grant proposals, letters of inquiry, reports and other correspondence to granting agencies.
    • Prepare and submit a range of small grant proposals.
    • Use both standard and novel prospect research techniques and tools to identify new prospects and complete donor background requests, including periodical and electronic screening and/or information provided by the prospect or his/her organization.
    • Create profile reports tailored to needs of individual development programs.
    • Maintain policies and procedures for the prospect research program.
    • Review local and national news and business publications, keeping abreast of prospect information and local and regional business developments and economic trends.
    • Send articles to development staff as appropriate.
    • Maintain and develop professional relationships with local prospect researchers, as well as national and local associations.
    • Manage research information services.
    • Utilize development database (Raiser's Edge) to track/store profile data.
    • Safeguard the confidentiality of donor information at all times.
    • Maintain the professional and ethical standards set forth for the field by the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA).
    • Perform other responsibilities as required.


    • This position requires the ability to make sound judgment, demonstrate the ability and fortitude to identify unknown sources.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, an attention to detail, an aptitude for logical thinking, a commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to interact with development staff as well as experience working in non-profit sector and with sensitive and confidential information.
    • Extensive computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office software, Raiser's Edge, searching on-line databases and the Internet. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and meet goals in a timely manner.
    • Ability to initiate and implement multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Resourceful in prospect research and other forms of research needed for Development initiatives.
    • Ability to research and develop raw data into meaningful conclusions.
    • Must be able to think quickly, assess a situation and make a sound decision.
      • Minimal education of Bachelor's degree OR equivalent experience in Development or comparable field required.
      • 2 to 4 years of research and grant writing preferred.


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