Grant and Development Writer

  • Full Time
  • Columbus
  • Salary Range (Optional but highly recommended to increase equity in the workplace): 53,000

Website Franklin Park Conservatory

Job Summary: The full time Grant and Development Writer writes proposals, grants and reports for government, foundation and corporate donors and prospects, identifies potential new foundation donors, and assists in the creation of specialized correspondence for individual donors and events.

As part of a creative and skilled team, the experienced Grants and Development Writer will also put versatile skills to work across many channels and platforms on messaging aimed to raise awareness of philanthropic opportunities, illustrate the impact of private support in areas ranging from community engagement and access, education programs, meaningful exhibitions and horticultural displays, or health and social benefits to the various constituencies at Franklin Park Conservatory. This position reports to the Vice President of Philanthropy.

Additional Information: The Development team generates contributed revenue and awareness in order to fund 25% – 30% of the organization’s operating budget, annually. The team’s focus is to raise operating budget goals foremost, and yet fund program development and capital needs at the same time. Through donor-centric communications and engagement opportunities, building the existing donor pipeline over time to support future fundraising efforts is key to our success.

Mission Statement: Inspired by horticulture, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural and social experiences.

Benefits Information: This position is eligible for the Conservatory’s benefit package offered to full-time employees, which includes medical, dental and vision insurance, company paid Life/AD&D/Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance, participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement Program (OPERS), optional 457(b) Deferred Compensation plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), and complimentary membership to the Conservatory.

Compensation: $53,000 annual


Grant Writing (65%)

  • Creates compelling, persuasive, and concise letters of inquiry, proposals, grants, and reports for foundation and corporate funders.
  • Works closely with development staff responsible for foundation and corporate relations to discern programming objectives and financial needs and effectively translates this information into proposals aligned with the Conservatory’s funding priorities.
  • Works closely with the VP of Philanthropy and the President and CEO to ensure government funding timelines are anticipated and met, with appropriate letters, contracts, and follow up reports completed and recorded.
  • Conducts local and national prospect research to identify potential new funders and prepares information for team meetings and Development Committee meetings for vetting discussion.
  • Collaborates with program staff and finance to develop proposal language and budgets that comply with funders’ requirements and aligns with their priorities.
  • Leads the management of the grants calendar for: letters of inquiry, proposal and report deadlines and works with internal staff to ensure all deadlines are met.

Development Writing (15%)

  • Creates compelling, persuasive, and concise content in support of philanthropic priorities, which may include writing and editing stewardship and cultivation materials, donor impact e-newsletter articles and blog posts, website giving page updates, acknowledgment letters, leadership emails, and more.
  • In partnership with the VP of Philanthropy, leads the content creation and timeline for the Annual Report.

Events Writing (15%)

  • Partners with Development Officer for Special Events to capture event format, theme and details and convey through compelling, on-brand event information in the form of: online giving/purchasing opportunities, sponsorship package language, social media posts, email communications and invitations, print materials, donor acknowledgements and event talking points or scripts.
  • Attends various event planning meetings.
  • Submits grant-like event sponsorship proposals, as requested.

Data Management (5%)

  • Enters all corporate and foundation letters of inquiry, proposals, grants and reports into the Raiser’s Edge database and appropriate shared drive.
  • Communicates budgetary impact of gifts awarded with team, finance and FPC program staff, as appropriate.
  • Assists in creating upcoming fiscal year goals based on anticipated submissions and awards for government, foundation and corporate grants.


  • Attends fundraising and stewardship events, as appropriate.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a related field.
    2-3+ years’ grant writing experience with a track record of success is required.
  • Demonstrated success in professional fundraising writing via writing samples is required.
    3+ years of experience working in a non-profit organization is preferred.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or Tessitura is highly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Superior written and oral communication skills with the ability to be clear and precise.
  • Warmth and an ability to convey mission-centric messages in both written and verbal interactions.
  • Positive and collaborative team player with a high degree of initiative and self-discipline.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience using Google Suite including Docs, Sheets and Slides is desirable.
  • Interest in the arts and/or horticulture is a plus.

EEO Statement:

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Conservatory does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, lactation status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other protected status. The Conservatory values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. 

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