Community Engagement

Title: Grant Strategy and Writing Expert

Start Date: April 11, 2022

Organization: Metropolitan Family Service - Social Purpose Works

Location: Virtual

Social Purpose Works is the latest innovative program offering of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), a Portland Oregon social service agency since 1950. MFS Social Purpose Works recruits pro bono (volunteer) professionals for nonprofit project-based opportunities in Oregon and SW Washington. Social Purpose Works is recruiting a Grant Strategy and Writing Expert for Family SkillBuilders (FSB). FSB has served the Portland metro area for 20 years, working toward their mission that children can safely remain in their homes and not be placed into foster care. They deliver individualized parent training for families involved in child welfare that is hands-on, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive. Prior to 2021, FSB was funded through the state. Due to a sharp decline in state funding, FSB became a non-profit. Project Description: As a new nonprofit, they want to develop their capacity to apply for and procure grants. Funds they receive would be used to provide services to families at no cost to them. With increased and diversified funding, they will be better positioned to provide pro bono services to the greater community. Your expertise in grant strategy and writing will be integral to their strategic plan and provide FSB with a direction, process, and sustainable approach to grants management.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

– Grant Writing and Reporting

– Process Improvement

– Documentation

– Strategic Planning

– Data Analysis

– Organization and Attention to Detail

– Training

Key Deliverables:

– Develop a grant strategy

– Identify grants that FSB would be eligible for

– Construct a grant calendar

– Work with staff to complete grant applications

– Structure framework for monitoring and reporting out on grants

– Create systems and templates that can be used for future grant applications

Education/Experience: No degree required. Proven experience writing, procuring, tracking, and reporting on grants. Nonprofit experience preferred.

Time commitment: Large-Extra Large. This project will need to be frontloaded with hours to complete the grant writing strategy and framework, then will be tapered as needed during grant eligibility periods. Flexible hours around your schedule.

Resources: The Executive Director is the project manager. As a starting point, FSB has an extensive list of grants for consideration. The selected candidate will be provided with a shared drive on which to complete this project.

Work Environment/Location: This is a remote position and will not require in-person activity unless the candidate would like to arrange to use FSB office space to complete work.

This is a pro bono (volunteer) project. To view the full project description and express interest in this project, visit