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Grant Writer (Part-Time)

Reports to: Director of Development

Details: Part-time, year-round, 20-24 hours/week.  Non-exempt.

Accepting applications: Applications are open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.

Location: Hybrid work environment or on-site at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street, Burlington. Would consider fully remote depending on candidate location.

Description: ECHO’s Grant Writer will support the Director of Development and the greater ECHO team by cultivating a deep understanding of the organization’s operational goals; by sourcing and creating complete, compelling applications for grants; and by thoroughly and professionally transferring information about received grants to the operational grant managers.  This person will track and evaluate the outcomes of grant applications to continually hone their approach and processes to improve success.

Responsibilities include:  

  • Identify and research potential grant opportunities from government agencies, foundations, corporations, and other sources.
  • Maintain an up-to-date database of potential grantors and their funding cycles.
  • Write clear, persuasive, and well-organized grant proposals tailored to the specific requirements of each grant opportunity.
  • Collaborate with ECHO staff to gather information and data necessary for grant proposals and to ensure mission alignment and appropriate internal resourcing.
  • Ensure all proposals are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Maintain strong relationships with current grantors.
  • Communicate regularly with grantors to provide updates on ECHO and the impact of their funding.
  • Participate in the timely submission of grant reports, including financial and programmatic reports, to grantors.
  • Ensure compliance with all grant-related requirements and regulations.
  • Work with Director of Development to develop a comprehensive grant strategy that aligns with the museum’s mission and goals.
  • Create grant acquisition plan to support established goals, including contingency opportunities.
  • Maintain accurate records of all grant-related activities, including proposals, submissions, and outcomes.
  • Monitor the success of grant applications to look for opportunities to learn, improve, or refine processes for greater success.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with ECHO’s staff to ensure functional collaboration on grant approaches.
  • Suggest mission-aligned operational opportunities based on available grant funding.

Essential Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in grant writing
  • Database management and reporting experience 
  • Knowledge of relevant organizations, foundations, and government bodies
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong customer service orientation
  • Sophisticated written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to use considerable tact and diplomacy
  • Fluency with data and using data to support project objectives
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office, Google Workplace, Database Management, and Research 
  • Clear decision making and problem solving techniques to identify opportunities or unique ways to reach conclusions or find alternative solutions
  • Demonstrated experience proactively and efficiently managing several projects at once to meet deadlines
  • A clear understanding and appreciation of the role of a Science Center, STEM education, and commitment to its philosophy, mission and objectives

Instructions for Applying: 

To be considered a candidate for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Katelyn Olson (she/her/hers) by email or phone ( / 802-864-1848 Ext.116).

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

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