Grant Writer (Contract, Part-Time)

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is a non-profit society committed to enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls. We are proud to offer our employees a supportive and positive working environment, and our commitment to work/life balance. As an organization that is seen as a leader in mentoring, we look for employees who are committed to our mission and passionate about mentoring for vulnerable girls and youth.

Working with the Fundraising & Partnerships team, the Grant Writer plays a key role in the completion of the application process for financial grants from private foundations, public foundations, government and non-governmental organizations, corporations, service clubs, and other institutions.

This is a one-year parental leave contract. Perfect for someone who is looking for a part time role – this position can be three full days per week, or five half days per week.  


  • Identifies, creates and reviews official grant documentation
  • Drafts funding application content to meet distinct application standards
  • Responsible for stewardship including impact reports to existing funders
  • Manages the granting calendar and annual plan
  • Assists with and creates copy for various other initiatives such as scripts and press releases as and when required
  • Meets funding deadlines by prioritizing and establishing dates for information gathering, writing, review, and approval
  • Works with both the Fundraising & Partnerships team and the Programs Team to identify and source the required data for the proposal development
  • Maintains and/or increases support from foundations, granting agencies, employee groups, and service clubs
  • Consistently researches available grants and solicits support from new granting organizations
  • Maintains funding / proposal application database including records of completed proposals, proposal requests and correspondence from funders
  • Tracks proposal conversion rates
  • Assists in general agency functioning and performs other duties as requested or required


  • Post-secondary education in creative writing, communications or similar would be ideal
  • Minimum of three (3) years of grant and/or major proposal writing experience
  • Knowledge of CRA Charitable regulations would be ideal
  • Computer literate; exposure to Raiser’s Edge or a similar database would be ideal
  • Experience in not-for-profit leadership would be ideal
  • An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered


  • Is a strategic thinker, able to create and implement action plans, evaluate the process and analyze the results
  • Someone who is detail and deadline-oriented, and able to plan ahead
  • Good verbal communication skills to reach out to existing and potential funders to express interest in applying, learn about new requirement, get feedback, say thank you etc.
  • Has excellent written skills; present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively
  • Is able to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence and other written materials
  • Displays high emotional intelligence; uses tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential situations
  • Creates connections and trust with diverse individuals and groups
  • Models core qualities such as honesty, integrity, resilience, confidence, maturity and high emotional intelligence


This is a one-year contract, part-time position (22.5 hours per week). Please confirm your interest by submitting your resume and cover letter to:

Molly Loudon, Director Philanthropy, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland


 Please use Subject Line: Grant Writer 

Please note: applications will be reviewed as they are received so we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

If your background and qualifications match the position requirements, we will contact you.

No phone calls, please.