Grant Writer

Job Type

Part Time




1936 University Avenue
United States



Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the psychosocial impacts of trauma among international survivors of human rights abuses and forced displacement resulting from war, torture, gender-based violence and persecution due to identity and beliefs.  

At our Mosaic Healing Center in Berkeley, California, we: 

(a) Provide culturally and contextually aware, trauma-informed and linguistically accessible psychological and psychosocial care for refugees, asylees and asylum seekers, (b) Expand multidisciplinary clinical capacity to serve these diverse international populations through an 11-month, 24-hour per week in-depth clinical training program for graduate students and post-graduate interns in psychology and social work, and (c) Advocate for policies to prevent trauma and re-traumatization among international survivors of human rights abuses.   


In a few short years, PTR has successfully built a robust grants program, with support from foundations, corporations, and government funds. Grants support the majority of funding for PTR’s operations. Because PTR works at the nexus of mental health care and human rights, our work aligns with funding opportunities from foundation, corporate, and government donors focusing on refugee & immigrant rights, mental health, and services for survivors of violent crimes, among other areas.

While we seek to diversify our funding sources through building an individual donors program in the coming months and years, grants remain an important part of supporting our existing work and enabling us to scale our programs. 

The grant writer will work with the Executive Director to track timelines for renewing existing grants, identify new funding sources, and apply when appropriate. 


The roles and responsibilities of the grant writer will include but are not limited to the following:

Write Grant Applications for Foundations; Corporations; and County, State, and Federal Government Grants

·       Familiarize yourself with PTR’s programs, goals, and financial needs for the next 1-2 years.

·       Work with Executive Director, Program Manager, and Clinical Program Manager to identify programmatic areas for support, and to develop the grant budget. 

·       Adapt previously successful grant applications to align with prospective donor priorities, and craft new language as appropriate. 

Research New Funding Opportunities

·       Identify funding sources supporting psychosocial care for refugees, asylum seekers, and other international survivors of human rights abuses. 

·       Potentially reach out to grants management personnel at prospective funder organizations and set up informational meetings with PTR’s Executive Director.

Assist in Grants Management

·       Work with Program Manager to draft program and financial reports for smaller grants. The Program Manager is the principal manager of all grant-related data and financial reports. Because several of PTR’s grants are greater than $100,000 and require more stringent reporting requirements, the grant writer will assist the Program Manager in meeting reporting requirements for smaller grants.

What Success Looks Like

·       Within 1 month, the grant writer will have a comprehensive understanding of PTR’s current grant landscape and goals for future grant funding. 

·       Within 2 months, the grant writer will be able to adapt relevant material from previous grants to align with requirements, areas of focus, and language for new grant opportunities, as well as draft new language.

·       Within 3 months, the grant writer will have applied to 3-5 new grant opportunities; within 6 months, 6-8.

·       Within 6 months, the grant writer will have written winning proposals for all renewal grants (assuming grantors have not changed funding priorities), and will have successfully procured $50,000 to $100,000 in new funding. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Required Education & Experience

·       Successfully written grants for organizations working in areas related to human rights, mental health, or both.

·       Strong ability to write grant applications to corporate, foundation, and government funders.

·       Ability to track and fully complete all grant requirements, including narrative, budget, and additional documents and forms, in a timely fashion.

·       Experience working in deadline-driven environments.

·       Ability to accurately and fully respond to grant application questions, using language appropriate to funder. 

·       Comfortable with excel spreadsheets for creating and managing budgets.

·       Extremely high attention to detail. 

·       Minimum of 5 years grant writing experience.

·       Commitment to working as a member of a team.

·       Experience with technical writing, especially pertaining to psychological services or mental health care.

·       Team player with ability to communicate clearly, openly and with a collaborative and positive approach to defining goals and problem-solving

Preferred Experience   

·       International work experience.

Competencies & Interests

·       Passion for human rights, mental health care, and/or refugee & immigrant issues. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Application process:  If interested, please submit the following to with the subject Application for grant writer:  1) a cover letter; 2) your most recent curriculum vitaeor resume; 3) two samples of grant application narratives you have written which were successful.

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled. To learn more about Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, please visit our website at             

Partnerships for Trauma Recovery is an equal employment opportunities (EEO) and does not discriminate on the basis of ancestry, age, color, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDs), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, or request for FMLA in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Healing the psychosocial impacts of trauma for a more peaceful tomorrow