Grant Writer

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



United States


About the Permanent Fund

The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. 


To accomplish this goal, the Permanent Fund combines child care quality improvement and capacity building with public awareness of, and political will-building for, affordable access to high-quality child care. We nurture partnerships and support community-informed collaborations. We believe philanthropy can catalyze a movement and leverage public investment to address this large-scale social challenge, and we have effectively employed these strategies at the local level community-by-community to achieve statewide results. Our vision is that Vermont is the best place to be a child, to raise a family, to make a living and to build community, because Vermont invests in its kids.


Our culture is dynamic, fast-paced and driven by these core values:


  • Commitment to Children: We believe that investing in the wellbeing of children birth to five is a catalyst for positive social change. 
  • Inclusion: We are building an organization, movement and system that promote equity and diversity.
  • Collaboration: We support each other and our partners to achieve shared success.
  • Agility: We adapt readily to our environment to ensure we're in the best position to achieve our goals.
  • Strategy: We take a focused, coordinated, data-driven approach to achieving our goals.
  • Transparency: We are intentional about sharing clear and timely information about our work, priorities, mission and values. 

Role of the Grant Writer

The Permanent Fund (PF) seeks an experienced, talented and goal-oriented writer and storyteller to join its growing and dynamic development team. Working closely with the Chief Development Officer and the Development Services Assistant, the Grant Writer will work to maintain and expand philanthropic support for the PF’s mission to achieve affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. This individual will manage a complex existing grant portfolio as well as research and seek funding from new foundation, corporate, and public entities at the local, state and national levels. S/he will steward and expand relationships between the PF and its existing and prospective philanthropic partners. Projects will include formal proposals, letters of inquiry, compliance and stewardship reports and other key communications that support the PF’s relationships with its funders. 

This position will report to the Chief Development Officer as part of the Development Department.


The position responsibilities include:

·       Write concise and compelling funding proposals and reports for existing and prospective funding partners.

·       Perform extensive research to identify foundations and corporations from outside of Vermont that are aligned with the PF’s mission and capable of making six- and seven- figure grants.

·       Double the number of the PF’s submitted proposals in 2019 from 35 to 70.

·       Work closely with Development Services Assistant to submit funding proposals and requests, and manage “grants management” functions including tracking deadlines, deliverables and communities within organization and with colleagues at the Vermont Community Foundation.

·       Develop relationships with foundation and corporate foundation staff through authentic, effective and compelling communication of the PF’s mission, programs and goals.

·       Work collaboratively with PF program and communications staff in development of proposal and report content.

·       Generally assist the Development Department in reaching its annual fundraising goals, under the direction of the Chief Development Officer.


A well-qualified candidate will possess the following:

·       Interest in and passion for the mission of PF.

·       Minimum 3–5 years of grant writing experience in a nonprofit setting.

·       Proven track record of successful grant research and writing at the national level.

·       Demonstrated success securing grants and a capacity to collaborate well with others. 

·       Excellent research skills and knowledge of online research tools.

·       General knowledge of nonprofit development practices.

·       Highly detail-oriented with a passion for data integrity.

·       Experience working in a team environment and ability to work independently.

·       Ability to listen well, communicate and relate to others personally and professionally.

·       Experience managing multiple, simultaneous projects successfully.

·       Outstanding writing skills including excellent command of English grammar and spelling.

·       Sensitivity to handling financial and confidential information on behalf of donors.

·       Proficient in basic computer skills; MS Office (Outlook, Excel and mail merge functions).

·       Interest and ability to work across diverse cultures and constituencies and participate actively in the organization’s diversity, equity and cultural competency efforts.

·       Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage work with shifting priorities and tight deadlines.

Location: This full-time position requires desk work within a collaborative, open-office environment at the PF headquarters in Burlington, Vermont. Regular attendance at the office is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions. Office hours are 9 AM–5 PM, Monday through Friday, with occasional event support on evenings and weekends.

The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, age, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, place of birth, citizenship, military or veteran status, HIV status, genetic information, disability or any other legally protected status as defined and require by state and federal laws.


Competitive salary and benefits that include paid family leave and contribution to child care costs.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email a cover letter and résumé to with Development Officer in the subject line.