Grant Writer

COA Youth & Family Centers

Mission: COA Youth & Family Centers nurtures children, supports families, and builds strong and resilient communities - one child, one family, one community at a time.

Position Details

Grant Writer
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

This position is responsible for the administration of the agency’s grants and external communication. Specific areas of responsibility include research of funding sources, preparation of proposals and final reports, ensuring timely submission of reports, and tracking progress of the entire process from start to finish, as well as writing agency communications pieces. It also participates in overall development planning and fundraising/marketing objectives.

Main Job Responsibilities:

  • Acquire and maintain sound knowledge and understanding of COA’s mission, programs, target population and strategic vision. 
  • Ensure grant process is efficient and effective. 
  • Research, identify and reach viable new sources of government, corporate and foundation support. 
  • Work with program staff to track deliverables so grant is implemented with fidelity 
  • Model appropriate behavior at all times. This includes developing and maintaining appropriate professional relationships and boundaries with colleagues, visitors, donors, and other stakeholders. 
  • Support all development department functions and as needed, provide general office assistance. 
  • Attend COA events to support programs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and/or three years’ experience in a development office. 
  • Experience in grant application processes and/or project management. 
  • High proficiency in standard office software, especially Excel, Google suite, video conferencing, etc. 
  • Experience in a diverse, youth-work setting preferred.

Skills/Personal Qualities/Attitude:

  • Embody COA Values with a passion for serving others 
  • Effective interpersonal skills to develop strong working relationships. Cultural competency. Respect for diversity of all types. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly the ability to read, analyze, write, and edit. 
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  •  Proven ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form. 
  • Meticulous attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills, and proven ability to work well under pressure.

Earnings: $23.00 per hour.

This is a full-time, year-round position eligible for benefits. Benefits include generous paid time off, health plans (medical, dental, vision), life insurance, Employee Assistance Program, 403(b) retirement plan, 11 paid holidays, and a great working environment.

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