Grant Specialist

Job Description

Posted August 13, 2021

About the Pope Francis Center: Pope Francis Center exists to provide meals, supportive services, and housing assistance to Detroit community members in need, especially those experiencing homelessness. On an average day, we welcome nearly 200 guests and provide them with nutritious meals, showers, laundry, and access to doctors, dentists, lawyers, and housing providers through our free clinics. We have been serving Detroit’s most vulnerable citizens for over 30 years, and we envision a Detroit without homelessness, where every person has the resources for sustained stability.

Position Description: The Grant Writer & Relationship Manager reports to the Director of Institutional Advancement and assists with fundraising activities related to institutional and individual giving and manages grant cycles from prospecting through reporting results. The position is part of the Development Team, which is responsible for fundraising—direct mail, special events, crowdfunding, grants, and individual gifts—as well as donor cultivation and stewardship, donor record keeping and prospecting, and overall marketing and communications.

Educational Requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years of experience with grant writing and a proven track record of success

Required Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills and ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with fundraising; prospect research preferable
  • Ability to meet deadlines and monitor and meet income goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Flexible schedule


  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to public, private, and corporate foundations
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations, both locally and nationally, to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
  • Work with organization leadership to gather information necessary to report to funders on current programs
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by each funder
  • Work with Development Team to provide stewardship to current donors
  • Maintain a detailed understanding of organizational history, programs, and future goals
  • Build and maintains relationships with corporate and foundation donors
  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Institutional Advancement to schedule appointments and onsite visits with foundation officers, supporters, and prospects
  • Work with program staff to identify and/or develop new initiatives that are of interest to donors
  • Maintain current records in the database and separate files, including grant tracking, reporting, and timelines
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested
  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors to cultivate, steward, and solicit
  • Other Duties as assigned by Director of Institutional Advancement


Compensation & Benefits: Pope Francis Center offers excellent salary, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, paid time off, and additional benefits through the Michigan Catholic Conference. Our administrative offices are located in the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

To apply: Send your resume and cover letter to

Pope Francis Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. We do not discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, or any other applicable protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.