National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • External Affairs
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • $58K - $65k
  • Salary
  • Full Time

This position will prefer applicants from California, Texas, and  Washington, DC, but will consider other places for the right candidate.


General Position Purpose Statement


The Grant Writer leads the overall strategy for grant and institutional funding for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline). This includes identification of prospective grant opportunities (government, foundations and corporations), prospect research, grant writing and application coordination, working in partnership with the Chief Development and Marketing Officer (CDMO). This position is responsible for writing proposals for unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects and for submitting reports for all non-government funders. The Hotline is a recipient of grant funding from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This position will lead our competitive application in 2020 for these funds. This position is not responsible for government grant compliance, but works closely with our Compliance Department. Increasing grant funding is a direct objective of The Hotline 2019-2021 strategic plan. This is a new position on a growing development team. 




All work is informed by, and conducted through adherence to, the values of The Hotline:

  • Integrity: We conduct every aspect of our work to the highest ethical standards and hold ourselves accountable to them. We value transparency and staunchly safeguard the confidentiality of those we serve.
  • Thought Leadership: We are committed to learning constantly, developing innovative practices and evolving strategies as necessary to achieve our mission and vision.
  • Excellence: We value performance and results. We aspire to be the best and to embrace the challenge to exceed expectations.
  • Collaboration: We work as a team within the organization and with a wide range of partners outside of it, in the belief that only through these partnerships will we achieve the broadest impact.
  • Social justice: We value diverse perspectives and strive to incorporate an anti-oppression lens in all aspects of our work.
  • Caring: We conduct our work with compassion and in the spirit of inclusion, and we meet all individuals with respect and without judgment.
  • Survivor-centered: Our work begins and ends with the interests of survivors of relationship abuse in mind.




$58,000 - $65,000


Essential Responsibilities


  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant
  • Proposals/applications to government agencies, foundations and corporate funders.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations that align with the mission and values of The Hotline.
  • Research RFPs and application opportunities with government agencies that align with the services of The Hotline (FVPSA, HHS, OVC etc.)
  • Work with finance on necessary information, documentation and budgets for applications and reporting.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by nongovernment funders.
  • Grant coordination working with department leads to gather information, data and narrative that results in compelling applications and reporting with relevant deliverables.
  • Work with the CDMO on cultivation strategies for prospects and funders, prioritizing return on investment, mission alignment and likelihood of funding.
  • Work with the CDMO, program staff and Compliance on funder tours and site visits.
  • Establish and maintain personal contact, as appropriate, with foundation contacts and program officers.
  • Ensure prompt acknowledgement of foundation gifts and formulate meaningful recognition.
  • Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
  • Maintain electronic files for all grants in Raiser's Edge.

Knowledge and Skills


  • A clear commitment to the work and mission of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • Strong written and communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Raiser's Edge highly desirable.
  • A proven knowledge of "best practices" in the grant writing/fundraising field.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments.
  • Candidates must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly organized
  • Must have a solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants.
  • Member of Grant Professionals Association preferred.


This description only includes essential functions of the job and does not imply that these are the only duties required by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instruction and perform any other job-related duties requested by management.


  • Bachelor's degree in English, Business or other related field, and
  • 2 years' experience with grant writing,
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have led, or worked on, a successful competitive federal application within the last five years.


Working Conditions

  • This position is based in Austin, Texas and may work remotely 1-2 days per week.
  • Prolonged sitting or standing using keyboard, phone and computer.
  • Must have emotional and physical stamina to deal with a variety of stressful situations'including responses to complaints and internal and external interactions'to effectively work long, and at times odd, hours.
  • Work in a normal office environment with minimum exposure to dust, noise or temperature extremes.
  • Requires bending, stooping, lifting and carrying objects up to 25 pounds, with or without accommodations.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and minimum level of work being performed.  These statements are not intended to be construed as exhaustive of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.  The employee will be required to perform any other job-related duties as required by the job objectives, the leadership and mission and values of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.  This description does not modify any employee's at-will-status and is not a contract for continued employment of any duration.


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