Communities In Schools of the Midlands is an equal opportunity employer.  We offer a competitive salary and benefit package. 

Development Assistant I: Grant Writer

The Grant Writer is a part time position that reports directly to the Director of Development and Community Relations Director. The Grant Writer will be responsible researching, writing and coordinating the grant application process; management of proposals and maintaining a donor database.

He/she will work strategically with other senior staff in the organization under the direction of the Development Director, to secure funding for operations and programs.

The Grant Writer plays a pivotal role in Communities In Schools of the Midlands’ funding strategy.

Hours: The Grant Writer will work 15 – 20 hours per week Monday through Friday; possible work from home arrangement.

Salary/Income: The Grant Writer is an hourly position. Hourly rate: $17- $20 per/hr.

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to:

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Write high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications, and supporting documents
  • Responsible for researching, collecting data, and writing of each grant
  • Work with department managers to compile financials and data
  • Manage the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials.
  • Develops and maintains a proposal calendar
  • Coordinate and follow-ups on the progress of submitted proposals
  • Assist Development Director in developing an annual grants strategy
  • Conduct prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants
  • Provides monthly written reports of grants identified and applied for funding.
  • Assist Development Director in monitoring the emerging needs and interests among key stakeholders such as United Way, Central Carolina Community Foundation, local and regional governments, and other stakeholders.
  • Represents CIS of the Midlands Director of Development and Community Relations at relevant events, engagements, conferences related to philanthropic partnerships and trainings, as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in research and grant writing; nonprofit experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposal.
  • Knowledge of foundations and corporations in the Midlands (Columbia, SC)
  • Detail-oriented, organized, deadline-driven
  • Clear, precise and compelling writing skills
  • Able to effectively communicate
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • High proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Office to include Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to understand the needs of both Communities In Schools of the Midlands and the Partnership Networks