Harrisburg, PA, USA
Central PA Food Bank

Come Work for a Wonderful Non-Profit Company in Central Pennsylvania!

We are looking for an experienced full-time Grant Writer, Harrisburg/Williamsport, PA, to work with Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB) to identify and develop funding sources and write grants to support existing and planned program activities through prospect research, cross-departmental collaboration, and grant proposal submission.  The position is also responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on the performance of program activities as they relate to funded grants.  Further, special and one-time projects are conducted based on need of the organization or as directed.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

Hunger disproportionately harms neighbors and communities that have been systemically marginalized. As we work toward a future where no one in central Pennsylvania lives with hunger, we must also work against racism and other systemic obstacles that prevent people from thriving. We will listen to and learn from members of historically under-represented groups. We will value their lived expertise and experiences as we shape our charitable food network to equitably meet the needs of our neighbors. We will ensure that our diverse community is reflected in our board of directors, management, staff, volunteers, partner organizations, and donors in a manner that upholds equity, inclusion, and belonging.


·         Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance

·         Health Savings Account/ Flexible Spending Account

·         Company Paid Life Insurance

·         Company Paid Short-term Disability & Long-term Disability

·         401k

·         Paid Time Off

·         13 Paid Holidays

·         Employee Assistance Program

Job Accountabilities

·         Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to local, state, and federal entities and corporate and foundation sources.

·         Expand grant team portfolio by conducting prospect research to identify, cultivate, and solicit grant funders.

·         In coordination with the Grants Coordinator develop an annual grants strategy.

·         Work collaboratively with internal Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB) staff to craft proposals that align with CPFB’s programmatic and strategic direction, including funding for Bold Goal Grants for partner agencies as appropriate.  Gather information necessary to satisfy grant requirements and report to funders on current grant programs.

·         Develop and maintain a grant proposal and reporting calendar.  Ensure that all application and reporting deadlines are met.

·         Build a relationship with grant funders. Provide stewardship and regular updates as appropriate. Represent CPFB at events hosted by grant funders in the Northern Tier.

·         Understand institutional history and programs.

·         Maintain current records in donor database, including grant tracking and reporting.

·         Ensure grant funders are publicly recognized as appropriate.

·         Remain current on grant writing initiatives and best practices through independent study, participation in seminars, workshops and courses.  

·         Assist with other fundraising projects, as requested.

·         Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.

Other Duties:

·         In instances of a federal, state or locally declared emergency, CPFB is typically considered an essential service and emergency responder; all employees may be called in to perform regular or emergent duties.

·         This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and Experience:


·         Bachelor’s degree in related discipline preferred or equivalent years of experience and education.


·         Additional years of experience combined with an Associate’s degree would be considered in lieu of having a Bachelor’s degree.

·         Minimum of one-year professional experience with grant writing, grant management, and research. 

·         Previous experience with non-profit fundraising and program development.

·         Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.

·         Experience working in deadline-driven environments.

·         Proven track record of success in securing grant funding and developing partnerships with grant funders a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Passionate about working for an organization that values and promotes equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB).  Willing to embrace the food bank’s EDIB journey.

·         Passion for the CPFBs mission and core values.

·         Ability to understand and work with the diverse dynamics of a non-profit as well as multi-cultural populations.

·         Ability to work as part of a high-performance team and be a strong team player.

·         Passion for customer service excellence (internal and external), professional etiquette, personal boundaries, and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

·         Must be friendly, outgoing, positive attitude and comfortable speaking to people.

·         Must have professional demeanor with the ability to work cooperatively across all levels of the organization.

·         Must be detail oriented with the ability to work independently, plan, prioritize, take initiative, resolve problems, meet deadlines and multi-task.

·         Must be reliable with high integrity and strong work ethic.

·         Exhibit strong verbal, written, analytical, presentation, planning, time management and organizational skills. Ability to write, edit and proofread correspondence and materials for accuracy and style.

·         Exhibit strong interpersonal, problem solving, team building, program management and administrative skills.

·         Must be positive, cooperative, honest, and dependable.

·         Possess high level of integrity; able to handle information in an appropriate, confidential, and helpful manner.

·         Must be able to write and manage a grant from start to finish (i.e., exceptional research, analytical, writing, editing, and proofreading skills.) 

·         Ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.

·         Knowledge of Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) Tax Credits administered by the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCEC) a plus.

·         Knowledge of and experience with donor data management systems and generating ongoing reports; experience with Raiser’s Edge or Grant Navigator also a plus.

·         Strong project management and research skills, with the ability to prioritize and get things done on schedule.

·         Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.

·         Flexibility and ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks, produce accurate work, and meet tight deadlines.  

·         Knowledge of fundraising information sources.

·         Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and relationship building strategies.

·         Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.

·         Able to monitor and meet income goals.

·         Ability to attend departmental and all-staff meetings as directed, staying informed of ongoing changes in department and overall organization.

·         Knowledge of organization’s computer software and systems, including Microsoft Office Suite, department-specific software systems, telecommunications, and internet applications.

·         Ability to operate standard office equipment (machines, tools, and devices) used in performing only the essential function include computer and related equipment, typewriter, calculator, photocopier, fax machine, and telephone.

Physical Requirements or Licenses:

·         The position has the ability to work remote, in-office or hybrid at the discretion of the SVP/Chief Development Officer or based on the needs of the organization.  The nature of this position will require periodic onsite work at the office location and must be able to travel within CPFB’s 27 county region.

·         A valid driver’s license with history of a good driving record.  

·         Ability to travel that may include consecutive overnight stays, and traveling by car, bus, and airplane.

·         Conditions may include working closely with others, working alone, and working protracted or irregular hours.

·         Must be able to occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.

·         The work environment is typically quiet.

The selected applicant will join a collaborative, values-driven, dynamic team that derives joy from the work and is passionate about resourcing the work to end hunger and its root causes. 

The Food Bank’s work culture is progressive, forward thinking, and equity minded.  Staff have the opportunity to fully develop their potential in a variety of ways.  As organizational leaders, in shaping programs and advocacy efforts and in working towards a future where no one should be hungry.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by March 15, 2024 to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Department of Human Resources, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109, or email hrdepartment@centralpafoodbank.org.  

We are proud to be an equal-opportunity employer and seek to bring our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion to our hiring process.  Beyond our commitment to non-discrimination, we encourage applications from applicants who can contribute to the diversity of our organization and who have lived experience of inequity.