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Job Description

Location: Seattle, Washington

Part-time hybrid employee (20 hours per week)

Refugee Artisan Initiative partners with refugee and immigrant women to foster an inclusive, prosperous transition to the United States through artisan skills training and microbusiness development.

Founded in 2017, Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI) has envisioned creating a welcoming global community that values and invests in refugee and immigrant women as they achieve healthy, stable, and fulfilling lives in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


RAI is a rapidly growing organization and has an extremely exciting opportunity for the right development professional. Revenue from fundraising grew 160% in 2021 and we will experience similar growth in 2022. The Development Director is expanding our current fundraising team that will be responsible for $2M-$5M in funding annually. The Grant Writer/Development Associate will be primarily responsible for raising funds through grant writing and lead grant management for RAI. This position will be responsible for researching foundation and corporate grants; cultivating relationships with donors; writing content, editing, and formatting proposals; and stewardship. The ideal candidate is an experienced and detail-oriented individual with strong writing skills and a successful track record in grant writing and reporting. In addition to grant writing, the individual will assist the Development Director with other fundraising tasks, including individual donor prospecting, campaigns (included a $2.5M capital campaign), and membership. The Grant Writer/Development Associate reports directly to the Development Director and works collaboratively with the organizational volunteer leadership and team.



  • Study and understand the history, structure, objectives, programs and financial needs of RAI.
  • Research grant opportunities from government agencies, corporations, and individuals.
  • Draft grant proposals and supporting documents based on the funding requirements of the organization.
  • Submit proposals for approval.
  • Respond to internal and external queries on drafted and submitted proposals.
  • Maintain positive relationships with fund providers and other stakeholders.
  • Track metrics and outcomes and submit grant reports.
  • Maintain records and submit reports related to grant opportunities.


  • Assist with individual donor prospecting and campaigns, especially the capital campaign.
  • Support RAI fundraising events through training, administrative support, and day-of-event oversight (occasional evening/weekend support required).
  • Assist in implementing the goals of RAI’s capital campaign.
  • Appropriately steward all gifts, including thank you correspondence, events, and listing of donors in publications and websites.
  • Work with the communications team to utilize social media to increase funder visibility and promote programs and events.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • 2+ years of professional fundraising experience with grant writing with a proven track record of success.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of proposal submission and fundraising process.
  • Ability to study and understand programs and funding requirements of the organization.
  • Strong research skills and knowledge of information sources.
  • Multitasking, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential matters with utmost integrity.
  • Must be a self-starter and work independently while also being collaborative and a fantastic team player.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and prioritize tasks as needed.
  • Ability to thrive in a changing environment and to remain flexible and adaptive.
  • Proficient computer skills in CRM/donor databases, Google Docs, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • High degree of ownership – able to proactively identify opportunities and propose solutions, willing to roll up sleeves and pitch in on a variety of tasks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, lift (overhead, waist-level) from the floor and walk up and downstairs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here represent those an employee may encounter while performing this job's essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Currently, this job operates in a hybrid environment. The Grant Writer/Development Associate will be required to travel to RAI in Lake City at least two days a week. All staff work in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The work environment's noise level varies depending on project production, meetings, and points of service in the community.

RAI values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, people of all ages, and veterans.

Job Type: Part-time


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Seattle, WA 98125: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location

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