Grant Writer

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Guided by an ethic of Vincentian personalism and professionalism, DePaul compassionately upholds the dignity of all members of its diverse, multi-faith, and inclusive community. We seek to hire collaborative, open-minded, and dedicated professionals who are committed to advancing our university mission to making education accessible to all, with special attention to including underserved and underrepresented communities. Successful candidates thrive in an environment where ideas and perspectives representing a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences are welcome and supported.

The Highlights
The Grant Writer will report to the Associate Provost for Research. The Grant Writer is responsible for authoring large institutional grant proposals of strategic importance to the institution to federal agencies, private foundations, and other grant-making organizations. The grant writer is integral to the successful expansion of DePaul's external grant portfolio totaling $32 million and select partnership initiatives.


Is This You?

  • The Grant Writer is responsible for researching and composing six- and seven-figure grant proposals of strategic importance to the institution, persuasively translating and communicating DePaul University's potential, mission and emerging project/program initiatives into competitive narratives for external funding.
  • The Grant Writer will perform various exploratory, information gathering and research functions to obtain factual information and data for large institutional proposals; this includes the ability to abstract research and data for inclusion in large institutional submissions. Throughout the life of a large institutional grant, the grant writer will document the grants' impact and draft reports for funders as required. Prepare executive talking points, presentations, and other written materials for funding agency visits and conference calls.
  • Assist the Associate Provost for Research in developing necessary working relationships with organization partners as well as in designing, promoting, and implementing comprehensive strategies for achieving success in securing funding.
  • Develop relationships with federal governmental officials, external program officers at private foundations or other grant-making organizations as well as internal stakeholders including Deans, Vice presidents, Department chairs, and Center directors.
  • Collaborate with the Pre-Award and Research Development Director and the Research and Innovation Strategies Director on outreach to teams of faculty and staff to promote, encourage, and support large collaborative proposal submissions and nurture strong partnerships. This position will serve as an expert resource on matters pertaining to grant writing within the Office of Research Services and will compile, compose and maintain supplemental materials for individual faculty proposal submissions including compelling statements of institutional facilities/resources/ capabilities, data management, broader impacts, and similar requirements. The Grant writer is responsible for staying current with journals and literature, and funding sources relevant to strategic topics of institutional interest.
  • The Grant Writer will teach, advise, and consult with faculty/staff to hone their grant writing and reporting technique and skills.
  • The Grant Writer will contribute to the development of brand management strategies and communications for research, creative activities, and innovation; the Grant Writer will also develop content for the Office of Research Services (ORS) newsletter and the university research magazine.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Your Education

  • Bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred), and excellent writing skills.

Other Skills & Abilities Required

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in successful grant writing as demonstrated through a portfolio of funded proposals.
  • Proven success in writing funded grant applications for federal agencies and managing and coordinating complex writing projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proposal submission and fundraising processes.
  • Demonstrated advanced writing skills and the ability to synthesize materials from multiple sources in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
  • Demonstrated skills to conduct advanced database search and conduct data analysis.
  • Mastery at extracting and abstracting compelling information from presentations, papers and research reports.
  • Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
  • Ability to study and understand programs and funding requirements of an organization.
  • Ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior faculty and administrators, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and Google Docs.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task, make decisions, be detail oriented and self-motivated, and work independently.
  • Ability to travel easily between the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses, as needed. Ability to work at a computer for long periods of time daily.

Additional Information
For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter.


  • Working for a stable and well-known University that values diversity and inclusion.
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Generous paid time off, sick time, holidays, floating holidays, and more!
  • Matching retirement plan up to 10%.
  • Tuition waivers for employees and dependents!
  • Full-Time Benefits
  • Part-Time Benefits

Required Background Check:
Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.

Required COVID-19 Vaccination:
Employment at DePaul University is contingent upon receiving all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster, or having a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. To request a religious or medical exemption, please email

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:
Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit the following pages:

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)
Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

Title IX Contact Information
Federal Title IX policy requires that all colleges and universities make known the contact information for the person responsible for coordinating its efforts to comply with Title IX responsibilities. The Title IX Office is on the Lincoln Park campus on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue. The Title IX Office can be reached at 312-362-8970 or

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.

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4-Year Degree


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