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Grants Writer

Posted May 6 2022

PENDLE HILL is a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center that seeks to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives through learning opportunities, retreat, and community created on our beautiful 24-acre campus in unceded Lenni-Lenape territory and in virtual settings. At Pendle Hill we commit to being a living testimony to a social order that manifests God’s love for everyone. We work to be inclusive, respectful, and supportive of all people. We strive courageously for peace and justice.

This is a highly collaborative staff community featuring responsive leadership and partial work-from-home arrangements for office-based employees. Community-building among staff is highly prized with monthly fun activities as part of staff meeting and two longer staff retreat days a year for fun, growth, and connection among all staff. The monthly community work morning provides variety with the opportunity to lend a hand on another team’s project or lead one for staff in your own work area. Learn more about Pendle Hill at

POSITION SUMMARY: The Grants Writer is primarily responsible for identifying and securing grant resources (from foundations and other grant-making entities). This is an exciting position, with the opportunity to grow a foundation program and gain broad experience in the fundraising profession. Key to success in this role is developing and writing grant proposals, relationship building with foundations, persuasively communicating Pendle Hill’s mission and vision to well-matched funders, and stewarding related plans, records, and communications.

REPORTS TO: Director of Advancement

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Grant Writer maintains a combined portfolio and prospect list of 80-100 foundations and grantmaking organizations using research to expand prospects as needed and stewarding relationships with priority organizations. Seeking to submit 30-40 grants annually, the Grant Writer manages the advance work required for many applications, like letters of inquiry, proposals, budgets and presentation, as well as reporting on use of grants received. As a member of the Advancement team, the Grant Writer contributes to general file maintenance and to the gift processing and donor acknowledgement process as needed. For more detailed duties and responsibilities, please review the full job description.


  • Demonstrated ability in clear, persuasive writing.
  • Exceptional analytical and research
  • Strong relationship management and presentation
  • Demonstrated ability handling diverse tasks, and accurately and efficiently handling numerous
  • Strong inter-cultural competency skills, and ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • A Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work-related experience.


  • Experience writing funding proposals.
  • Proficiency with fundraising computer programs like The Foundation Directory, and Raiser’s Edge (or similar) databases.
  • Passion about Pendle Hill’s mission and firsthand experience with Quaker faith and practice.
  • Familiarity with the current Philadelphia-region and national philanthropic culture, and the agencies/influencers that support organizations like Pendle


  • A highly welcoming attitude and willingness to provide hospitality for members of, and visitors to, the Pendle Hill community. Openness to a wide range of spiritual beliefs and experiences, cultural backgrounds and practices, and differences (of all kinds).
  • Familiarity with Quaker faith and practices, and a commitment to learning more and/or a willingness to gain, deepen, and nurture such knowledge.
  • Appreciation of the role of Quakerism in the mission of Pendle Hill. Please see our mission, vision, and values statements as part of familiarizing yourself with Pendle Hill.

TIME EXPECTATIONS: This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Out of respect for work-life balance, “full-time” at Pendle Hill is 37.5 hours per week, with 7.5-hour typical workdays. Full-time staff at Pendle Hill spend a few work hours each week contributing to the community through meal time, housekeeping, or maintenance work.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: $45,000-$50,000 yearly salary plus benefits including: medical, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, generous paid vacation days (20), sick days (15), and holidays (11), and the opportunity to take Pendle Hill courses for free. Additional benefits include one meal a day from the Pendle Hill Kitchen (free to staff except for the tax), a 20% employee discount at the Pendle Hill Bookstore, free copies of all Pendle Hill pamphlets upon publication, a beautiful campus with walking trails and fellowship with people from around the world. Full time staff are eligible for competitively priced on-campus housing (depending on availability, and at Pendle Hill’s discretion).

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: Pendle Hill appoints individuals without discrimination based on color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, class, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, ability, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, religious affiliation, or any other category protected by law. Pendle Hill recognizes that some of these categories are social constructs, not rooted in science. Our aim is to be inclusive and affirming.

Pendle Hill staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except for those who cannot receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons.

Pendle Hill is not able to sponsor a work visa for international applicants at this time.

BACKGROUND CHECKS: Pendle Hill will conduct a background check for all candidates prior to hire.

INTERESTED? Please submit the following items to Hannah Mayer at with “Grants Writer” and your last name in the email subject line:

  1. a current resume,
  2. a cover letter that includes how you heard about the position, why you want to be considered and your qualifications (applications received without a cover letter will not be considered),
  3. a writing sample,
  4. and contact information for three references, at least two of whom are professional references.

Review of applications will begin on May 27, 2022 and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated start day in June or early July.