Grant Writer (P-T or Contract)

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Position: Grant Writer

Pioneer Institute is seeking a part-time or contract grant writer to compose high-quality, compelling grant applications to state-based and national foundations to increase the Institute’s revenue.

Pioneer is an independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization that relies solely on the support of individual, corporate, and foundation donors. As part of a five-year strategic planning effort, the Institute is looking to double its foundation-based revenue by employing a grant writer to increase its output of grant inquiries and applications, expand its pool of prospective foundations, assist with reporting, and maintain a detailed grant submission and outreach calendar.

The grant writer will work with and report directly to the Annual Fund Director, crafting standard and specific letters of inquiry, full proposals, budgets, interim and final grant reports, and other information required for foundation relations. The successful candidate will routinely collaborate with research staff to deepen their understanding of Pioneer’s mission and successfully communicate our objectives to foundations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Write and submit letters of inquiry, introductory emails, grant proposals, and grant reports;
  • Furnish current and prospective funders with supporting documents;
  • Research and identify prospective foundations that align with Pioneer’s work and mission;
  • Help ensure compliance with award requirements;
  • Keep an up-to-date calendar and track all grant submissions, foundation outreach, reports, collateral, notes, and deadlines;
  • Develop strong working relationships with Pioneer staff and collaborate with key stakeholders;
  • Maintain knowledge of Pioneer’s history and current programs.

About Pioneer

Pioneer Institute seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government. We achieve maximum impact by remaining laser-focused on our four policy areas: education, healthcare, transportation, and economic opportunity. We are a resource for legislators on Beacon Hill and staff in the State’s executive offices and attract more press than any other research institute in Massachusetts.

Please visit our website,, to learn more about our current initiatives.

Hours: This part-time or contract role requires approximately 15-20 hours per week, designated in our Boston office. The candidate must have a flexible schedule to accommodate foundation deadlines. This position could be remote for the right candidate.

Duration: One-year contract, with potential to renew.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of experience working in a nonprofit, grant writing, or a field with similar, transferable skills;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Experience meeting and exceeding deadlines;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once;
  • Superb organizational skills;
  • Ability to work with a team and independently with minimal supervision;
  • Understanding of and commitment to Pioneer’s mission.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Lauren Corvese, Annual Fund Director, at