Grant Writer

Job Title: Grant Writer
Department:  Planning & Economic Development
Reports to: Department Director
FLSA Status: Exempt Full Time
Opens: 4/26/23
Closes: Open until filled
Salary: From $65K; Negotiable DOQ



The Burns Paiute Tribe is a community of 210 people dedicated to the healthy development of our families. While maintaining the endurance of cultural values and the protection of our vital natural resources, community members enjoy a healthy lifestyle with opportunities for vocational and recreational activities. Tribal leadership is strong, fair and a great model for future generations of Burns Paiute leaders. The Burns Paiute Reservation is in rural eastern Oregon and is primarily comprised of the descendants of the Wadatika Band of Northern Paiutes. The traditional homelands of the Burns Paiute include 5,250 square miles of land in central-southeastern Oregon, Northern Nevada, northwestern California, and western Idaho. The Burns Paiute still maintains Aboriginal title to much of our Aboriginal territory. We are a relatively “young” community with over 50% of our population being under the age of eighteen.



The Grant Writer will serve as the primary grant writer for the Burns Paiute Tribe. Under the supervision of the Planning & Economic Development Director, the Grant Writer’s primary responsibilities include writing, preparation of proposals, and submission of grant applications. Additionally, they will work in a professional manner to research identify, develop, respond to, and assist in managing federal, state, public and private grant opportunities. The Grant Writer will manage confidential information and must exercise discretion in protecting and releasing information. This position directly impacts the quality of life of all Tribal residents by providing current and future financial resources to Tribal programs, projects, and infrastructure needs.



  • Study and understand the Burns Paiute history, structure, objectives, program and financial needs of the Tribe and the Tribal Strategic Plan.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county laws, regulations, and requirements in the administration of grants and grant agreements.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and private funding sources.
  • Meets with program Directors/staff to determine funding needs and departmental goals and explores potential funding opportunities.
  • Coordinate planning, organization, preparation, and administration of various grants.
  • Work with staff and the Tribal Grants Manager to ensure grant compliance.
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to the staff in the planning and preparation, policies, regulations, and procedures of grant proposals.
  • Research grant agency requirements and compiles and prepares comprehensive budget justifications and narratives.
  • Maintain open communication with funding agencies to keep updated on any programmatic changes and future opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain a library of reference documentations including information, such as: funding agency requirements and forms, abstracts, literature, budgets, resolution, and other pertinent information grant information.
  • Develop and manage a grants database to include prospective grantors, with deadlines and requirements, and grant application history including awarded, rejected, and declined grants.
  • Coordinate and follow-up on the progress of submitted proposals.
  • Maintain master calendar of grants and prospects.
  • Develop and maintain a master file on all pending grants and contracts that includes associated files and correspondence.
  • Research new funding and business development opportunities on a local, state, and federal level.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • All other duties as determined and assigned by the Department Director.



  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Creative Writing, Public Relations, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in grant writing and fundraising process.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with proposal submissions, reporting processes and administration of Public Law 93-638 contracts or compacts.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with, G5 and other grant web sites and software.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with general accounting and fund accounting.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county laws, regulations, and requirements in the administration of grants and grant agreements.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and private funding sources.
  • History of successful grant and contract compliance.
  • Ability to study and understand programs and funding requirements of the organization.
  • Ability to develop and produce grants and other proposals.
  • Strong research skills and knowledge of information sources.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both written and orally.
  • Multitasking, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage confidential matters with utmost integrity.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Physical ability to perform essential job functions including, but not limited to, sitting for extended periods of time, stranding, walking, stooping/bending, pushing/pulling (approximately 20 lbs.), lifting (approximately 30 lbs.), and climbing stairs.
  • Ability to develop and produce grants and other proposals.



  • Minimum of 4 years of experience with: combined contract administration of federal, state, and private granting agencies; proposal submissions and reporting processes; administration of Public Law 93-638 contracts or compacts;, G5 and other grant web sites and software; fund accounting, and general accounting.



Attendance and Dependability: The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work. Employees are dependable and will complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and are conscientious about assignments.

Communication and Contact: The employee communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Company.

Relationships with Others: The employee works effectively and relates well with others Including superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside the Company. The employee exhibits a professional manner in dealing with others and works, to maintain constructive working relationships.



Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of Indian applications meeting the qualifications as listed above, all applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian Preference, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, political preference, age, religion, or national origin.



  • Submit to, and pass, a drug test.
  • Agree to a criminal background check.
  • Sign confidentiality clause
  • Be insurable to operate tribal vehicles (3-year clean driving record)
  • Valid Oregon Driver’s License or ability to obtain driver’s license.


Return completed Burns Paiute Tribe Application, Cover Letter, Resume, College Transcripts, & Certifications to:

[email protected]

Human Resource Department
Burns Paiute Tribe
100 Pasigo Street
Burns, OR 97720