Job Description:

WMUK-FM seeks a Part-time Grants Manager to join our growth-oriented development team, supporting our strategic mission through targeted grant-funded revenue. 

Position Description

The Part-time Grants Manager is primarily responsible for researching grant opportunities based on needs identified by the Development Director, then crafting compelling grant inquiries and proposals to corporations, community foundations, governmental, and other philanthropic entities. Additionally, this position manages grant reporting in coordination with key staff. This is a part-time non-benefits eligible position. 

Station Overview

WMUK-FM is public radio from Western Michigan University and a founding NPR member station. We are the Kalamazoo-based NPR affiliate for the West Michigan region. Situated halfway between Detroit and Chicago, 102.1 FM is our flagship NPR News and Information service, broadcasting across West Michigan and Northern Indiana. Classical WMUK broadcasts 24/7 on 89.9 FM and the HD-2 channel of 102.1 FM.

Our mission is to share knowledge, explore ideas and tell compelling stories that engage listeners and communities across Western Michigan and beyond.  Our vision is to become the regional NPR station of choice for a growing community of public radio listeners and supporters.

Primary Duties

  • Research potential grant funding opportunities based on project needs identified by Development Director and General Manager.
  • Develop effective, coherent, and compelling grant materials, proposals, case statements, letters of inquiry, acknowledgment letters, progress reports and other corporate/foundation communication.
  • Guide and coordinates staff in crafting persuasive stories tied to achievable goals, metrics and strategies.
  • Write reports to comply with grant requirements. Maintain master files on grants. Monitor paperwork connected with grant-funded programs.
  • Participate in in-person, virtual, and phone meetings with funders. Complete grants recognition related requirements, as necessary.
  • May occasionally help with other development functions as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Associate degree or higher in related field from an accredited institution.
  • One (1) year experience as a professional grant-writer in a governmental, university or non-profit organization, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively identify grant funding opportunities from a variety of sources.
  • Proven experience and skill in writing and editing compelling proposals that meet the requirements of funders
  • Knowledge of grant reporting techniques and best practices.
  • Ability to work on several projects at once on tight deadlines, along with ability to work irregular shifts in order to meet grand submission and reporting deadlines
  • Familiarity with relational databases and experience with grant research tools

Desired Qualifications 

  • 3-5 years of professional experience as a grant-writer in a governmental, university or non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated success in the ability to procure and execute grants specifically for public media.
  • Grant Professional Certified (GPC) or similar grant writing certification.
  • Familiarity with and interest in National Public Radio and/or public broadcasting.

Reports to:         Kim Willis, Development Director, WMUK-FM

This is a part-time position that will consist of 20 hours of work per week at $27/hr., based on experience and applicable skills.  

Job Location: 
Kalamazoo, MI
United States
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Part time
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Position open until filled, first review: December 6, 2023. Western Michigan University is an AA/EO Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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