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The American Red Cross is currently seeking a Grants Specialist with strong proposal writing skills to support the Indiana fundraising team. This is an hourly/non-exempt position and a hybrid work position that will work from home and in the office as needed.


This position will be responsible for written communication to donors, including: grant proposals, stewardship reports and informational updates – as well as donor cultivation event support, donor recognition activities and volunteer management.

This position will report to the Regional Chief Development Officer. Proposal or writing samples will be asked during the interview process.


  • Works closely with colleagues across departments to ensure that the organization takes full advantage of programmatic funding opportunities.
  • Maintains grant proposals and reporting calendar. Personally responsible for researching and writing grant proposals and reports.
  • Oversees and maintains federated giving from United Ways and other organizations.
  • Conducts in-depth analysis and exploration in order to advise others regarding which foundations, agencies or corporations would be suitable to approach for the organization’s funding needs.
  • Creates guidance, tools and resources to deepen and grow relationships with our donors.
  • Gathers and analyzes all information required for donor communications including service deliver statistics, financial information, impact stories and community profiles. Conducts regular trend analysis and shared pertinent data with relevant stakeholders.
  • Creates donor stewardship reports and authors a variety of donor communications.
  • Develops and implements strategic processes with a continuous improvement mindset, focused on enhancing department-wide donor cultivation and stewardship practices.
  • Oversees benefit fulfillment for all donor recognition programs and fundraising events.
  • Interviews, supervises, and engages stewardship volunteers.
  • Fulfills critical communications and stewardship functions during times of episodic disaster. Supports the team as needed in implementing our Disaster Fundraising Action Plan. 


  • Associate degree or equivalent required with a minimum of 7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and related experience required. The combination of candidate’s education and general experience satisfies requirements so long as the total years equate to description’s minimum education and general experience years combined.
  • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.  
  • Knowledge of office systems: MS Office preferred and fundraising database systems (e.g., Raiser’s Edge,  
  • Travel: May travel and participate in meetings and conferences throughout chapter jurisdiction, state and Red Cross system.
  • Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The work environment will consist of moderate noise (business office with computers, phones and printers, traffic light). The employee must have the ability and have the ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.


Experience writing and managing the grant proposal process.  


We take care of you, while you take care of others. As a mission-based organization, we believe our team needs great support to do great work. Our comprehensive benefits help you in balancing home and work. With our resources and perks, you have amazing possibilities at the American Red Cross to advance the learn.

  • Medical, Dental Vision plans 
  • Health Spending Accounts & Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • PTO:  Starting at 15 days a year; based on FLSA status and tenure 
  • Holidays:  11 paid holidays comprised of six core holidays and five floating holidays 
  • 401K with 5% match 
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Employee Assistance  
  • Disability and Insurance: Short + Long Term 
  • Service Awards and recognition 


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