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Grant Director

Development | Hybrid in Pontiac, MI | Full Time | From $60,000.00 per year

Job Description

About Lighthouse

Lighthouse MI is a growing non-profit, established in 2019 when Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter joined forces to offer a stronger collective response to poverty in Metro Detroit. With over 80 years of combined experience, Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to our neighbors who need it most by offering assistance with emergency basic needs alongside housing programs and supportive services designed to support long-term economic stability. Lighthouse owns and operates Spero Housing Group, a subsidiary non-profit dedicated specifically to developing and operating high quality affordable and supportive housing for persons of low and moderate income, as well as HandUp, a community and crowdfunding platform serving 100+ homeless service agencies and their clients across the United States.

Position Summary

Lighthouse is seeking a highly-motivated and organized Grant Director to lead and implement the organization’s grant management strategy and process. This includes maintaining and strengthening relationships with current and future funders, conducting prospect research, gathering documentation, writing proposals, and completing grant reporting. This role would work collaboratively with internal departments and external partners and would need to maintain excellent communication and accurate tracking and reporting.

The Grant Director position is a full-time position. This position will report directly to the Chief Philanthropy Officer.


  • Oversee the development and implementation of grant-seeking strategies to secure funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations.

  • Lead the preparation and submission of grant proposals, ensuring compliance with funder guidelines and deadlines.

  • Manage the grants calendar to track proposal submissions, report due dates, and renewal opportunities.

  • Coordinate with finance and program departments to develop budgets and narrative reports that accurately reflect the organization’s needs and objectives.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with funders and potential donors through regular communication and updates on project progress and outcomes.

  • Gather accurate information on internal programs, collect research related to requests, and work collaboratively on setting goals and budgets for program requests.

  • Write and submit compelling Letters of Intent and grant proposals by funder deadlines, including writing and editing all narratives, data requests, budgets, and more.

  • Maintain existing grant relationships and work to steward new relationships within the funding community while ensuring that all funders are given accurate and timely updates.

  • Maintain accurate grant records in Lighthouse’s database, including grant submissions, budgets, signed agreements, reports, financial requirements, and other relevant documents.

  • Attend grant informational meetings and trainings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field or 5+ years experience

  • 5+ years of experience in grant writing and management

  • Collaborative and strategic individual with the ability to work across various departments to achieve unique yet interconnected goals

  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps

  • Demonstrated track record of grant management, writing and cultivation

  • Flexibility and the capacity to prioritize tasks in a rapidly changing environment

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks with attention to detail

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff and volunteers

  • Exceptional communication ability, both written and oral

  • Ability to build consensus and resolve conflict with internal and external partners

Preferred Qualifications

  • 6+ years’ experience in a role directly related to grant writing and management

  • An understanding of the social constructs impacting those experiencing economic instability

  • Experience or knowledge pertaining to affordable housing and food insecurity

  • Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge

  • Federal grant experience

  • Proven ability to work effectively with racially and ethnically diverse clients and teams

  • Exceptional communication ability, both written and oral.

  • Ability to listen and accept feedback constructively.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Physical Demands:

The incumbent typically works in an office environment and uses a computer, telephone and other office equipment as needed to perform duties. The noise level in the work environment is typical of that of an office. Incumbent may encounter frequent interruptions throughout the workday. The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motion, handle or feel, and to stand, walk, reach, bend or lift up to 20 pounds. Contact with the public in office environments may risk exposure to irrational/hostile behavior, contagious diseases, or contact with domestic animals. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.