Pend Oreille Country is located in North Eastern Washington, on the boarder of Northern Idaho and Canada, with Newport, Washington being the County seat. We are just miles from major cities such as Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We offer rural living, fantastic recreational opportunities, and beautiful scenery! In short, Pend Oreille County is a great place to live, work, and play.

 Grant Writer Job Description 

Salary Range: $4,737.37 – $5,645.69

Hiring Salary Range: $4,737.37 – $5,020.99 per month DOE

Benefits, which include: Eligibility for health, HRA Veba, Health Saving Account, voluntary dental, and vision coverage, PERS retirement plan options, subject to plan terms. Eligibility for company-paid benefits such as life insurance, short and long-term disability, subject to applicable waiting periods. 37.5 hour work week, 11 County paid holidays. 2 Floating holidays each year, vacation and sick leave accrued from first day of employment,  Paid twice per month on the 10th and the 25th of each month.


Draft and submit grant applications, and/or provide grant research and application review. Performs high-level professional work related to grant seeking, grant administration, and coordinating grant management activities on a County wide basis. Grant seeking and administration may include any or all of the following: research and identify grant funding opportunities and grant funding need, research and develop grant-funding sources, federal, state, private, and other sources. This position coordinates closely with various departments to help fund their priority projects and will work on a variety of deadline-oriented projects. This position will maintain centralized reports of County wide grant activities.  This position will be a 2 year contract position subject to be being extended by the Board of County Commissioners.


Supervision is not a routine responsibility of this position.  Work is performed independently under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners.


  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written
  • Excellent technical and grammatical writing skills
  • Detail oriented and creative problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Track record of successful grant application and demonstrated grant writing experience
  • Proactively seek grant opportunities for County departments and programs.
  • Develop and implement grant writing program parameters for County departments and boards
  • Identify and utilize funding resources, grant databases, and other sources to provide relevant information about grant opportunities.
  • Grow and maintain relationships with variety of local, state, and federal funding agencies
  • Disseminate grant opportunities to appropriate departments and boards
  • Provide grant review and editing technical assistance to departments and boards
  • Compile and share spreadsheet of potential available grants in conjunction with County departments and boards
  • Evaluate projects and their readiness for funding and determine timeline and sources.
  • Work well in team environment, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Monitor and meet income goals


Knowledge of:

  • Grant resources and knowledge or Pend Oreille County and surroundings
  • procurement regulations and requirements pertaining to grants and use of federal and state laws
  • Federal and State grant funding agencies, regulations, and requirements related to management and compliance expectations.
  • Federal and State funding cycles and processes pertaining to funding uses timelines and availability.
  • Principles of public administration and management
  • General accounting practices and procedures; governmental accounting practices’ contract and grant budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Grant development, writing techniques, and requirements.
  • Construction project management and applicable laws
  • Computer and standard office equipment

Ability to:

  • Work independently, relied on to carry out regular work assignments
  • Make public presentations
  • Effective communication with internal and external stakeholders. Express thoughts clearly and concisely in writing and verbally
  • Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates
  • Manage time effectively, work within proper time frames
  • Be flexible, to meet changing needs
  • Follow County policies and procedures


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications or related area preferred
  • 2 years’ experience in grant writing required


  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must successfully pass a background and driving record check


Office work environment. Expect periods of sitting and standing.  Hand-eye coordination and fine manipulation skills are necessary to operate computers and various office machines. This position requires good communication skills,  handling and lifting of up to 30 pounds. Regular and punctual attendance is required.  Because of the nature of this position, duties must be performed during regular hours within the department (no telecommuting).