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POSITION: Grant Writer

Hours:  Full time 40 hours/week

Posting Dates:  August 3, 2017 Accepting applications until position is filled.

Summary of Position:

Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Grant Writer/Communications Specialist will research grant opportunities that match the goals and objectives of KPTS Channel 8. The Grant Writer will gather information from various departments and coordinate, write and submit grant proposals to various funding entities including local, state, and federal government funders, as well as various corporations and foundations that supply grant dollars. Once a grant is awarded, the Grant Writer will also monitor grant status and perform analytical work in writing, maintaining, reviewing and coordinating grant-administration.


This position requires walking, sitting, bending, stooping, and stretching. It requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment. It requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare and communicate appropriate forms and reports as needed.

Functions of the Position:

  • The primary focus of this position is to research, identify and submit grant proposals (local government, state government, national government, PBS and other foundations) as appropriate.  During this process, the person will gather information from various KPTS departments that will help in the grant writing process. 
  • Establish timelines to complete the collection of relevant data/information for proposal content, internal routing and approvals, and submission to funding sources
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of research activities, funding logs and reporting deadlines, grant funding resource materials and publications
  • Monitor program compliance for continuity as related to contract/grant administration.
  • Contribute to department goals by accomplishing related duties as required
  • Follow up through telephone and e-mail on grant requests, or when appropriate through personal contact
  • Meet deadlines
  • Know basic arithmetic
  • Other duties as assigned, including crafting proposals to individuals when required


  • 1-3 years of experience in grant writing, message development, communications plan development and project planning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of communication practices and techniques, including developing communications for diverse audiences
  • Ability to research potential sources of foundation and grant support from local, state, federal, national and corporate funding sources
  • Ability to work on a broad range of grant proposals, multi-task, meet deadlines under pressure and work independently
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Self-starter with attention to detail and time management skills

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Communications, English, or related field  
  • 1 to 3 years of grant writing experience is preferred
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to write clear, structured, articulate and
    persuasive proposals
  • Basic understanding of fundraising techniques and strategies
  • Knowledge of research techniques
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel
  • Attention to detail, strong organizational skills and excellent editing skills
  • Ability to prioritize work appropriately, work independently but also take direction when necessary and meet deadlines
  • Possess integrity and demonstrate professionalism
  • Have a valid Driver’s License and ability to drive

Salary: negotiable

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references via email to: JobSearch@kpts.org or fax to 316-838-8586 or mail to Phil Richardson, Director of Development, 320 W 21st Street North, Wichita, KS 67203.  No phone calls please.


KPTS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, natural origin, physical or mental handicap, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship, veteran status, or age.  Discriminatory employment is specifically prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission.

KPTS is community-licensed and affiliated with Public Broadcast System (PBS) and operates as a non-profit public media entity.




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