Grant Writer & Development Officer

For over 30 years, Aunt Leah’s Place has helped prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and mothers in need from losing custody of their children throughout Metro Vancouver.  To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, we provide supported housing, job training and coaching on essential life skills.

We work proactively at the ‘entry’ and ‘exit’ points of the foster care system, helping low-income families maintain custody of their children and for foster youth readying to ‘age out’ with supports similar to what modern parents do for their own adult children in transition.

Job Summary:

Work collaboratively with our Development team and other departments to identify impactful granting opportunities, manage relationships with grantees, and develop a solid pipeline of grant applications for the society. Write, research, and manage a diverse portfolio of funding applications and proposals that successfully support the vital work that changes the lives of youth aging out of care. 

 Reports to:  Director of Development


  • Relevant experience in the non-profit sector.
  • 2-3 years’ work experience, with demonstrable expertise that contributes to aspects of the Grant Writer’s role
  • A diploma, degree and/or experience showing strong writing, argumentation, quantitative skills, and critical thinking skills.
  • Member of AFP or CFRE Certification is an asset


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficient knowledge and experience in Donor Centred Fundraising
  • Knowledge of development/fundraising concepts
  • Experience working for a charity/non-profit organization considered an asset
  • Empathy and compassion toward people with barriers
  • Ability to create budgets and read financial statements
  • Expertise in culture, community outreach, and not for profit – considered a strong asset
  • Proven interest in multiculturalism, social inclusion and cultural programming including higher education
  • Experience in Project Management
  • Demonstrated ability to be organized and prioritize to meet multiple deadlines
  • Competent computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Highly creative and passionate in pursuit of implementing and using new ideas to help solve difficult social problems
  • Strong coordination, organization, planning, and administrative skills with strong attention to detail
  • Understanding of donation management best practice including CRA guidelines
  • Highly motivated self-starter who can work independently and adapt to a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and tight deadlines
  • Strong team player and relationship builder who can foster collaboration
  • Ability to give and take constructive feedback
  • Intellectual curiosity and desire to learn
  • Excellent judgment, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to respect tight deadlines and work extended hours, as needed
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment



  • Criminal Record Check
  • Adherence to the Aunt Leah’s Code of Ethics
  • Follows Aunt Leah’s Practice Guidelines


Key Duties and Responsibilities


  • Ensures that fundraising projects meet dead-lines and required reporting is provided in a timely manner.

Grant Writing:

  • Developing and writing of funding and grant proposals for different foundations and other grant-making organizations that persuasively communicate the organization’s mission, programs and impacts.
  • Assembling and submitting funding and grant requests, including proposals, letters of support, budgets and other supplementary documentation.
  • Maintaining a funding calendar and ensure timely creation and submission of letters of inquiry, proposals and reports;
  • Conducting prospect research; Communications
  • Assist in the curation of various communication materials, including seasonal mail-outs, media releases, e-newsletters, etc.
  • Must be capable of maintaining confidentiality, with a high level of accuracy regarding information. Support and lead specific aspects of the research, writing and reporting re: grant applications
  • Collaborate on the development of a refreshed annual communication plan that aligns with and advances the strategic plan
  • Prioritizing tasks to keep multiple initiatives moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals
  • Perform research on various projects to prepare projections for revenue.
  • Maintain an effective network of all community organization to provide support to all development activities
  • Perform regular research on all public and private foundations
  • Develop and maintain professional relationship with all donors and perform require research on same and maintain an effective portfolio for all donors and ensure optimal usage of all fundraising software and monitor gift cycle for all development activities.
  • Assist to promote agency to various prospective and existing donors and prepare effective programs and strategies to identify all fundraising activities
  • Tracking prospects, leads, submissions, eligibility, deadlines and guidelines;
  • Developing efficient, effective and appropriate procedures and strategies;
  • Assisting in the organization of fundraising events, including but not limited to, logistical administration tasks, sponsorship coordination, event coordination, financial processing, and other related tasks as requested;
  • Following the fundraising and communications plans that support the strategic plan of the Society
  • Able to cultivate and grow funding relationships through thank you follow up communications and donor engagement opportunities
  • Contributing to an environment of collaboration, respect and teamwork
  • Representing the Society in a professional and ethical manner to ensure that the reputation of the Society is maintained and enhanced


Outcomes Management

  • Works with Programming Staff to ensure the delivery of required reporting outcomes.
  • Tracking, recording and formatting of program outcomes, and data entry
  • Participates as a member of Aunt Leah’s Development Team
  • Attends Staff development and participates in training as requested


Social Enterprise (Aunt Leah’s Thrift):

  • Works in collaboration with the Development Team to seek out sponsorship opportunities.


Physical Demands

  • Work performed in an office environment
  • May be required to attend off-site training on occasion


Hours of Work:

Full time permanent (7.5 hours a day, 37.5 hours a week) with some flexibility.


We offer:

A comprehensive benefit package after 6 months of continuous employment that includes: dental, extended health care including vision care and prescription, RRSP after 1 year, personal time package, and employee discount at our Thrift Store.



Commensurate with qualifications.


How to apply:

If you meet the qualifications listed, and wish to work in a collaborative and supportive environment that offers ongoing professional development opportunities, please email your resume with a cover letter to: You may also apply on our website at . Short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.  We thank all interested applicants in advance.



What We Believe

Our Values

  • 01
    All behaviour has meaning and is the human tool for communication.
  • 02
    Success is fragile and must be tended to and supported with care.
  • 03
    An individual’s artistic/soulful centre must be expressed and appreciated.
  • 04
    Celebration is essential to a successful life.
  • 05
    Community building ensures that we all have a place to go when we need support.
  • 06
    Entrepreneurial spirit builds individuals and organizations.

Why Join Us

  • You’ll tackle unique challenges - Not two days are the same and each participant has their unique story but you have what it gets and will be given the support and resources to do the best. You’ll play a role in creating a future that otherwise wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our team's entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
  • Your professional development matters - Constant learning is essential and we also like to learn together. Once a month, we all get together to participate in meaningful workshops and discussions that enhance our ability to serve our participants and our community in a better way. We also invest in your individual education and training.
  • You will be part of one of the Top 10 Impact Charities in Canada - Aunt Leah's Place has been selected as a top 10 Impact Charity, by Charity Intelligence for three years in a row. We are the only one in B.C. with this designation.
  • You will feel like you are working with family - Our participants and staff frequently comment that Aunt Leah's feels like a family. We embrace individuality, diversity, and care for each other.
  • You’ll become part of a greater mission - The overrepresentation of BIPOC people in the child-welfare system in Canada is a result of years of colonial practices. We are on a mission to change the system and reduce the number of kids who enter the foster care system. Aunt Leah's uses research, data, and stories of lived experiences to understand the challenges before us. We advocate and partner with other root grass organizations to build innovative solutions, raise awareness, and drive much needed systemic changes.
  • We've got great leaders - Our leadership team rolls their sleeves up,  lead by example, openly recognize individual contributions and fully understand that we are humans with unique strengths and challenges. Their combined experience, sense of humour, and development skills, make it really easy to get up and go to work every day.

What We Offer

Besides a great workplace culture, we offer a generous benefits package (Dental and Extended Health Care), RRSP matching program, a generous vacation, and personal time package and employee discounts at our Thrift Store.

Every dollar counts

Your support helps kids in foster care and young mothers
achieve a better future.