Grant Writer

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Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is Michigan’s largest and most watched television station serving Southeastern Michigan, and serves the most diverse public television audience in the country. DPTV is also the state’s only community-licensed station, meaning it operates independent of any educational, government or other institution. Its funding comes from the community it serves.

Each week more than two million people watch our four broadcast channels, and nearly 200,000 people listen to our radio station, WRCJ 90.9 FM for classical days and jazzy nights. In addition, DPTV is building the next generation of public media with our rapidly growing digital presence which has grown to reach more than half a million unique visitors through our website, YouTube channels, and social media platforms each month.

Our core values: excellence, innovation, trust, diversity, engagement and financial sustainability are evident in everything we do. From the engaging content we provide, to the way we work with viewers, supporters, board members and employees, to the local events we host, DPTV connects with thousands of our fellow community members each year.

Does the idea of joining our team of dedicated professionals with different backgrounds and experiences excite you? If so, we invite you to join us in our mission to educate, engage, entertain and inspire through the power of public media.

The Opportunity

We are actively pursuing a dynamic and diverse team member to join us in the role of Grant Writer in Wixom, MI.

The Grant Writer is responsible for securing private support for Detroit Public Television by conducting the full range of activities required to obtain grants, including: researching prospective funders, matching funder mission to DPTV projects and activities, preparing timely proposals, grants management and administration, and final reporting.

Essential Functions

  • Participate in the development of strategies for grants from foundations, government entities, corporate foundations and charitable giving programs.
  • Research philanthropic foundation giving opportunities aligned with DPTV & WRCJ annual support, key initiatives, projects; streamline and accelerate the funding process from the idea stage to full funding.
  • Gather information on specific programs requiring funding. Align projects with funder interests and grant requirements.
  • Coordinate the development of grant requests by establishing timelines and facilitating agreement regarding content and budgets with other departments. Manage calendar and timely submission of grant applications, reports, contracts, and other documents.
  • Maintain a system for tracking all grant submissions, reporting deadlines, and renewal due dates.
  • Compile, write and edit quality grant applications/proposals.
  • Participate in completion of large grant applications/proposals.
  • Create letters of intent, follow-up letters, reports, proof of performance documents and related documents to
    meet funder needs, including interim and final grant reports meeting funder requirements.
  • Monitor grant activities to ensure deliverables met, outcomes measured, and impact indicators collected/reported.
  • Connect with community partners as required, draft letters of support, collect information from partners and provide information to partners.
  • Maintain centrally accessible records in electronic and paper files, including grant paperwork, communications, and research documents.
  • Work with Accounting Department and others to process all gifts, ensuring organized and timely entry of funder contract information and acknowledgements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Communicate clearly, accurately and effectively
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Strategic and creative thinker and collaborator
  • Attention to detail, organized
  • Ability to plan for, and work under pressure of deadlines
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word,
  • Excel and PowerPoint
  • Effective resource management


  • Bachelor Degree in business or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of experience writing grants
  • 2+ years of experience managing grants
  • 2+ years of experience in a role responsible for revenue generation
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals
  • Knowledge of Michigan and national foundations and corporations
  • Passion and enthusiasm for Detroit Public Television and its mission, vision, values and program/content areas
  • Nonprofit experience preferred
  • Experience in project design and assessment preferred
  • Knowledge of public media and/or other broadcast media preferred
  • Deep knowledge, appreciation and understanding of Detroit preferred

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What you’ll get

As part of the DPTV family, you will enjoy a complete package of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, 403(b) with employer match, HSA/FSA, life insurance, paid vacation days and paid holidays.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, our engaging and welcoming environment is a place where you can:

  • Experience the rewarding feeling of knowing you are a part of an organization committed to the greater good of the community.
  • Take a little time for fun and friendship. It’s not uncommon to catch people doing yoga together at lunch, conversing about their favorite part of a story during a book club meeting or enjoying a walk around the pond on a nice sunny day.
  • Continue to grow and learn through opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Share your input, knowing that your ideas are valued and always welcome.
  • Be yourself! We believe your uniqueness makes you an even greater asset to the team.

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
WTVS Detroit Public Television
1 Clover Court
Wixom, MI 48393-2247

*No telephone calls or third parties.Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

Posting Date: 11/20/2020

Detroit Educational Television Foundation, d/b/a Detroit Public Television and WRCJ 90.9 FM, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, marital status, military status, or protected veteran status. Employment decisions at Detroit Public Television will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.  The specific statements above are not intended to be all inclusive.

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