Position Overview

You may have seen our dogs in your community with the bright yellow bibs with the word PADS. And if they look hard at work, they are.  PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society) has been changing lives, one dog at a time.  We are passionate advocates for our dogs and those they serve and seek a Senior Grants Writer to put on paper what we get to see every day; the breeding, raising, training, and placing assistance dogs for persons with a physical disability or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and to supporting these client and dog teams for the working life of the assistance dogs.

The Senior Grants Writer will manage a grant portfolio, including application, reporting, and relationship cultivation that will financially sustain PADS’ mission. Reporting to the Executive Director, this full-time position is structured so that you can work remotely.

Main Responsibilities

We seek a skilled, detail oriented grant writer who will:

  • Articulate priorities and establish timelines for grant applications;
  • Research and identify funding prospects and develop a stewardship plan for suitable grant opportunities in government, foundation, and private sector;
  • Target grant applications that share PADS’ broader objectives and outcomes in community service; to ensure compliance with grant application requirements; and to enhance communications that foster professional, ethical working relationships;
  • Write, edit, and submit thoroughly substantiated and timely grant applications, with appropriate follow-up to ensure completion of granting organizations’ required steps;
  • Prepare and manage grant budgets;
  • Coordinate grant-writing activities with PADS’ Finance & Administration Manager to include relevant financial documentation in application packages;
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of activities Maintain, update, and correct database; Run reports and analyze data on regular basis;
  • Write and deliver internal and public communications about PADS’ grant-writing activities and outcomes;
  • Assist with PADS’ donor recognition acknowledgements and events;
  • Respond to, and appropriately direct enquiries about funding opportunities; and
  • Perform other related responsibilities.


The Senior Grants Writer will primarily work off-site and be located within proximity of our main location in Burnaby as collaboration is key to grant writing and while this position is primarily off-site, access to colleagues and volunteers is vital as you are our storyteller.


  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline and at least two years’ experience in professional grant/proposal writing, with demonstrated proficiency researching, identifying, and securing new grant and other funding opportunities.
  • Articulate and receptive communicator, verbally and in writing. Skilled in using clear and concise business English, with accuracy, timeliness, and attention to detail. Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects in a deadline environment.
  • Solid record of having engaged in positive, productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. High level of earned trust, appropriate confidentiality and sound judgment in conduct and interactions.
  • Efficient use of MS Office with the ability to learn new software.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and as required, additional hours to meet deadlines for external funding applications.


Join our passionate team and give a “new leash on life” with assistance dogs who will help clients gain greater independence and a better quality of life.




We offer competitive benefits and salary.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations by June 21, 2017 to Laura Watamanuk, Executive Director using the form below:

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