Working at The Ostara Group

The Ostara Group is a full-service fundraising and strategic consulting firm based in Seattle. Founded in 2009, our goal is to help nonprofit organizations navigate complex fundraising and sustainability issues, address your day-to-day challenges, and bring your work and impact to new heights. We are fundraisers, coaches and leaders with decades of leadership and experience on the front lines of organizations in every nonprofit sector. As a team, we value hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, and authenticity. We also value our connection to our team and our community. We work, play, volunteer, and celebrate together. 

The Ostara Group does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. The Ostara Group is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Washington State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. 

Open Positions

Grants Consultant


Ostara seeks a Consultant to focus on grant research, writing, management, and strategy. Our dynamic team-based approach is designed to support a fast-paced work environment that requires attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to problem-solve on the go. The Consultant will work with multiple clients and team members, in project lead and supporting roles, at any given time.

Applicant must be a highly independent, self-motivated grant-writer with substantial experience in project management and research. Superior writing, grammar, and editing skills are mandatory, as well as the ability to maintain confidentiality while handling sensitive and private information. Ostara's customized approach is tailored to each client so responsibilities will vary, usually including some combination of grant prospect research, grant strategy development, budget development, grant writing, and grant reporting. Applicant will be expected to follow Ostara style guidelines, and participate in the ongoing evolution of our best practices. Applicant must also demonstrate a willingness to work in multiple locations, often at the offices of multiple clients and remotely, as well as impeccable scheduling and time management skills.

In addition to client-facing work described above, the Consultant will participate actively and regularly in The Ostara Group’s internal meetings, events, workgroups and task forces. They will be asked to contribute from their perspective to the evaluation of project success and our ongoing operations as a company.

Position Logistics

This is a full-time, exempt position with a start date of April 1, 2019. Work performed by all Ostara consultants may be performed on a very flexible schedule. Full-time consultants may work remotely most of the time, but must be available for periodic meetings in the Ostara Group office in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, and at clients’ offices throughout the region.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success writing grant applications for small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations
  • Enthusiasm for a job that requires a significant majority of the time spent writing and editing
  • Ability to write in a compelling and precise manner, even about topics with which you are not immediately familiar
  • Paramount attention to detail in all aspects of writing, editing, timelines, targeting grant eligibility and guidelines, and assessing impact, financial, and strategic information as it relates to grant work
  • Desire to drive projects independently as well as closely collaborate on projects, depending on the circumstances
  • Sophisticated project management skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities with ease, forethought, and accuracy
  • Critical thinker with strong patience, curiosity, and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including the ability to be punctual, consistently set and meet deadlines, and coach clients in building their time-management skills
  • Poise and professionalism, and the ability to maintain a calm, positive attitude when facing unexpected circumstances, complications, or challenges
  • Ability to communicate directly and assertively while still being respectful of differences in opinion, culture, or work styles.
  • Willingness to solicit and utilize constructive criticism and guidance from both Ostara colleagues and clients regarding writing style, technique, and voice
  • Strong familiarity with Word and Excel

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • A minimum of three years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising, including a minimum of two years’ experience specifically in grant writing and reporting
  • Experience with and passion for research and organizing information
  • Experience in a consulting setting; in the absence of relevant consulting experience, candidates must have strong aptitude for learning new systems and work styles
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with individuals and groups of varying size
  • Creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit, and flexibility
  • An understanding of philanthropic culture or specific grant funders in the Northwest
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Familiarity with Adobe, Google Docs, Dropbox, and CRM databases


The salary range for a full-time Consultant at Ostara is $55K to $70K. Ostara works intentionally to build and preserve a warm and supportive culture, and also offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance for employees working at least 28 hours per week, 22 days annual PTO, $500 annual professional development stipend. and transportation, technology, and meal reimbursements. Ostara also strongly values professional development and career advancement; we will work with this person to set growth goals and expand their expertise.

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Brittany Kirk, Director of Grant Services, at This position will be open until filled, and we are looking for someone to start as soon as possible.

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