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Department/Team: Mountaineers Books
Position reports to: Publisher
FLSA classification status:  Full time; exempt
Pay range: $65,000 – $75,000 annually
Application deadline:  Open until filled.

Mountaineers Books seeks an experienced Associate Director of Grants to expand our fundraising efforts beyond the current focus on individual conservation titles to a more comprehensive approach that will support our entire list of mission-driven publications. Over the past three years, Mountaineers Books has seen strong growth in book sales and distribution client sales. We view philanthropy as the third component of a successful and diversified growth strategy, with foundation and government grants as the most direct path to that goal.

The Associate Director of Grants’s primary responsibility will be to build and implement a new grant program, including the grant application and management process. While The Mountaineers has a well-established development program, Mountaineers Books fundraising has been limited to project-based fundraising in support of one or two conservation titles per year accounting for approximately 5% of total revenue. The position will report to the Publisher of Mountaineers Books and work closely with the Development Department of The Mountaineers.

Position Responsibilities

Identify and pursue new funding opportunities 
A primary goal of the Associate Director of Grants will be to expand existing project-based fundraising across approximately 30 new titles in all subject areas and identifying new prospects for annual funding. While Mountaineers Books has some established foundation relationships, this position will be responsible for researching a broad base of new institutional funding opportunities, and cultivating and soliciting a robust pipeline of potential foundation, corporate, and government supporters.

 A competitive candidate is familiar with research tools such as GuideStar and Foundation Directory Online, creative in researching peer publishers and organizations, able to identify comparable books, and comfortable contacting and conversing with representatives from foundations, corporations, and government agencies. An exceptional candidate is also engaged with regional associations (such as the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association) and up-to-date on broad trends and challenges facing funders.

 Manage grants program
The Associate Director of Grants will build and drive the entire Mountaineers Books grants program from start to finish, including scheduling, writing proposals, tracking grant progress and budgets, writing reports, and ensuring grant compliance. This process will begin with the acquisition of each new book, as the Associate Director of Grants collaborates with department heads and executive leadership to identify opportunities and to gather and synthesize information to write grant proposals in support of specific titles and ongoing annual activities. The specific mix of funders will vary with the assortment of titles in a given season, but the core subject areas (outdoor education and recreation, narratives and literature, natural history and conservation, and “backyard activism”) are very consistent year on year.

 In the first year, the Associate Director of Grants will partner with the Publisher to identify top funding opportunities to pursue. At steady state, the Associate Director of Grants will write, edit, and submit approximately 60 proposals and reports per year, with support from finance and editorial staff as needed to create project budgets and financial reporting.

 A competitive candidate has a demonstrated track record of winning project-based grants of various sizes and complexities from a mix of foundation, corporate, and government sources. An exceptional candidate thinks strategically about the entire publishing program and establishes working relationships throughout the organization, engaging staff at all levels in fundraising efforts and promoting interdepartmental communication and collaboration.

Steward foundation, corporate, and government funders
While the majority of revenue is likely to come as support for individual book projects, the long-term success of a Mountaineers Books grants program will depend upon building relationships with funders who support our core values of Adventure, Education, Volunteerism, Advocacy, and Community. Funder stewardship is the bridge from a single book-project grant to more flexible and comprehensive support of future titles, subject areas, book series, or unrestricted annual funding. The Associate Director of Grants will build and maintain relationships with funders through grant reporting and communications as well as meetings and in-person site visits where appropriate.

At steady state, the Associate Director of Grants would oversee a portfolio of 30 to 40 foundation, corporate, and government funders who support core subject areas and present good prospects for year-on-year funding.

A competitive candidate has experience developing and maintaining strong relationships in the philanthropic funding community. An exceptional candidate has an existing network of arts, environmental, or educational funders.

Support existing organization-wide development efforts

The Mountaineers development team and Mountaineers Books staff partner regularly to ensure the health and success of our respective programs. At present, The Mountaineers receives annual grant funding in support of Mountain Workshops, a program that provides opportunities for youth who have been historically excluded from outdoor recreation. In partnership with The Mountaineers Development Director, the Associate Director of Grants will oversee prospecting and grant writing for existing and new funding opportunities in support of this program, as well as other programmatic funding opportunities as they arise and especially if such opportunities also feature book titles.

The Associate Director of Grants will also collaborate with editorial and development staff to create consistent philanthropic messaging across digital and physical collateral that matches the tone and content of communications with funders.

A competitive candidate is a strong writer who can communicate our mission and help reinforce a culture of philanthropy across staff, readers, board members, and funders. An exceptional candidate is an avid reader who seeks to create funding opportunities at the intersection of outdoor-based books and programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Five years of experience leading foundation, corporate, and government solicitation and grant administration.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills with the ability to engage a wide range of audiences through proposals, letters, reports, and other written materials.
  • A demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet deadlines with grace.
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and within a team.
  • Experience in developing project budgets and communicating financial information to general audiences.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, and relationship-management software.
  • Commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive work environment.
  • Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a national criminal background and sex offender check.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts or equivalent education and work experience.
  • Seven years of experience in foundation, corporate, and government solicitation and grant administration.
  • Experience working in publishing, environmental, education, or nonprofit organizations.
  • Familiarity with the local philanthropic landscape, as well as state and national arts and outdoors funders and an existing network of contacts.
  • Experience with Pacific Northwest foundations and grant agencies.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce preferred.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers and Mountaineers Books focus on advancing equity. Our core values are Adventure, Education, Volunteerism, Advocacy, and Community, and we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with colleagues of varied experience and background. The Mountaineers is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are considered; as an organization that values equity and inclusion, we highly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.

 Work Environment 
This role is based in Seattle, WA, at the Mountaineers Books offices on Harbor Island. Mountaineers Books offers a hybrid work schedule with the expectation that staff are on-site a minimum of three days per week. Mountaineers Books will provide a laptop and other equipment, but staff working remotely are expected to maintain reliable internet and a distraction-free workspace. We are a 100% vaccinated workplace. One or more dogs are occasionally present on site.

 Physical Demands

  • Ability to work regular eight-hour days.
  • Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel when necessary.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This position is for a full-time, exempt employee. Salary range is $65,000–$75,000 per year, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, and paid sick, vacation, and holiday time. 401(k) retirement plan available after three months. Additional benefits include:

  • Free books!
  • Free family membership at The Mountaineers.
  • Opportunities to advance your outdoor skills with two free Mountaineers courses per year.
  • Two free tickets to most of our Mountaineers events.
  • Access to our three ski-in, ski-out mountain lodges, and our four on-site climbing and bouldering walls.
  • Free parking for your bike or car.
  • Alternative transportation reimbursement available.


 Please apply online at: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6791246/1b95b0f06218
To be considered, all applicants must include a current resume, a cover letter, and a recent grant application writing sample.

About Us

Established in 1960, Mountaineers Books is the nation's leading nonprofit independent publisher of outdoor recreation, lifestyle, and conservation books. Based in Seattle, we have a staff of 23, more than 700 books in print, and we distribute the books of aligned outdoor nonprofits, including the American Alpine Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Colorado Mountain Club.

In addition to the recreation, education, and adventure titles published by Mountaineers Books, we have two imprints, Skipstone and Braided River, respectively focusing on backyard activism and environmental conservation.

Mountaineers Books is a part of The Mountaineers, a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 15,000 members, generations of volunteers, and seven branches in Western Washington, where we deliver most of our outdoor education programming. Thanks to our internationally recognized and award-winning publishing division, we enjoy an outstanding national reputation in the fields of outdoor education, recreation, and public lands conservation and advocacy.

Our Mission: The Mountaineers enriches lives and communities by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Visit www.mountaineers.org/books to learn more.