About the organization

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) is a tribal consortium and non-profit organization established in 1965, representing twelve federally recognized Tribal Nations in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  In addition, GLITC has two programs (GLITEC and NARCH) which cover the Tri-state Bemidji area (MI, MN, WI) providing services to 34 federally recognized Tribal Nations and three Urban Indian Organizations (UIOs).  Over the past four decades, GLITC has achieved its mission to Enhance the quality of life for all native people by supporting member Tribes with delivery of essential program services across many sectors (Healthcare, Economic Development, Education, Employment, Family Services and Research).  Rooted in our shared values of Culture, Diversity, Respect, Collaboration, Teamwork and Stewardship, GLITC is an effective change agent and remains a steadfast standard bearer to safeguard Tribal sovereignty and promote equality of Native Americans.

GLITC is entering a new phase and is in the process of developing an updated Strategic Plan around six key priority areas: Housing, Drug Crisis, Mental Behavioral Health, Economic Development, Healthcare and Emergency Management Planning Support.  As a conduit between local, state, and federal entities, GLITC serves several important roles to reinforce existing connections, build new partnerships, promote a better understanding of Native Americans and create opportunities to achieve equity.  The future vision for GLITC is to be a strong advocate to support all member Tribes with meeting the challenges of the 21st century; improve the quality of life for all Tribal communities; and become stronger through unity.

The Planning & Development team, which includes a Director, Grant Writer, Assistant Planner, and Communications Outreach Coordinator, will work closely together to develop an effective strategic action plan around the six priorities; secure the necessary funding to deliver the proposed services; evaluate progress and learn through action; effectively communicate internally and externally; and inspire people and new partners to join GLITC’s efforts to achieve the desired impacts to improve the quality of life for all native people.

Grant Writer

The Grant Writer is an administrative position, reporting to the Strategic & Planning Development Director.  The Grant Writer is responsible for securing the appropriate funding needed to support GLITC’s current programs and advance new initiatives. Communicates, coordinates and cooperates closely with Tribal Grant writers, other Tribal staff and other community partners to facilitate proposal development.  Also, the Grant Writer collaborates with GLITC program staff to conduct needs assessments and establish program visions, goals, and activities to meet the desired outcomes. The Grant Writer will play an integral role in GLITC’s Strategic Planning efforts; support the Planning & Development team with completion and implementation of the updated GLITC Strategic Plan; and responsible for the development of a funding framework associated with the updated strategic plan.  Daily attendance is an essential function of this position.

Qualities you will bring which reflect what Tribal leaders around the country consider effective: Humility, Be a Listener and Learner, and Build Trust through Personal Relations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Assure all services are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner.

·         Assist the Director of Planning & Development with development of a funding strategy to support implementation of the new GLITC Strategic Plan.

·         Conduct Research to identify potential funding sources and to assess the needs of Native Americans around specific topics and priorities.

·         Prepares grant applications to meet organizational needs as directed by management and leadership.

·         Assures funding agency codes and regulation compliances are met

·         Draft Letters of Intent or, Letters of Interest and prepare all required application correspondences.

·         Monitor status of grant applications from pre-application planning through and after submission.

·         Work closely with appropriate personnel to determine goals and objectives, scope, feasibility and funding needs for programs.

·         Maintain report deadline calendar as well as a database of information about funding sources, areas of interest, requirements for funding; status of funding requests; funding received; and contact information.

·         Maintain grant application table for all Programs/Departments.

·         Gather and maintain a Masterfile of all grants (funded and not funded) electronically and in paper files, including award notices.

·         Grant tracking and all related correspondence.

·         Follow all internal and external grant policies and procedures for grant approval and submission.

Additional Duties as Assigned:  Attend all training sessions and meetings as scheduled.  Attend conferences, seminars, workshops, and other education events to remain current on technological and informational advances as applicable.  Engage in ongoing networking activities to remain current on the availability of services to Native Americans.  Participate on committees, both internally and externally, as deemed necessary and appropriate. Perform other duties as necessary or as assigned to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.


·         Required:  Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, English, Public Health, Native American Studies, Non-profit Management, or related studies.  Minimum three years of successful grant writing and fundraising experience. Desired:  Experience with a Native American Tribal organization and/or not-for profit agency desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Strong computer skills, Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat and other grant-related software.

·         Demonstrated knowledge of the social, economic, educational and health concerns of Native Americans.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

·         Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.

·         Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively with a wide range of people, teams, and diverse partners.

·         Demonstrated critical thinking problem-solving, organizational, and time-management skills.

·         Ability to apply advanced reasoning skills to problem solve.

·         Ability to perform basic and advanced mathematical calculations.

·         Understanding and experience with fiscal and budgetary theory and practice.

·         Evaluation skills are required to perform appropriate data analyses.

·         Fiscal management skills, a basic understanding fiscal and budgetary theory and practice.

·         Ability to work on independent projects with little or no supervision.

·         Ability to build positive work relationships with all GLITC staff, external customers, Tribal staff, partner agencies and potential funders.

·         Ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people.

·         Professional demeanor and appearance with the ability to ability to interact professionally with a wide variety of people.

·         Ability to manage time effectively, with self-motivation skills, and able to work effectively under pressure.

·         Valid driver’s license.

·         Access to reliable transportation with auto insurance.

·         Ability to travel, and to travel extensively when required.

Working Conditions and Benefits:

This is a full- time exempt position working at the worksite Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council in Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin. The salary range is $55,000 to $65,000 based upon experience, with benefits including: Annual/Personal Leave and Holiday Pay; Health, Dental, Life & AD&D, STD and LTD Insurance, FSA and 401k Retirement Plan. Regular work hours are normally Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm and will usually average 40-45 hours a week. There will be some variation in work hours due to special projects, deadlines, and other concerns. Work is performed at the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Office.  This is not a remote position.  Minimal travel is required to execute the functions of this position. Drug Testing required before hire and random thereafter.

Equipment Operated:

Utilizes a PC and computer printer for word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail, Internet/Intranet access, and other specific applications.  Utilizes a keyboard, telephone, fax, office copier, calculators and other general office equipment.

*Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) is an equal opportunity employer that applies Native American Preference as defined in Section 703(i) of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(i).  Consistent with the referenced Native American Preference, it is the policy of GLITC to provide employment, compensation, and other benefits related to employment based on qualifications of the job applied for, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, veteran status or disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law. As an equal opportunity employer, GLITC intends to comply fully with all federal and state laws and the information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law. Disabled applicants may request a needed accommodation from the representative of the Human Resource Department, PO Box 9 Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 or phone (715) 588-1069 or (800) 472-7207.

Closed Date: Open until filled

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About Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council office

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council is a non-profit organization formed by the Native American Tribes of Wisconsin.  We serve all WI tribes by providing administration of grant-funded programs either directly or with sub grants. Programs serve a range of functions from Children to Elders. Our Mission is: To Enhance the quality of life for all Native People.