Grant Development Specialist

Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies

The Grant Development Specialist is a critical role in the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (MLBO). This position will work with MLBO Commissioners, Leadership, and appropriate Project Directors to support successful grant development by means of facilitating the development of proposals for MLBO departments, including the writing of such proposals.

The Grant Development Specialist assists MLBO staff in writing proposals for large-and small-scale projects, reviews and edits proposals, and assists in training staff in identifying funding opportunities, developing competitive proposals, and other aspects necessary for obtaining external funding. The Grant Development Specialist ensures that proposals are in compliance with applicable laws and federal regulations.

The position is also responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on the performance of program activities that are funded by third-party public and private sources. The position reports to the Director of Grants.

The Grant Development Specialist will undertake decision-making and problem solving, assume authorized duties and responsibilities, and interpersonal communications.

The Grant Development Specialist must have:

• Master’s Degree in Writing, English or related field preferred, Bachelor’s Degree with three (3) years of experience or an Associate’s Degree with five
(5) years’ experience with grant/contract development and/or administration management compliance;
• Experience and demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and requirements that govern grants administration;
• Comprehensive knowledge of United States Federal Government laws and guidelines for administration of federally funded grant projects including appropriate government circulars (i.e. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars and Education
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR);
• Familiarity with government reporting;
• Possess strong project management and time management skills; highly organized and detail oriented;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and utilizing spread sheet programs required; and
• Experience in working with Native American organizations and/or Indian Tribes.
• Must have a current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.


  • Facilitates the development of proposals for MLBO, including the writing of such proposals.
  • Develops collaborative opportunities with external organizations by working with MLBO Commissioners, Leadership, and appropriate Project Directors.
  • Assists MLBO Commissioners, Leadership, and appropriate Project Directors with writing, reviewing, editing, and meeting agency guidelines for all types of MLBO proposals for external funding.
  • Promotes an understanding of the benefits of obtaining external funding by identifying funding opportunities that best match the interests of MLBO.
  • Encourages effective participation by MLBO Commissioners, Leadership, and/or appropriate Project Directors in the grant writing process by assisting in training MLBO staff in developing plans for seeking external funding, identifying funding opportunities, and developing competitive proposals.
  • Ensures the proper application of policies and regulations regarding the submission of external grant proposals and reviewing all submissions in accordance with MLBO policy and procedure.
  • Assists in the preparation and analysis of regularly scheduled and special requested reports regarding externally funded grant and research activities.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of Grants.
  • Helps to ensure the success of MLBO by assisting the Director in delivering training opportunities and performing all other duties as assigned.

• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences frequent periods stress levels due to workload.
• Work is exclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
• Work schedule is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm however to accommodate grant administration deadlines, adjusting work schedule may be required and must be prior approved.
• Local travel and limited travel outside of state is required.

Submit resume, cover letter, and employment application to:
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Employment Coordinator
43408 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359
Fax # (320) 532-7492
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