Food & Water Watch is seeking an experienced and highly organized grant writer to join our philanthropy team. This is a new position and will be a vital part of the three-person Foundation team, which raises over 3 million annually, or 15% of the total organizational budget.
To match the rapidly growing threats to our food, water, and climate, Food & Water Watch (FWW) has an aggressive 5-year strategic plan to increase revenue to support our grassroots organizing, legal, communications, digital, and research teams. The grant writer contributes by crafting compelling letters of intent, proposals, and grant reports to secure renewal grants and new sources of foundation funding. A qualified candidate will be a self-starter with a passion for storytelling using persuasive messages to engage foundation partners. The ideal candidate will be well versed in grassroots organizing theory of change and comfortable conveying complex political campaign messages to a variety of stakeholders, including foundation staff and board members.
Office Location: While FWW has physical offices in Washington D.C., New York, NY, New Brunswick, NJ, Los Angeles, CA, and Ventura, CA, this position is approved for remote work if desired. Other Foundation team members live in Chicago and Los Angeles and all staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compensation: $58,000 – $68,000 annually
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Grant Writing (75%)
- Work closely with 15+ program staff on generating 50-70 LOIs, proposals, and reports annually
- Assist program staff find their roles in the grant and storytelling process, help staff members improve their writing, and provide editing and proofreading for all grant materials
- Handle sensitive information related to budgets in a confidential manner
- Internal Written Communications (10%)
- Assist with funder meeting preparation by creating profiles on foundation staff and board members
- Produce a quarterly report encompassing organizational-wide progress, used for a variety of internal and external purposes
- Draft and proof Philanthropy pieces in organizational newsletters as needed
- Operations (15%)
- Ensure all documentation relating to grant applications are tracked and kept up to data in Salesforce
- Maintain and respect sensitive, private and confidential information related to grant recommendations, grantees, donors, advisors, and foundations
- Create a database driven process to manage cross-team collaborations to gather insights, data, and report to funders on progress
- Create compelling and tailored acknowledgement letters for incoming grant awards
- Participate in weekly staff and team meetings to stay attuned to rapidly changing campaign dynamics
- Provide confidential grantor information to the Executive Director, Managing Directors and Leadership Team related to funder engagement
- Support Our Culture of Philanthropy: Demonstrate an understanding of the essential role of our members and supporters, and consistently serve as an ambassador for FWW/FWA and our work. Participate in or attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. Be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
- 2-3 years of grant writing experience at an environmental, social, economic non-profit, or similar organization.
- Proven track record of writing grants that have successfully secured funding in the six-figure range from private, community, or corporate foundations.
- Exceptional at conveying impact through writing.
- Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and has excellent grammar and proofreading skills; presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.
- Can distill complicated information for a variety of audiences. Ability to quickly understand grassroots organizing and our theory of change, as well as, legal, political, and scientific information for a wide variety of campaigns.
- Familiarity with program evaluation and expressing quantitative and qualitative success in communications with funders.
- Well versed in training and providing feedback to program staff assisting with written materials.
- Self-sufficiency in Salesforce, or similar database. Able to build reports and track metrics.
Click here to apply. Please include your resume, cover letter with salary requirements, three professional references and three writing samples to be considered.
We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Please include a Cover Letter with your submission. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch (FWW) strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.
Food & Water Watch (FWW) is committed to the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus and the emergence of new variants, and that unvaccinated people are more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms. Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition of their offer of employment.