Grant Writer

  • Friends of the Earth
  • Washington, D.C., DC, United States
  • Mar 11, 2017
Full time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Business Development Climate Change/GHG Environmental Protection

Job Description

Friends of the Earth is a 48-year-old, progressive environmental organization and is part of the world’s largest federation of grassroots environmental groups. Friends of the Earth’s programs address a wide range of domestic and international issues as they relate to the environment, including but not limited to: climate and energy, food and agriculture, oceans and water, economic policy and democracy reform.

Friends of the Earth is looking for a Grant Writer to join a team raising $2.5M annually in grants. The Grant Writer is responsible for ensuring that Friends of the Earth submits rigorous funding proposals and reports of the highest quality. Whether drafting original content her/himself or editing content drafted by others, the successful candidate will always bring a critical eye to the project, helping to ensure that we present the most persuasive, strategic content. The candidate will have a demonstrable history working diligently under pressure and successfully meeting tight deadlines.


  • Reports to the VP of Membership and Development and collaborates with a team comprised of program staff and Grants Manager to produce rigorous, high-quality funding requests;
  • Responsible for editing and drafting original content for fundraising proposals, letters of intent, and reports;
  • Provides strategic critiques of content generated by program staff in order to maximize quality and competitiveness of funding requests;
  • Performs prospect research on prospective funders in collaboration with the Grants Manager;
  • Drafts campaign summaries and other major donor collateral in collaboration with the Sr. Stewardship Officer;
  • Drafts other fundraising content as needed, including for the Newsmagazine and Annual Report;
  • Assists with other fundraising projects as requested.


  • Passionate about protecting the environment and social justice; a true believer in Friends of the Earth’s mission;
  • 5+ years of professional work experience;
  • 3+ years nonprofit grant writing experience;
  • Demonstrating experience raising over a million annually in private foundation monies;
  • Successful track record securing grants of 6 figures or more;
  • Exceptional written communication skills: passionate about writing; capable of producing substantial content on a wide variety of topics in a short period of time; adapts writing style to meet project needs;
  • Experience conducting funder research required;
  • Experience in the environmental sector strongly preferred;
  • Experience supervising support staff preferred;
  • BA or equivalent experience.


  • Strong analytic skills: synthesizes complex and diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data;
  • Strategic thinker: analyzes a campaign’s strengths and weaknesses as well as market and competitive context; applies that knowledge to produce competitive funding proposals;
  • Judgment: displays willingness to make decisions and take responsibility for those decisions; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; respects decision making processes and timelines;
  • Self-motivated: sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence to overcome obstacles; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals;
  • Dependable and organized: follows instructions and responds to management direction; makes and keeps commitments; uses established project management processes and systems; completes tasks according to agreed deadlines; goes above and beyond when requires to achieve goals;
  • Committed to quality control: dedicated to making every work product meet the highest quality standards;
  • Strong teamwork skills: balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a strong team spirit; supports positive morale and supports everyone’s efforts to succeed;
  • Planning: respects departmental priorities and builds work plans in accordance with those priorities; sets goals and develops realistic action plans for achieving goals;
  • Committed to Diversity: shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassments-free work environment.

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff. Also, please note that references will be requested during the screening process and final candidates will undergo writing and editing evaluations.

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Job Level

Mid-level, Senior-level


Nonprofit- NGO