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Grants Writer (Grants Manager)

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 13, 2020

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research
Advocacy, Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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FPWA, a leading anti-poverty organization fighting for economic equity for all New Yorkers, seeks an experienced and dynamic Grant Writer to be an essential member of a vital institutional giving team that manages all foundation and government support for FPWA. This position reports to the Director of Institutional Giving.

The ideal candidate is a go-getter, passionate about people, justice, and equity for all. They are constantly searching for a better answer to big questions, are energized by engaging with others, value mutual respect in discourse, and have a natural curiosity about how to achieve goals and higher aspirations. They will have a clear and demonstrated passion for communicating FPWA's work through their writing, participating in the program development process, engaging and deepening the relationship with FPWA's funders, and expanding the universe of our funders. The Grant Writer will have a commitment to social justice, and deep experience communicating mission for the purpose of engendering investment and engagement. The preferred candidate has lived experience (preferably in NYC) and can inform the work of the organization from the perspective of those experiences.


  • Responsible for managing all aspects of select portfolio of private foundation, corporate foundation, and government funders from writing letters of inquiry and proposals to maintaining accurate records.
  • Manage the grants calendar ensuring proposal and report deadlines are met.
  • Work with program colleagues to develop strategy for advancing work to be pitched.
  • Work closely with Director on annual income projection, preparing statistical reports, and evaluating trends; work together to develop annual workplan, helping to establish benchmarks for the year.
  • Manage prospecting efforts for institutional funders with advisement from Director. Undertake ongoing, strategic efforts throughout the year to identify new prospective funders for identified body of work to be pitched.
  • Develop systems, policies and processes to ensure efficient operation of an effective institutional giving effort; recommend new and innovative tools and processes to further FPWA’s institutional giving capacity.
  • Assist with special events and complete other relevant tasks as assigned by Director.
  • BA/BS required and minimum two (2) years of nonprofit grant writing experience.
  • Superior writing and communications skills, with an emphasis on proposal writing for funding and excellent donor relations skills.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal skills. Ability to recognize and tell a story.
  • A creative thinker, strategist and do-er who has a proven track record of developing creative ideas.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a portfolio of funders and achieve financial results; knowledge of foundation and corporate giving is a must.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills as it relates to creating logic models for proposals.
  • Experience collaborating on program design and outcomes and integrating funders' interests into approaches.
  • Experience working with fundraising databases; knowledge of Salesforce is a plus.
  • Salary commensurate with Experience.
  • Excellent Benefit Package including medical, dental, vision, life, 403(b) with match and more
  • Ample Vacation Time: Four weeks of paid vacation accumulated during the year plus 12 company holidays
  • Professional Development: Resources committed to bolster professional and personal growth
  • Modern & Flexible Work Environment: Our staff work out of a beautifully designed open workspace with flexible and tech-equipped meeting spaces to support different workstyles, promote team building and collaboration. FPWA is currently working remotely given the COVID pandemic.

To Apply

Submit resume and cover letter making a compelling case for why you should be considered for the Grant Writer role and indicating your salary requirements. Applications without cover letter will not be considered.

No phone calls or other inquiries please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


FPWA is committed to employing people who reflect the diversity of our member agencies and the communities and people they serve. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged.

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