Grant Writer

The Osborne Association
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 01, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
Position Type
Programs, Grant Making
Employment Type
Full Time

The Osborne Association serves individuals, families, and communities affected by the criminal justice system. Through our programs, we offer opportunities for people to heal from and repair harm, restore their lives, and thrive. We challenge systems rooted in racism and retribution and fight for policies and practices that promote true safety, justice, and liberation.

It is our shared belief and core value that we honor everyone's capacity to change, celebrate our shared humanity, are united in our pursuit of justice and equity, when we make a commitment all possible steps are taken to keep our word, and we will continue to advocate for people and principles with fierce and tenacious determination, making us unstoppable.

We seek a Grant Writer to help develop and implement the Osborne Association's foundation, corporate, and government funding strategy to support our mission. As a member of the Development team, the Grant Writer will play a key role in helping Osborne obtain institutional grant funding for over 10 different program areas, which cover various areas including health, positive youth development, substance use disorder treatment, advocacy, reentry services, prison- and jail-based services, trauma treatment, restorative justice, alternatives to incarceration, and more. This role will report to the Institutional Giving Manager, who reports to Osborne's Vice President of Development and Communications.

They/she/he will lead the proposal preparation process by prospecting potential funders and assessing the appropriateness of funding sources; summarizing and providing recommendations regarding funding opportunities for executive, fiscal, data, and program staff; project managing grant proposals from inception to submission; drafting, revising, and editing documents submitted to government agencies (local, state, and federal), foundations, and corporations, including letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and correspondence; and building and maintaining strong relationships with Osborne's private funders.

The position is split between 10% in office work and 90% remote work temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is subject to change with or without notice.


Prospecting and Fundraising Strategizing

  • Assist in developing and implementing the agency's foundation, corporate and government fundraising strategy, including by strategizing how to meet annual institutional fundraising goals.
  • Stay abreast of philanthropic trends and the government and foundation grantmaking priorities of current and potential Osborne funders.
  • Identify and research potential new government, foundation, and corporate funders through regular prospect research
  • Circulate summaries of funding opportunities to executive, program, fiscal, and data staff, and ensure decisions are made and projects move forward in a timely manner to meet proposal deadlines.
  • Attend relevant training to ensure ongoing professional development and awareness of trends in the fields that Osborne's work addresses.

Grant Writing and Project Management

  • Lead the application process for assigned government and foundation proposals, including by leading program design conversations to align programmatic ideas with funding opportunities; delegating work; setting internal deadlines to meet application deadlines; and drafting and working with internal staff to submit all written (needs statement, organizational capacity, program design, etc.) and supplementary (budgets, logic models, financial information, etc.) proposal components.
  • Write new or adapt and edit existing letters of inquiry and proposals in accordance with the specific interests of corporate and foundation funders.
  • Conduct program-related research from diverse and relevant sources to support proposal positioning and institutional fundraising strategies.
  • Assist in generating financial information, including budgets and financial reports, for government, foundation, and corporate proposals and reports, in collaboration with executive, program, and grants management staff.
  • Revise, edit, and/or proofread grant proposals prepared by other staff.

Grants Management and Other Responsibilities

  • Maintain relationships with current and potential foundation and corporate funders by drafting reports, correspondence, and other written materials, and by participating in meetings and/or phone conversations with funders.
  • Use Salesforce to track due dates for proposals, reports, and meetings with funders to ensure timely response to funding opportunities and accountability to current funders.
  • Participate in regular inter-departmental meetings and correspondence, including by collaborating with executive and senior leadership, program directors, budget staff, and data staff to track fundraising needs and goals, design programs, set deliverables, apply for funding, and monitor the implementation of funded programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in the Liberal Arts, Public Administration, Human Services, Communications, Sociology, or another relevant field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years of relevant professional experience, preferably at a complex nonprofit organization.
  • Experience with policy and/or grant writing preferred, especially grant writing for government grants at the local, state, and/or federal level.

Additional Skills

  • Demonstrated awareness of incorporating racial, cultural, and socioeconomic equity and justice into communications and interpersonal interactions.
  • The ability to work independently, take initiative, be persistent, and maintain excellent follow through.
  • Comfort working closely with executive staff, including through writing and editing processes required for grant applications.
  • Impeccable communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas and strategies into clear, concise, and compelling narratives.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, including the ability to multitask, be flexible, and work well under pressure to meet project deadlines.
  • Strong project management skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Agility and endurance to navigate a large, complex organization.
  • The ability to function as a respected representative of the organization, particularly in interactions with funders.
  • Willingness to be a team player and work with staff across the organization.
  • Knowledge of the ever-evolving philanthropic landscape, specifically as it relates to foundation and government (NYC, NYS, and federal) institutional funding and giving trends in the social justice and criminal justice reform space is a plus, but a willingness to learn is essential.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and financial reporting is a plus, but a willingness to learn is essential.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or a similar database is a plus, but a willingness to learn is essential.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system is a plus, but a willingness to learn is essential. Passion for criminal justice reform strongly preferred

Benefits of Working at Osborne
Generous benefits, including four weeks of paid vacation, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedule, excellent Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance, and a 403(b) plan with a company match. Career development through ongoing training and individual development plans.

The Osborne Association is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, unemployment status, or any other protected category. The Osborne Association takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Be sure to include a cover letter with your application. No phone calls please. We wish we could personally respond to each application. However, we are unable to do so due to the volume of interest received.


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