The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is
the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law
organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood
Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme
Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s
aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by
widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the
present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial
justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public
education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice,
economic justice, education and political participation seek to
ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to
quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and
fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just
LDF’s Development Department is headquartered in New York City
and oversees all fundraising efforts to support LDF’s ongoing
programs and operations. This is a transformative time for LDF, and
the Development Department has grown as a result of the widespread
attention. The Development Department looks to build on this recent
growth in the coming years.
LDF seeks an experienced, proactive, and passionate Grants
Writer to support LDF’s robust Institutional Giving program. The
position reports to the Deputy Director of Development for
This position has the option to be remote until Friday, December
31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected
should be prepared to report to work in the office location
assigned to this position.
- Prepare accurate and compelling grant proposals, grant reports,
and other grant-related materials (e.g., one-pagers, information
summaries, program briefs);
- Work with program staff across the organization to capture
information for proposal and report narratives;
- Draft speaking points for donor meetings and speaking
- Support grant development processes, including notetaking,
identifying funding opportunities, and developing and managing
- Assist with stewardship of institutional donors, including
drafting donor communications, such as email updates, impact
reports, and annual reports;
- Proofread/copy edit grant proposal/report narratives and other
fundraising documents and materials; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree;
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in a development
office; past grant writing experience a must;
- Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;
- Exceptional writing and editing skills, with the ability to
synthesize complex concepts into accessible narratives;
- Ability to quickly and succinctly convey complex ideas (e.g.,
draft responses to proposal questions with character/word
- Interest in and knowledge and familiarity with a range of
social and racial justice issues;
- Excellent time management and organization skills;
- Ability to multi-task and adhere to multiple deadlines in a
- Understanding of corporate and foundation relations; and
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint and
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,
duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions
associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate
reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to
revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be
performed as assigned. This description does not
constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its
employment-at-will rights at any time.
Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement
of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation
for bona fide medical or religious reasons.
This position is open until filled.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
If submitting via email, please include your name (last name,
first name) in the email subject line.
Human Resources Manager
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud
to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing
equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race,
creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition
or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other
protected status under federal, state, or local law.