Grant Writer

Grant Writer

Grant Writer

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
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Job Category: Development
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Human Services

Position: Grant Writer


Department: Development


Location(s): Main office located in Upper Manhattan


Reports To: Interim Development Director


Classification: Full Time – Exempt


Work Model:  Mostly Remote




The Violence Intervention Program (VIP) partners with Latina/o/x communities to end gender-based violence. Created as a grassroots response to domestic and sexual violence, VIP has always centered survivors in its leadership and has worked to create a community of staff that reflects the rich national, ethnic and racial diversity of the communities it serves. VIP operates three community-based social service programs, three residential shelter and housing programs, a 24/7 hotline, innovative economic justice, sexual violence and child and adolescent programs, and a robust community engagement team.




The Grant Writer will identify, research, and manage a pipeline of current and prospective corporate and foundation donors to raise private support and advance VIP’s mission. A key staff member of the Development team, the Grant Writer will report to the Interim Development Director and work closely with Development colleagues and staff across the organization. This individual must be committed to serving the interests of low-income people and fighting gender-based violence.




The Grant Writer is primarily responsible for managing the grant proposal process from start to finish, including researching and identifying funding opportunities, gathering input from the executive team and staff, writing and submitting grant proposals, and submitting timely reports.  


Prior experience in nonprofit grant writing in is required. This position is mostly remote; some in-person training and team meetings may be required.






Prospecting // Strategizing


·         Initiate ongoing collaboration with organizational leadership and staff to understand and evaluate funding needs, gaps, and opportunities.


·         Identify, research, and help cultivate new, non-governmental relationships, funding opportunities, and strategic partnerships related to the mission of VIP.


Grant Writing


·         Lead the process of developing and submitting well-researched, tailored, and persuasive grant proposals (including budgets and all necessary materials), letters of inquiry (LOIs), interim and final reports, and acknowledgement letters to existing and prospective foundation and corporate partners.


·         Prioritize multiple grant opportunities to ensure multiple proposals proceed in a timely manner.


·         Liaise with teams across the organization (including Program, Data, and Outreach and Communications) to gather all necessary financial, data, program information, and supporting collateral, including working with Finance with to ensure accurate accounting and invoicing for grant funding


Supporting Roles


·         Ensure records of institutional prospects in are accurate and updated in CRM/database


·         Create and maintain pipeline of prospects with important dates and deadlines; research and files on potential funders, current funders, and grant opportunities; and archive all grants and reports submitted and received


·         Collaborate with ED and staff to develop materials that support organization’s overall fundraising efforts, such as compelling impact stories and reports, ‘one-pagers’, and major donor proposals.


·         Work with the ED and staff to hone systems that measure grant effectiveness






·         3+ years of professional or volunteer grant writing experience with a proven track record


·         Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion


·         Excellent writing skills, including grammar-checking and proofreading abilities


·         Persuasive, clear, and compelling writing style with scrupulous attention to detail and accuracy


·         Demonstrated ability to produce complex, compelling written pieces for diverse audiences


·         Solid understanding of budget and program development


·         Strong knowledge of proposal submission, fundraising process, and sources of funding for non-profit organizations


·         Excellent research and analytical skills


·         Interest and ability to work independently and take initiative


·         Ability to ‘manage up’ and communicate ideas and recommendations clearly and convincingly


·         Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment required


·         Ability to multitask, and demonstrate solid organizational and time management skills


·         Clear enthusiasm for development or marketing work


·         Ability to work collaboratively across teams


·         Willingness to approach challenges with a good attitude and with a sense of humor.


·         Commitment to the mission and values of VIP, experience in related fields, a plus


·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite




Compensation & Benefits


·         Full-time, non-exempt position, working 35 hours per week with annual wages of $68,000-$74,800, depending on experience.


·         We cover 90% of the cost of medical (United Healthcare/Oxford), dental (Aetna) and vision (VSP) coverage for employee and spouse/children/family. Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Accounts available.


·         Paid Time Off program, 12 paid holidays, a mid-year and end-of-year office closure.


·         Summer Friday schedule (optional)


·         Commuter benefits (Mass Transit & Parking)


·         403b retirement plan


·         Employee Assistance Program


·         Disability & Life Insurance


·         Monthly health & wellness activities


·         Team appreciation days


Note: As a contractor of The City of New York, all VIP employees, interns and volunteers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.




Click on this link to apply Provide a cover letter, resume, and a sample grant proposal as a writing sample.



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