Senior Grant Writer

New York, NY, US
11 days ago
Full time role


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of ...

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NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C.


NRDC is seeking a Senior Grant Writer to work with the Development team in one of NRDC's US offices or remotely, with preference given to those in the following offices, New York, San Francisco, or Chicago.


Position SummaryThe primary responsibility of the Senior Grant Writer is to develop effective fundraising materials—including concept notes and proposals, project budgets, and narrative and financial reports—for a range of current and prospective foundation donors, wealth advisors, fund managers and others.


  • Write fundraising materials, including concept notes and proposals, project budgets and financial reports, program updates and narrative reports– writing in a variety of styles ranging from the highly technical submissions typical for major institutional foundations, to the more personal style appropriate for some family foundations.
  • Write in a variety of styles specific to each funder’s narrative requirements, ranging from highly technical to personal submissions, using templates and forms required by the funder.
  • Assimilate information about NRDC’s issues and programmatic work from a variety of sources and describe our activities in clear and compelling language.
  • In partnership with the Foundation Relations team Grant Coordinator, Grant Writers, and Portfolio Managers, create financial documents, including budgets and expense reports, as required by foundations funders.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the interests and expectations of the organization’s major foundation funders.
  • Other writing and reporting duties as assigned.



  • BA or BS degree
  • 3-5 years’ experience writing for a high-volume non-profit Development department
  • Strong commitment to environmental advocacy
  • Superior writing skills and demonstrated experience developing proposals for large institutional foundations
  • Proficiency and affinity for the preparation of complex budgets and expenditure reports
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to make judgment calls in a variety of situations
  • Collegial team player able to interact effectively with diverse internal and external constituencies
  • Effective in a fast-paced environment and eager to contribute to the collaborative dynamic of the department
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Able to work independently, nimbly manage multiple deadlines
  • Windows and Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Salesforce database software proficiency

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. Internal equity will be reviewed and considered to determine a final offer. For this position, the salary range is $100,000 to $108,000.


Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, and we ask them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues. We call this purposeful presence.


As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.


To apply, visit and upload your resume, writing sample, and cover letter; note that a cover letter and writing sample are required along with a resume for an application to be considered for this role. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs.


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