The Development Writer is responsible for preparing fundraising materials, including foundation grants and reports. In addition, the Development Writer may contribute to other written materials, including annual reports, Graham’s website, and marketing materials.
The Development Writer will thrive in a highly collaborative work environment that focuses on results achieved through initiative, open communication, reflection, learning, and teamwork.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Write foundation and other program-focused proposals and reports (e.g. for individual or corporate donors interested in specific program areas) in a style that is consistent with other Graham materials.
Follow foundation guidelines carefully, interview program leaders to develop proposal content, prepare required attachments, and submit proposals in advance of deadlines.
Work closely with the budget team to develop proposal budgets.
In preparing foundation reports, collect needed information from program staff, prepare expense reports in collaboration with the budget team, and work closely with performance analysts to incorporate data into a narrative about program successes and plans to address areas for improvement.
Conduct outreach to prospective foundation funders and liaise with current funders to learn about opportunities, guidelines, and timelines.
Plan and participate in foundation site visits, as appropriate.
Prepare other written materials, as needed.
Provide other assistance to the Program Performance and Planning team, as needed.
Professional experience in child-welfare, education, or social services preferred or a quick learner
Demonstrated experience writing grant proposals and experience achieving fundraising results preferred
Outstanding writing, editing and verbal communication skills
High level of attention to detail
Strong analytical skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
Ability to work with a wide range of people including donors, prospective donors, staff, youth, and families
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
Must be hospitable, flexible, a team player, and have a passion for children and families
Must be willing to travel throughout NYC and to Westchester, as needed.
Please include a writing sample along with your resume.
Commensurate with experience
Based in our Brooklyn Office but should be willing to travel throughout NYC and to Westchester, as needed.
About Graham Windham
About Graham Windham
In full partnership with families & communities, Graham Windham strives to make a life-altering difference to children, youth and families affected by abuse, neglect and delinquency by providing each child we serve with a strong foundation for life: a safe, loving, permanent family and the opportunity and preparation to thrive in school and in the world. With over 600 full-time employees serving children and families in multiple programs throughout Westchester County, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem, Graham Windham provides an exciting & enriching work experience.
Graham Windham is the first organization in New York City to implement Solution-Based Casework (SBC). Solution -Based Casework helps children and families to be the solution to the seemingly insurmountable problems in their lives, from generational cycles of poverty, abuse, and neglect to unemployment, domestic violence, and severe health problems. By recognizing and reinforcing their innate strengths and ability to cope, we at Graham Windham empower them to take the lead in making change in their lives. To learn more about Graham Windham, please log on to www.graham-windham.org