Senior Grants Writer
Do you have a burning passion for justice and the ability to leverage the written word to power change?
Join our team!
United We Dream (UWD) is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. We create welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – to make their voices heard and win victories so that all people can live free and thrive. We recruit, support, engage and empower young people and are creating a new generation of social justice leaders to change our world.
Our powerful network is made up of over 720,000 members, 100+ local groups across 28 states, and we reach over 5 million people online every month. We celebrate our diversity and believe in multi-ethnic, multi-racial, inter-generational intersectional solutions. Over 60% of our members are womxn and 20% identify as LGBTQ.
Whether we’re organizing in the streets, building innovative technology systems, opening doors for LGBTQ immigrant youth, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations, or creating alliances across social movements, United We Dream puts undocumented immigrant youth in the driver’s seat. United We Dream is a fast-paced, dynamic organization which has become a leading voice in social change and has appeared in every major news outlet in the country.
We are driven by the priorities and needs of our members; have trained thousands of individuals; and have supported countless local organizing groups. Today, United We Dream is arguably the most influential immigrant rights organization in the nation and a leading driver of progressive politics and strategy. Our brand is known around the world and we are proud to be driven by the hopes, dreams, decisions, and brilliance of directly impacted young people.
Learn more about United We Dream by visiting www.unitedwedream.org.
United We Dream Network seeks an experienced Senior Grants Writer to lead writing production for the organization’s grants portfolio (including RFPs, proposals, reports); to improve systems and continue to develop the organization’s voice; and ensure alignment of funding opportunities with organizational goals. The ideal candidate will be passionate about UWD’s mission, understand the funding landscape in the advocacy and public policy space, have an entrepreneurial approach, work collaboratively across teams, and be committed to sharing knowledge and building capacity through mentoring and training. This is a full-time, salaried exempt position, that may be remote based anywhere in the U.S. with preference for availability during East coast working hours (our main office is based in Washington, D.C, and we have hubs in California, Texas, and Florida).
Write compelling proposals and reports in partnership with UWD’s Grant Writer, and in collaboration with the Development Director and Deputy Development Director, along with senior staff across the organization
Lead on grant production, from concept/RFP alignment to submission
Work in collaboration with the Senior Development and Content Manager to ensure our organizational voice, technical writing, and storytelling is strong
Identify organizational funding priorities and develop compelling case statements and concept notes that effectively promote UWD priorities to funders
Maintain organization’s grants calendar and ensure all internal and external deadlines are met with the support of the Deputy Development Director
Collaborate with Finance and relevant departments to obtain needed information to create budgets for foundational proposals and reports
Work in partnership with Development Director and Finance team on revenue reconciliation and forecasting
Provide grants management support and coaching to UWD’s three fiscally sponsored affiliates in partnership with the Senior Development and Content Manager and Deputy Director of Development
Work in partnership with Development Director and Deputy Director of Development to implement fundraising strategy
Provide strong document management and record-keeping (proposals, agreements, reports, budgets, contact reports, grant attachments) in central file and CRM
Perform other tasks as assigned
Desired Qualifications and Skills:
Minimum 3-5 years grant writing and grants management experience
Track record of success in cultivating, securing, and stewarding grants of six-figures or higher
Experience synthesizing complex information and to developing winning proposals
Strong writing and editing skills; especially in long-form pieces (5+ pages on average), technical writing, storytelling, and experience with developing an organizational voice
Excellent organization, problem-solving skills, and communication (oral, written, interpersonal)
Strong attention to detail
Ability to set priorities in a fast-paced environment, turnaround written materials quickly, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines
Ability to identify and communicate potential needs or problems, and work independently
Ability and willingness to travel when needed up to 25% (once safety guidelines allow it), and work occasional evenings and weekends
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, digital resources and tools
Entrepreneurial, tenacious, results-driven, and solutions-oriented
Service orientation in supporting multiple stakeholders
Tact, diplomacy, and the ability to work and thrive within a diverse team, as well as dedicated to creating a healthy and collaborative team environment
Fundraising experience in the immigrant rights, organizing and/or advocacy ecosystem, as well as familiarity with the world of philanthropy
Successful experience engaging senior leaders and Board members in the fundraising process
Working knowledge of The Raiser’s Edge
Staff management experience
Experience with the immigrant and/or undocumented experience as well as familiarity with justice movements (racial/bipoc, LGBTQ, feminist) encompassing the many identities of our members
Culture fit - Understanding of the immigrant or undocumented experience
Sense of humor
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. United We Dream offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, health insurance, retirement plans and life insurance.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, at least one writing example through our career website https://unitedwedream.org/about/careers/. Please do not send duplicate materials and incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.
UWD is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. UWD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, political orientation, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
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