Senior Grant Writer

· Washington, District of Columbia
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $55,000/year

As nonprofits across the country continue to respond and adapt to COVID-19, Elevate's work supporting the grant programs of our nonprofit clients is more important than ever. We continue to meet virtually with current clients and launch new partnerships. Learn more about joining our team.


Elevate is a small business serving a critical niche in the nonprofit sector. Our unique team model is designed to provide affordable and impactful foundation fundraising strategy and grant writing capacity to our nearly 100 nonprofit clients in need of sustainable funding to carry out their social change missions. 


We are seeking experienced grant writers to support the identification of new prospects and the development of nuanced grant proposals and reports for 4-5 nonprofit clients. Typically assigned to teams working with larger or more complex organizations, this Senior Grant Writer role is ideal for established institutional fundraising professionals seeking a flexible, virtual, and dynamic career in grant writing with the opportunity to work in multiple issue areas and alongside more than 40 other fundraising professionals. 


As a Senior Grant Writer you will:

  • Provide advanced proposal development, drafting, and report creation for clients with minimal oversight from a team Director;
  • Lead program calls and manage relationships with key program staff at your client organizations;
  • Develop new language for clients as needed;
  • Provide independent lead generation and prospecting;
  • Collect and create attachments, making recommendations and working with client program or finance staff as needed;
  • Take full ownership of submission processes;
  • Partner with team Directors as a thought partner for clients, offering ideas and suggestions proactively as well as providing strategy suggestions; and
  • Be willing and able to develop knowledge of issue-area and fundraising trends.


Ideal candidates will:

  • Have at least 2-3 years in an institutional fundraising role with a preference for:
    • Experience writing detailed proposals in at least 2 issue areas; progressive responsibility within an organization;  success working in institutional fundraising for multiple organizations;  and/or experience with different types of grants (public, private, corporate);
  • Demonstrate sufficient familiarity with budgets, financials, and program evaluation to organizational leaders on the appropriate information and attachments to include with a grant proposal or report;
  • Demonstrate a high-level of skill in managing complex projects independently;
  • Have experience managing drafting and submission in a large grant calendar with consistent accountability to internal and external deadlines;
  • Enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues who bring a variety of personal and professional strengths to your teams;
  • Have patience, poise, humor, and a willingness to roll up their sleeves with our clients; 
  • Contribute positively to Elevate’s culture, commitment to equity and inclusion, and company values. 


We welcome applicants who have a strong interest in the position and are able to demonstrate their ability to successfully meet the expectations of the role, yet have a professional background that does not align perfectly to the description of our ideal candidate. Please note that we are also hiring in the Grants Coordinators, Grant Writer, and Director positions, each of which require different levels of experience. If your application to this role is a better fit for another we offer, we will notify you and refer your materials to the appropriate hiring managers. The full-time annual salary for this position is $55,000.


Your resume and cover letter should detail the following:


  • Relevant skills and experience;
  • Your interest in the position, including your interest in advancing in your career at Elevate, specifically;
  • Your professional strengths;
  • Evidence of your alignment with our company values. 


We accept applications and hire on a rolling basis that is aligned with our staffing needs for new clients and projects. This process can take anywhere from one to three months from application to start date. 


Elevate provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, creed, ancestry, citizenship, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, family responsibilities, age, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, marital status, disability, personal appearance or any other protected characteristic or status under applicable federal, state and local laws. If you require reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for any part of the application process, please contact elevatehiring@elevatedeffect.com


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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
  • Compensation
    $55,000/year