The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, end mass incarceration, strengthen checks and balances, and preserve Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
We are seeking a dynamic Grant Writer to serve in a vital position to advance the Brennan Center’s mission. You will join a high-performing Development department of 14 charged with raising $35+ million annually from a diverse base of supporters.
This position requires prior experience writing and producing materials that showcase public policy, legal advocacy, or other social justice work (e.g., grants, journalism, policy advocacy work). The successful candidate will possess exceptional writing and editing skills; intrepid resourcefulness to gather programmatic and institutional information; and the ability to persuasively describe the goals and activities of our mission-driven organizations. We seek candidates able to work productively with a team of skilled professionals. The position requires the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Outstanding organizational and analytical skills, with attention to details and follow-through, are critical.
This role directly reports to and closely works with the Director, Foundation Relations and will be part of a three-person Foundations team. The position also will collaborate regularly with programmatic leaders and staff, as well as other members of the Development Department.
The Grant Writer will serve a critical role in raising funding from institutional foundations and philanthropies. The full foundations portfolio brings in approximately $8 million annually and consists of more than 40 active grants, around 70 percent of which are at the six or seven-figure level. This represents 25 percent of the organization’s overall annual revenues.
To reach these revenue goals, the Grant Writer will work closely with the Director, Foundation Relations to produce impeccable, persuasive grant proposals and reports that secure renewed or increased support from existing and prospective funders. Key responsibilities include:
The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true-self and feel a strong sense of belonging. As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.
Position Start Date: No sooner than October 4th, 2021
Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is available as well.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a qualified candidate is identified. To apply, please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/T8dpKr55yD/Grant-Writer and upload. Please upload as one document (where it says “attach resume”) the following application materials: resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting in your cover letter.
If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: email@example.com with “Grant Writer" in the subject line, after registering in the online system. An online application, however, is strongly preferred to ensure your application is reviewed.
Note: The Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.
The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center