Literacy Partners (literacypartners.org) strengthens families through a two-generation approach to education. With our free classes, low-income parents in New York City—many of them immigrants—develop the literacy and language skills they need to succeed in today’s world. Our research-based curriculum also incorporates child development and parenting support to help parents boost their children's early reading, school readiness, and social-emotional growth.
We provide classes in 6 locations across the city in partnership with early childhood education programs. The intensive classes help parents improve their English skills or prepare for the high school equivalency exam (formerly known as GED). Each participating parent receives a home library with 10 books for each of their children along with coaching and support from their teacher to make reading with their children a regular habit. Thus, our program directly addresses the most important predictors of children’s reading proficiency and academic success: the literacy and language skills of the parent, the frequency of parent-child reading, and the number of books in the home.
In 2017, we are embarking on a large expansion of our services through an innovative media project and related community campaign. To fuel this growth, we are looking for an exceptional individual to join our diverse, social-justice-oriented team of 24 staff and volunteers as a Senior Grant Writer. Reporting to the Director of Development and working closely with the Executive Director, the Senior Grant Writer will expand our base of financial support from foundations, corporations, and government sources. S/he will also help communicate our results to funders, our broad network of supporters, and other stakeholders.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Writing foundation, corporate, and government grants
Grant reporting to funders
Writing periodic reports, blog posts, newsletter articles, etc. communicating the results of our work
Opportunity to participate in institutional funding pitches, work with Board of Directors and major donors, contribute to special events, digital marketing, etc. based on your interest and experience
Qualifications and Requirements
5+ years experience in nonprofit fundraising in NYC
Track record of measurable results (ie, winning grants of progressively larger amounts)
Experience working with communications and program staff to produce effective fundraising materials
Leadership skills and ability to execute an ambitious agenda
Strong ability to collaborate, work successfully in a team, and mentor junior staff
Great sense of humor
How to Apply Send resume, cover letter with salary requirements, and a brief writing sample to: email@example.com no later than February 3, 2017.
Additional Salary Information: Successful grantwriting is the focus and priority of this position. However, there are opportunities for professional growth in development and communications. We offer a competitive salary, generous benefits and a fun work atmosphere. Work schedule and other details are flexible for the right candidate.