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6 Jan 2018

Full-Time Senior Grant Writer

Color of Change – Posted by COCCareers Anywhere

Job Description

Senior Grant Writer

New York City, Oakland, or Washington D.C.- Full Time


Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We develop strategies to put an end to policies and practices holding Black people back, while championing the solutions that move all people forward. As a national force driven by over one million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more humane and less hostile world for Black people in America. In 2005, Color Of Change was founded in response to the realization that during the Hurricane Katrina crisis, no one was afraid to disappoint Black people. There were no consequences for Black people being left stranded on their roofs to die, nor was there sufficient infrastructure among Black communities to aggregate our power and demand them for those that perpetuated or refused to acknowledge the tragic injustice. Color Of Change impacts lives by introducing accountability into the systems of decision-making. We leverage emerging technologies and our media savvy and sharp focus to build the power it takes to move decision makers in corporations, media and government to drive meaningful change for Black people in service of ending injustice for all oppressed groups.



The Development Team of Color Of Change (COC) ensures there are sufficient resources for COC to remain a powerful influencer across broad segments of the progressive movement. We are creative and passionate professionals committed to excellence in the pursuit of Color Of Change’s mission. We are committed to racial equity in America and building an effective, unapologetic and unrelenting opposition– built to win media wars and win back hearts and minds; block destructive policies from taking effect; mobilize missions of people to define the majority; and ultimately govern the country. We do this through driving COC’s resource development strategy and infrastructure, to advance the Color Of Change mission.



Color Of Change seeks a Senior Grant Writer (Senior Writer) that will integrate his/her deep understanding of social and racial equity concepts, policies, activities in America to create compelling solutions and narratives on how institutions and foundations can partner with Color Of Change to advance its mission. Through leveraging data insights from our studies and campaigns the Senior Writer will chiefly be responsible for identifying potential fits between grantor funding priorities and COC’s mission, writing and editing letters of intent, grant applications and proposals, and preparing timely reports to funding sources on grants received. The Senior Writer will report to the Deputy Director of Development and manage a team of two (2) Associate Grant Writers to accomplish his/ her fundraising objective(s).


Core Responsibilities

Leads all research activities for potential grant opportunities that align with COC’s mission by performing prospect research on foundations and informing all relevant internal stakeholders of grant opportunities and eligibility requirements regularly. Ensures that standard elements such as qualifications statements, staff biographies, support letters and required funder forms are accurate and readily available.

Develops case statements and narratives to identify strategic areas for program growth that describe COC’s campaigns in a way that will inspire funding interest that fuels our media, criminal& economic justice and power & voice work. Responsible for identification, research, and strategic outreach for new and existing institutional and foundation partners.

Submits proposals, applications, letters of interest, and concept papers by synthesizing campaign and organizational needs and goals into provoking proposals. This also may involve developing and executing work plans and timelines, meeting facilitation, quality assurance, internal communications with internal/ external partners and funders, and final submission.

Facilitates grantor understanding of Color Of Change by organizing interactions with the appropriate COC staff, board members and donors. This may include sharing information about COC with grantors, arranging and conducting video/conference calls, and site visits.

Assists COC Leadership Team by supporting the design of annual and long-range institutional revenue strategic planning and keeping them informed of appropriate timing for building and enhancing their relationships with funders, especially with preparing status reports on grants.

Guides the writing team by editing and providing feedback and support on all proposals and report drafts. Additionally, in collaboration with the Database and Grants Manager, the Senior Writer will ensure that the writing team centrally maintains all records related to the team’s activities.

Any other duties as assigned to help advance COC’s fundraising strategy and organizational infrastructure.

We’re Looking For Someone Who Is:

  • Creative: You can conceptualize and describe funding needs in a way that is compelling to prospects, donors, board members and other stakeholders. You have a knack for designing logic models and conveying information and research that is compelling, clear, and analytic in style.
  • An Organizational Maven: You can manage across multiple work streams and functions, keeping deadlines and managing complexity by simplifying solutions, systems and processes with clarity and attention to detail. You have an ability to efficiently meet deadlines.
  • Adaptable and Flexible: You can handle any curveball, and in fact, you expect them. You can meet deadlines and manage competing priorities. Additionally, you are strategic and have the ability to pivot quickly as priorities shift and the team continues to take shape.  You can and are willing to travel if needed.
  • A Self Starter: You have the ability to initiate, organize and manage projects, and to interface successfully with colleagues in a collaborative approach.
  • Collaborative: You see yourself as central to cultivating productive relationships with contacts across the social and racial justice space including agencies, movement builders, advocacy organizations, and academia.


What You Will Need:

  • Professional Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of professional/ progressive work experience in proposal or program development, with at least two (2) years managing a team or leading multifunctional project teams.
  • Fluency and Experience Generating Funding For Racial and Social Equity Movements: You have a deep understanding of the racial and social equity ecosystem as well as the concepts and agents that are funding and pushing the work forward. Your analytical prowess allows you to draw insights from outcomes data to crafting LOIs, concept papers, proposals and stewardship materials for progressive social justice institutions that have secured significant, multi-year gifts.
  • Mission Alignment: You have enthusiasm, familiarity and demonstrated alignment with Color Of Change’s mission and campaigns and also a commitment to building/deepening your commitment to racial justice. You are steadfast in your support of COC’s long-term sustainability and are committed to a career with impact.



The salary for the Senior Grant Writer is commensurate with experience. Color Of Change offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and holiday schedules and medical, dental and disability insurances.

Color Of Change is an equal opportunity employer. Color Of Change prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.



Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 1      5th. Interested applicants should click the “Apply for this position” link and submit a resume and cover letter.

No phone calls please.

How to Apply

Color of Change is hiring the following Development team roles: Senior Grant Writer Indvidual Donor Manager Database & Grants Manager APPLICATION SUBMISSION Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 1      5th. Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and cover letter. No phone calls please.    

Job Categories: Human and Civil Rights. Job Types: Full-Time.

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