Grant Writer, DC

Grant Writer, DC
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Job Description: 

Organizational Profile:
BUILD was founded in 1999 in Silicon Valley with a big idea that entrepreneurship presents a powerful opportunity to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced high schools and equip them with the tools necessary to achieve in the classroom and life. BUILD has since expanded nationally into a four-year college and job readiness program with almost 2,000 students enrolled in the San Francisco Bay area, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York City.
Our program begins in ninth grade as a daily, elective course taught by teachers who receive training and ongoing support from BUILD. During years one and two of the program, students work with teachers, volunteer mentors and BUILD staff to start and manage small businesses. In the final two years, students apply the entrepreneurial mindset they have acquired to launch their future college and career pathways. BUILD staff and mentors guide students through a process that includes self-exploration, college and job research, developing a personal brand and a resume, job internships, college visits, financial literacy instruction, and assistance with college applications and financial aid.  BUILD graduates transition to college or other post-secondary options with the skills and confidence needed to persist in higher-education and to be successful in achieving their long-term career goals.

BUILD is comprised of a diverse, results driven and passionate team who believe in the potential of every student and the power of entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning to transform the education landscape. For more information, please visit

Our Culture:
BUILD believes in the potential of every student and is dedicated to breaking down the educational, economic and social barriers that stand in the way of their long-term success. The remarkable young men and women whom we serve are at the center of everything we do. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, inclusiveness and cross-cultural understanding. We work in a collaborative environment where flexibility, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated.  Kindness, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teachers, and our supporters.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Director of Development, the full-time Grant Writer will focus on writing grant proposals and reports, preparing budgets, building the foundation pipeline, supporting foundation stewardship, and updating fundraising collateral and general communications as needed. BUILD Metro DC’s Fiscal Year 2022 goal is $1.3 million, 57% of which will be supported through foundation and corporate grants. The successful candidate will be an important and valued member of our friendly and hardworking team.

Position Responsibilities:

Grant Support (65%)

  • Grant writing – Write and assemble compelling applications for government, corporate and foundation funding opportunities.

  • Reporting - Write and assist with the preparation of required progress and final reports, including compiling necessary information from program and finance staff, drafting written reports and submitting all reports in a timely manner.

  • Content Creation – Improve proposal and report language by compiling information and data, editing, enhancing language, and ensuring the proposals and reports are polished, current, and compelling. Update fundraising collateral as needed.

  • Knowledge Building – Develop an exceptional working understanding of BUILD’s program, data, funding priorities and strategic plans to use in grant submissions and reports.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Pipeline Building & Data Management (25%)

  • Increase BUILD’s pipeline (specifically in the Metro DC region) by sourcing new opportunities that are aligned with BUILD’s mission. Research target grants, amounts awarded, grant guidelines and deadlines.

  • In collaboration with the Director of Philanthropy, determine strategies to engage cold prospects that will lead to invitations to apply for grants.

  • Steward a small but growing portfolio through updates and invitations to student events.

  • Track and maintain the proposal pipeline in Raiser’s Edge.

  • Accurately record all moves management activities for grants in a timely manner.

Team and Operations (5%)

  • Streamline and improve grant-writing operations including acknowledgement, stewardship, research, data collection, calendaring, and organization of text, data, and stakeholder stories.

  • Work with the National development team to share and organize content so that is current, easy to source and reflective of best practices across regions.

  • Maintain the Metro DC grants calendar and monitor deadlines.

  • Participate in team meetings and retreats and support programmatic events as needed.

Communications (5%)

  • Support the creation of development/fundraising materials including, but not limited to, one-pagers, brochures and programs, stewardship and solicitation communications, social media content, and on-line appeals.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:

  • Customer Service Orientation  - Anticipate and respond promptly and professionally to requests and needs from all key stakeholders, setting clear expectations while taking other perspectives into account.

  • Initiative  - Proactively create and/or follow through on new ideas and strategies.

  • Strategic Thinking (Networking) - Consider and analyze various points of view/relationships and pieces of data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context/network.

  • Persuasive Communication -   Plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audiences.

  • Thoroughness - Ensure that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; follow up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.

  • Project Management - Identify the steps of a project, set appropriate deadlines, identify required participants, and hold self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines.

Successful candidates will demonstrate BUILD’s Core Values through a combination of previous education/work experiences:

  • Keep Students at the Center - As BUILDers, we hold an unwavering passionate commitment and belief in the power and potential of youth.  Our organization exists to serve students. We seize each opportunity to contribute to the foundation of knowledge, skills, and networks from which students can build extraordinary lives. Our operating principles and decisions focus on what is in the best interest of our students.
  • Bring the Spark - As BUILDers, we excel in the entrepreneurial Spark Skills that we teach our students - Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit and Self-Management. We communicate through transparent and honest dialogue. We cherish teamwork, tenacity, and thinking outside the box. We demonstrate a relentless pursuit of excellence and approach work with a positive can do attitude. When we bring the spark we achieve great things together, and we model the way for our students.
  • Bridge Communities - As BUILDers, we develop and foster relationships in service of creating access and opportunities for our students, staff, and stakeholders. We value all who come to the table as partners to maximize our collective impact. By connecting the communities in which we work, we build empathy, equity, and social capital.
  • Promote Diversity and Social Action - As BUILDers, we understand that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion matters, but what matters even more is Action. We strive to create equity of voice, access, influence and power across lines of difference – both in and beyond BUILD, specifically for groups that have been historically denied social and economic justice. If we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem. We welcome, celebrate, and embrace the unique expressions and contributions of us all – our backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, and social class.


  • Passionate commitment to BUILD’s mission, vision, and strategic direction with background in youth-serving nonprofit preferred.

  • Bachelor’s degree or at least 3 years of experience writing in a professional environment, preferably in fundraising/development.

  • Familiarity with the Grantsmanship method of grant writing is highly desirable but not essential.

  • Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing and computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite; Google apps).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of organizational budgeting and/or creation of grant proposals and report budgets.

  • Ability to work in partnership with others to complete assigned projects; experience in collaborating with remote colleagues desirable.

  • The candidate must be highly organized, able to effectively work under pressure with humor, use independent judgment, and produce a consistently high-quality work product within tight time constraints and competing deadlines.

Position Details:

  • Location: Metro DC

  • Full-Time/Exempt

  • Travel may be required to other regions and locations.

BUILD offers a competitive compensation and benefits package for eligible employees. This includes medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and a 403(b) plan. In addition, BUILD employees are eligible for generous paid vacation, sick time, 10 paid holidays per year, and a flexible work environment.

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please Click Here to submit a cover letter, resume and a one page writing sample from a grant that you have previously written. BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.