Grant Writer


Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries, bringing together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build and maintain water and sanitation services that will last. We have a sustainable solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, and our employees around the world help drive this solution.

About the Position

Water For People is currently recruiting for the position of Grant Writer. The Grant Writer works to secure and maintain funding for Water For People by writing grant proposals and reports and providing support materials. The Grant Writer supports effective communications to corporations, foundations, individuals, bilateral, and multilateral agencies through development of powerful pitches, proposals, and reports, and thereby helps Water For People meet and exceed annual revenue targets.

Essential Job Functions and Duties

  • Conducts the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and reports to donors as directed by Relationship Managers
  • Complies with all grant reporting as required by donors
  • Manages an effective, cross-departmental process for development of proposals and reports
  • Advises Relationship Managers on strategies to fit programmatic work to donor interests
  • Advises on and develops messaging for the Business Development team
  • Works across departments to identify funding targets, and gathers accurate and relevant information to build the best possible case for each funder
  • Serves as an informational resource to the Business Development team

Behaviors and Competencies

  • Connects to the Mission – Embraces the mission of Water For People and is passionate about advancing the dynamic role it plays leading social impact in international development.
  • Demonstrates Ethics and Integrity – Understands ethical behavior and business practices, and ensures that own behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Demonstrates Cultural Awareness – Shows empathy, a high comfort level in the developing world, and unquestionable integrity; able to engage the wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Action-oriented – Has an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work products.
  • Connects with Others – Demonstrates exceptional communications and interpersonal skills.

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent work experience is required
  • 3 or more years of progressively responsible grant writing experience is required
  • 3 or more years of progressively responsible fundraising experience is required
  • Oral and written Spanish proficiency is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent narrative-writing ability
  • Ability to align financial information with narrative of program progress
  • Ability to research and synthesize complex sets of information
  • Familiarity with the key concerns of the water and sanitation development sector and a genuine appreciation for the approach of Water For People
  • Knowledge of the concerns and protocols of the range of funders
  • Highly accountable with the ability to effectively manage both the big picture and small details while executing on both
  • Must be task and process-oriented with an excellent sense of priority, logic, and objectivity
  • Highly organized and capable of handling important tasks simultaneously while responding to unanticipated developments
  • Understands ethical behavior and business practices, and ensures that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Ability to work in an open office environment with occasional dogs
  • This is a full-time position based at Water For People Headquarters in Denver, Colorado

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Further Information

Deadline for submitting your application is 5 pm MDT, Friday, August 24, 2018.

Desired start date for this position is Monday, October 1st, 2018.

This is a full time, exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience. Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

Please send us your resume and a cover letter that introduces you to us and provides insights into both your experiences and how you are the ideal candidate for this position. Resumes and cover letters can be sent to careers@waterforpeople.org.

Interested?

If you are qualified and Water For People interests you, please send us your resumé and a cover letter that provides insight into both your experience and how you are the ideal candidate for this position. Also, please let us know how you heard about this position.

Resumés and cover letters can be sent to careers@waterforpeople.org; please put the job title in the subject line. Please no phone calls or in person inquiries.

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Great perks of working at our cool Denver office space

  • Conveniently located at I-25 and Broadway
  • Free parking
  • We are right off of a light rail stop
  • Food trucks outside the office daily
  • Dog friendly workplace

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

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