Senior 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 Senior Grant Writer. The Senior Grant Writer supports successful solicitations and reports to corporations, foundations, individuals, and bilateral and multilateral agencies through development of powerful pitches, proposals, and reports, and thereby helps Water For People to achieve its mission.

Essential Job Functions and Duties

  • Conceptualizes, researches, writes, edits, reviews, and produces a range of fundraising communications in a timely, effective, and professional manner
  • Develops content to support programs which includes writing proposals and reports for organizational and program overviews, donor updates, and other materials
  • Leads collaboration and communication for 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
  • Shapes and builds capacity within country program team for developing effective proposals and reporting on them, if requested
  • Manages work flow and assignments of grant writing duties for Grant Writer, considering the most strategic approach to assigning duties to ensure effective process development and delivery of exceptional proposals and reports that meet or exceed donor expectations, leading to maintained or increased future gifts


  • Builds alignment and consensus within the team around organizational goals
  • Demonstrates leadership in cross-functional collaboration across the organization
  • Sets individual contributor and team goals, and conducts performance reviews

Behaviors and Competencies

  • Builds Teams and Talent – Open and approachable, able to extract excellent performance and develop leadership and confidence in others. Attracts, engages, develops, and rewards talented people to build individual and organizational capability needed to achieve desired impact
  • Uses Critical Thinking – Has a broad perspective and sees possibilities and opportunities by thinking innovatively. Manages competing priorities and makes hard decisions with an eye towards getting things done
  • Converts Strategy into Results – Translates business vision and strategy into winning tactics and plans to deliver excellent results for the organization
  • 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, 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 low- and middle-income countries, and unquestionable integrity; able to engage the wide range of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Connects with Others – Demonstrates exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, exceptional networker, key influencer, comfortable representing Water For People across a wide variety of audiences
  • Action-oriented – Has an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work products
  • Manages through Ambiguity - Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in responding to change and ambiguity
  • Self-confident - Handles tough questions or critique in a professional manner assuming the best intentions; open to feedback and coaching

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent work experience is required
  • 6 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in fundraising is required
  • 6 years of progressively responsible grants writing experience is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent narrative-writing ability
  • 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
  • Oral and written Spanish proficiency is preferred

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Open office environment
  • 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.

Contact and Further Information:

If you are both qualified and Water For People interests you, please visit our Career Center and apply with your resume and cover letter to this position. Please no phone calls or in-person inquiries.

Deadline for submitting your application is 5 pm MDT, Thursday, September 26.

This is an exempt, full time position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

Perks of working at our office space which is located at I-25 and Broadway:

  • Employer-paid parking
  • Walking distance from I-25 and Broadway RTD station
  • Food trucks outside the office daily
  • Dog friendly workplace

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