GRANT WRITER – Full-Time, San Francisco
Challenging conventional wisdom in 1993, Sustainable Conservation’s founders posed a simple, but bold, question, “What if protecting the environment could also be good for business?” Not your typical environmentalists, our visionary founders hailed from the corporate world.  Working with business – not against it – they knew California could achieve true sustainability, balancing both environmental and economic needs. As each new initiative brought tangible results, Sustainable Conservation earned the trust and respect of a diverse set of stakeholders – from industry and scientists, to government and other environmental leaders. Twenty-four years later, we’ve turned a simple question into a unique brand of environmental problem-solving, and a powerful collaborative model for others to follow.

Sustainable Conservation partners with business, agriculture and government leaders to find practical ways that the private sector can address California’s toughest environmental challenges. Our award-winning nonprofit leads powerful collaborations that produce lasting solutions. By promoting effective business and agricultural practices throughout California, Sustainable Conservation and its partners are shifting entire industries toward sound environmental stewardship.

Our passionate staff of 30 is comprised of accomplished and collaborative leaders with expertise ranging from environmental stewardship, management, fundraising, communications, and organizational development, to finance.  We are seeking a highly capable, full-time Grant Writer to join our passionate and dedicated team.  In this position, the Grant Writer plays an essential role in our organization’s pursuit of solutions to California’s toughest environmental problems by increasing our capacity to raise foundation and corporate revenues to support our work.  This position reports to the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations and will also work very closely with program staff.

Our ideal candidate is a highly organized, detail-oriented person, with excellent writing, editing and interpersonal skills. S/he has a strong work ethic and enjoys managing multiple deadlines and ongoing projects. S/he is passionate about protecting the environment and may have a background in Environmental Science.  S/he has some grant writing or fundraising experience, and is capable of quickly learning about and writing about our programs for foundation and corporate funders.

Specific Responsibilities
Reports and Proposals: 60%

  • Write, update, proofread, and submit a high volume of comprehensive grant reports, successful grant proposals, and letters of intent in collaboration with program staff.
  • Coordinate the development of proposal budgets and financial reports with finance staff.
  • Maintain comprehensive grants and prospects calendar for proposal and report due dates, and develop timelines for internal review process.
  • Track and manage all deadlines and ensure they are met.

Administrative: 40%

  • Maintain institutional entries and communication files in donor database, including implementation of moves management schedules for foundation contacts and stewardship.
  • Maintain institutional records and files- both hard copy and electronic.
  • Assist with relationship management as needed, including scheduling meetings and assembling follow up communications.
  • Research, identify, and analyze potential foundation and corporate funding opportunities.

Core Competencies, Skills, and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree – Environmental Studies, Journalism, English a plus.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with high attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to synthesize and convey complex information for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to write persuasively, clearly, and concisely, and to seamlessly blend together information from multiple sources including previously written reports and proposals.
  • Strong work ethic with highly developed time management skills and ability to prioritize large volume of work with strict deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with ability to ask clarifying questions, build rapport, maintain relationships, and respond with flexibility to unanticipated requests.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively with a team, and across teams.
  • Ability to efficiently schedule institutional funding meetings with very busy Program staff and hard-to-reach Funders.
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel.  Experience with Office365/SharePoint a plus.
  • Good sense of humor.

Physical Requirements: Heavy keyboard work, sitting or standing at desk for long periods

What we offer: A competitive compensation package based on experience, fully-paid health insurance benefits, generous match on 401k, vacation, sick leave, plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day as holiday leave. Our best benefit is our culture! Our entire staff is collaborative and caring. Our Development and Communications team is amazingly talented, hard-working, and supportive of each other.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter describing how your prior experience will set you up for success in this position. Please also include salary of last position as well as salary desired. No phone calls please. We will contact you if we need more information or wish to set up an interview.
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Sustainable Conservation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.