Grant Writer

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



New York
New York
United States



Grant Writer

Development and Outreach Department

New York, San Francisco, London, or Washington, DC Office

Application Deadline: April 18, 2018

The Development and Outreach Department of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified candidates for the position of Grant Writer in the New York, San Francisco, London, or Washington, DC office. The Grant Writer is part of the twelve-person Foundations and Program Liaison Office within the Department and reports to a Director of the Foundations and Program Liaison Office.

The Development and Outreach Department is led by the Deputy Executive Director of Development and Global Initiatives and handles the organization’s fundraising and outreach activities. The Department consists of units dedicated to the council/board, foundations, operations, data management, leadership gifts, marketing, special events, and film festival.

Human Rights Watch is strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our staff and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, women, LGBTI persons, and persons with disabilities.


1. Manage grant process by collaborating with program colleagues to write proposals, stewardship reports, and other materials for existing and prospective donors;

2. Assemble budgets and financial reports in collaboration with the finance division;

3. Identify and solicit new sources of support by matching HRW’s programs with donors’ funding priorities;

4. Form relationships with foundations’ program officers to facilitate the production of grant proposals;

5. Ensure that reporting requirements to donors are fulfilled in a timely manner;

6. Steward grants to ensure that we are producing promised deliverables;

7. Liaise with program directors and development colleagues to develop strategies for cultivating and stewarding donor relationships;

8. Assess effectiveness of donor strategy and apply lessons learned to recommend adjustments as necessary; and

9. Perform other tasks as may be required.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism or a related field is required. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

Experience: A minimum of three to five years of grant writing, journalism, or programmatic research/writing experience is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

1. Excellent written and oral communications skills in English are required; Proficiency in more than one language is desirable.

2. The ability to assimilate and convey conceptually complicated information in a succinct and compelling way, tailored to different audiences, is required.

3. Familiarity with and demonstrated commitment to international human rights is essential.

4. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within Human Rights Watch, as well as with external partners, are required.

5. Ability to think creatively, take initiative, and follow through are required.

6. Excellent time-management skills and the ability to prioritize and complete work under pressure are required.

7. Grant writing experience in an international organization and familiarity with the international human rights donor community are strongly preferred.

8. Experience cultivating and stewarding relationships with institutional foundations is strongly preferred.

9. Graphic design experience is desirable.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices. In order to build the strongest possible workforce, we actively seek a diverse applicant pool.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.


Salary and Benefits: Human Rights Watch seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by 11:59 PM ET on April 18, 2018 by visiting our online job portal at No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.