Grant Writer/Development Director

Job Type

Full Time




Minimum: $65,000
Maximum: $75,000
Details: Contract to start, then option to move to a salaried position with benefits




Los Angeles
United States


Nest Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ending all forms of child sexual exploitation and trafficking and our work has evolved from the documentary film PLAYGROUND (Produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Abby Disney, Steven Soderbergh, and Lauren Embrey). Nest currently focuses on developing and teaching strengths-based sexual violence prevention materials to youth and the adults in their lives. We are seeking a creative, highly experienced, and Grant Writer/Development Director that can help strategize about, identify, and respond to funding opportunities to help us expand our work. We are a national organization and our office is headquartered in Los Angeles.

We are seeking someone who is available full time, to spearhead our fundraising efforts alongside our small team at NYU. You must be exceptionally organized, can demonstrate success and have excellent skills in strategy, writing, and finance. A love of budgets is a plus. We are working in partnership with NYU's Steinhardt School and though we prefer someone who is based in NY or LA, we will consider qualified applicants from anywhere the Unites States.

The ideal candidate thrives in a relaxed environment with high standards, isn’t afraid of wearing multiple hats, loves to innovate, can work independently, and believes in our mission of creating holistic and empowering resources that address the sexual violence and exploitation of children in America.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Grant Writer/Development Director will be responsible for transforming Nest’s approach to fundraising, including the development of new pathways to funding such as corporate sponsorship and support. This team member will also upgrade our existing fundraising infrastructure and strategy for foundations, individuals, and crowdfunding campaigns.

The position will be an essential team member to Nest during a time of tremendous growth. We are looking for someone who thinks outside the box, can work independently and sometimes alone, and is energized for success. This role will begin with high volume prospecting and the writing of high quality grant applications while working with the Executive Director to broaden our fundraising strategy.

Job Duties include, but are not limited to:


  • Develop and execute annual fundraising strategy and calendar/plan.
  • Seek and secure new sources of funding, including individuals, foundations, brands/corporations, and crowdfunding.
  • Create templates, workflows, and systems to maximize efficiency.
  • Help innovate resource tracking/management systems when needed.

Prospecting & Writing

  • Conduct prospect research, including phone calls, to identify, cultivate and solicit new sources of funding.
  • Conduct issue/background research to strengthen applications and fundraising assets.
  • Write 8-10 high-quality grant proposals/LOIs with supporting documents each month.
  • Provide necessary reporting to fulfill requirements for grant awards.


  • Develop fundraising materials as needed.
  • Create decks and documents for corporate support and sponsor outreach, etc..


  • Work with Executive Director to compile financials; develop budget summaries for funding applications.

Maintenance/Relationship Management

  • Coordinate and follow-up on the progress of submitted proposals
  • Oversee donor relations; Manage a portfolio of existing funders and new prospects.
  • Create recognition opportunities at the organization for funders.
  • Manage the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials.
  • Ensure gift processing and information related to funding is captured in databases.


  • Track grant administration.
  • Work with Director of Programs to identify and import relevant reporting data.
  • Develop compelling reports; team member will have design support.

Crowdfunding Campaigns & Events

  • Develop and execute End of Year fundraising campaigns, other crowdfunding campaigns, and collaborate with team members on fundraising effectively at Nest events.


  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in research, grant writing and fund development.
  • Nonprofit experience is a plus, Bachelor's Degree required.

Management Skills

  • Strategic with strong project management skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Proven ability to manage deadlines while delivering a high quality product.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.

Technical Skills

  • High proficiency in Google Drive (emphasis on docs, sheets, and slides), Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (or Mac equivalents)
  • Budgeting experience and accuracy.
  • Clear, precise, and compelling writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including editing and presentation (written and oral).
  • Confidence and experience with cold calls/phone calls.


  • Experience with everyaction and/or other CRM/databases a plus.
  • Proven fundraising, grant writing success is essential.

Personal Style

  • Self directed individual who takes initiative, is creative, and not afraid to think outside the box.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.
  • Committed to diversity and inclusion.
  • Positive and happy demeanor ability to work with others.

Required experience:

  • Grant Writing: 3 years minimum

Required education:

  • Bachelor's Degree

Job Type:

  • Contract to start, then option to move to a salaried position with benefits

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply

  • Please include an informative (i.e., not a stock) cover letter and your resume that includes a list of your recent grant awards with donors’ names.
  • Send your application with the subject line 2018 Nest Development Director to
  • No consideration without cover letter and resume.
  • Please note that we may request up to 3 references, including direct reports.