Deputy Director, Grant Writing

Job Type

Part Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



New York
New York
United States


About the Roosevelt Institute

Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st-century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have a local and national impact. We advance this mission through the work of our staff, fellows, and network of students and alumni.

Roosevelt is taking on some of the biggest issues facing our economy and society and putting out bold, cutting-edge research and policies. Our work ranges from thinking about how we restructure the world of finance to changing the way colleges and universities invest in their communities. In the past year alone we released a bold agenda to rewrite the rules of the American economy which the Washington Post called a new manifesto for fighting inequality; framed the issues of financialization and corporate short-termism and issued a policy agenda that influenced the presidential race and key lawmakers; and crowd-sourced a blueprint for what young people want from candidates in 2016.


Our Culture

At Roosevelt, we recognize that the culture of the workplace and opportunities for career growth and development are important to all.  We believe that diversity of background and experience among our people make our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger.

Roosevelt is an equal opportunity employer and, as affirms in policy and practice to consider all applications in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or other legally protected status. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender-neutral bathroom on site.

Overview of the Position

Working closely with the Director of Foundation Relations, the Deputy Director, Grant Writing will play a leadership role in the Roosevelt Institute’s foundation fundraising. Responsibilities include grant writing and stewardship management for a portfolio of foundation donors; collaborating with the team on logistics, communications, and donor cultivation/stewardship; conducting research and analysis on grants, donors, and prospects; and other related activities. This is a part-time, non-unionized role.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Director of Foundation Relations, Vice President of Development, and other senior staff and advisors to execute on foundation fundraising strategy for the Roosevelt Institute.
  • Conduct the full range of activities required to research, write, prepare, and submit grant proposals and reports to foundations. This includes: collaborating with staff and fellows to write, edit, and proofread complex grant proposals and reports; ensuring the accuracy of all proposal attachments; and developing grant budgets and budget narratives.
  • Work with development and external relations teams to craft other donor-facing materials as needed. 



  • Minimum of 7-10 years of grant writing experience in the nonprofit field.
  • Demonstrated ability to write winning proposals that yield grants at the six to seven-figure level.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Proven experience managing, prioritizing, and meeting multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Highly efficient in time management and able to meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Ability to collect, synthesize, and process information quickly and with accuracy.
  • Ability to present complex programmatic strategies and activities in narratives that are approachable for and tailored to specific funder audiences.
  • Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills.
  • Understanding of philanthropic environment, best practices in fundraising, and the field in which Roosevelt works.
  • Highly organized, with outstanding attention to detail.
  • Experience preparing and formatting grant budgets, grant financial reports, and other financial documents required to secure and report on grants. A track record of achieving financial goals is essential.
  • Experience using donor databases like Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, etc.   



Salaries and Benefits

Salaries at the Roosevelt Institute are competitive and we provide a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. We offer a rewarding, friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and employer pension contributions when eligibility criteria are met.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


 When applying, please submit your cover letter and resume as one document Applications without cover letters will not be considered.  No phone calls please. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by December 7th.  Initial interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. We will only contact applicants who are being considered for interviews.

With a contingent offer of employment, Roosevelt Institute will conduct a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, employment records, education verification, criminal records, and credit history.