Grant Writer

Job Type

Full Time




307 West 38th Street
New York
New York
United States


The Institutional Development Unit is responsible for all new revenue development from foundations, corporations, and government agencies to support GMHC’s annual budget. Reporting to the Senior Managing Director of Institutional Development, the Grant Writer primarily cultivates a large portfolio of private foundations and corporate funders and seeks support for general operations, program-specific support, and other institutional priorities. The Grant Writer will prospect new potential funders, facilitates communication with funders, collaborates with program staff to design funding pitches, and writes grant proposals from start to finish. As needed, the Grant Writer will also write public/government proposals in support of the agency’s mission.

Essential Job Functions

The following duties are mandatory requirements of the job:

  • Collaborating with program staff across the agency to craft strategies and proposals for specific funding needs in areas such as: the meals and nutrition program, HIV testing and counseling, legal services, youth programs, research, mental health and substance use services, etc.
  • Writing full grant proposals to corporate and foundation funders, and government as needed.
  • Gathering data from staff and writing reports to corporate and foundation funders
  • Supporting program staff to design programs by facilitating kickoff meetings and participating in logic model sessions, and program and finance staff during grant application budget meetings, as needed.
  • Working with the Finance Department and with program directors to deliver proposal budgets and fiscal reports to funders as necessary.
  • Prospecting new potential foundation and supporting the Development Unit in maintaining and strengthening relationships with corporate and foundation funders. This work includes creating funder briefings, writing letters and mailings, and maintaining records about agency relationships
  • Producing and distributing acknowledgements and receipts related to corporate and foundation grants and contributions.

Other Responsibilities

The following duties are to be performed as assigned by the supervisor:

  • Supporting Institutional Development team by assisting with various grant applications and special projects, as needed.
  • Reporting metrics, providing status updates on proposals to the Senior Managing Director, filing and organizing the items associated with all prospective funding opportunities and proposal packages
  • Assisting in the development of an integrated strategic plan for the Institutional Development Team
  • Participating in a data-driven management process, which includes Identifying key performance indicators to describe individual and department-level outcomes, participating is quality improvement projects, and engaging in an organizational culture of learning.
  • Supporting knowledge management processes to streamline the production of high-quality proposals and ensure continuity and consistency of institutional knowledge
  • Processing contributions from foundation and corporate funders
  • Communicating with agency staff to stay abreast of GMHC's new and ongoing initiatives, programs and services, and to identify priority funding needs
  •  Participating in agency-wide committees that focus on program design and improvement.

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of related professional experience required

Special Skills and Knowledge

In addition to the above-listed job responsibilities and educational requirements, the ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following:

  • Exceptional writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Experience writing winning grant proposals and building relationships with foundation staff
  • Strong project management skills, personal time management skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and work well under hard deadlines
  • High level of skill with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Problem-Solving Skills – Helpful in meeting requests for information from funders and partners, as well as in strategizing to meet unit and agency goals
  • Ability to Work as a Team Player – Extremely important in the coordination of work with program staff, finance staff and other Development team members

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree