Associate Grant Writer

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Washington, DC
Published 11 days ago


With more than 7 million members, Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We design powerful strategies to fight racism and injustice and mobilize our members to fight against systems and practices that unfairly hold Black people back while also working to champion solutions that move us all forward. Largely, representative of the communities most impacted by the harmful policies and practices we see driving poverty and inequality across the country, our members commit to actions that drive real change. Together, we deploy an integrated, intersectional approach to injustice—one that champions those most often pushed to the sidelines of critical decision-making and helps re-center and facilitate their role and impact as the true backbone of progressive change. From our work to replace district attorneys unwilling to punish violent police officers to pushing back against enablers of harmful media representations, Color Of Change has a track record of holding corporate and political decision-makers accountable to Black people. 


 The Development Team at Color Of Change drives resource development through innovative and strategic approaches to individual giving and institutional partnerships. We ensure there are sufficient resources for our teams to achieve their goals and for COC to remain a powerful influencer across broad segments of the progressive movement. We are creative and passionate professionals committed to excellence in the pursuit of COC’s mission. The Development Team is instrumental in ensuring that the financial support we generate aligns with COC’s mission, vision, and values, and also enables us to continue investing in Black leadership, infrastructure, capacity building, and political power. We are a collaborative team committed to learning and growing together as we navigate the complex landscape of philanthropy and fundraising in service of our mission. 


Color Of Change seeks a full-time Associate Grant Writer - Institutional Partnerships to join our growing Development Team. This position is ideal for strong writers and communicators with a keen understanding of social and racial justice concepts, who endeavor to translate their passion into compelling narratives to advance COC’s mission through partnerships with institutions and foundations. 

Working closely with the Senior Writers and the team, the Associate Grant Writer will provide critical support for the writing needs of the team, which include identifying potential alignment between grantor funding priorities and COC’s mission as well as drafting grant applications, proposals, and timely reports to funding sources on grants received. This role will also share team responsibilities related to the day-to-day management of Development processes, systems, and workflow. As a vital member of the team, the Associate Grant Writer will exercise their strengths and build on their areas of professional growth as part of a collaborative team working to cultivate and maintain the resources to sustain and grow our critical work. 

Color Of Change’s Institutional Partnerships Team (IPT) is part of COC’s Development Team, which solicits and stewards relationships with institutions across our 501(c)3, 501(c)4, and PAC entities. Color Of Change does not accept corporate funding or donations. The Associate Grant Writer position will support IPT activities that solicit and steward relationships across COC’s 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 entities. 


Leveraging data and insights from Color Of Change teams, projects, and campaigns, the Associate Grant Writer will be responsible for:

Researching and identifying potential grant opportunities: 

  • Perform prospect research on institutions and foundations and support activities to identify potential fits between grantor funding priorities and COC objectives;
  • Regularly inform relevant stakeholders of potential grant opportunities, mission alignment, and eligibility requirements;
  • Craft case statements and other materials that identify strategic areas for COC program growth and use compelling narratives to fuel interest and investment in COC priorities and campaigns.

Assisting Senior Writers and other members of the team with workflow management and coordination:

  • Prepare materials for grant-related processes and meetings, coordinating closely with other members of the Development team and across COC teams
  • Ensure that standard elements of funder submissions such as staff biographies, required forms, and other information is accurate, readily updated, filed, and made available as needed;
  • Develop and execute work plans and timelines for proposal and report submissions, coordinating closely with Senior Writers on needs related to quality assurance, internal and external communications, and final submission.

Drafting, editing, and reviewing grant applications and proposals:

  • Collaborate with COC teams to gather updates on their work and prepare timely reports for institutional partners in accordance with agreed-upon requirements
  • Draft concept papers, proposals, and reports by synthesizing campaign and organizational goals, needs, activities, successes, and challenges into compelling narratives that represent COC’s work.

Assist Senior Writers and other members of the team to manage internal and external communications and relationships:

  • Participate and/or lead in meeting facilitation and notetaking
  • Engage in strategic internal and external outreach related to new and existing institutional and foundation relationships;
  • Facilitate grantor understanding of Color Of Change by supporting the organization’s interactions with the appropriate COC staff, board members, and funders, which may include sharing information about COC with grantors, arranging and conducting video/conference calls, and site visits;
  • Communicating with institutional funders as needed to advance grant proposal, reporting, and renewal processes.

Any other duties as assigned to help advance COC’s fundraising strategy and organizational infrastructure.


  • Creativity: You can conceptualize and describe needs to prospects, funders, board members, and other stakeholders. You have a knack for synthesizing and conveying information in ways that are clear and analytic yet also passionate and compelling.
  • An Organizational Maven: You can manage across multiple workflows and functions, keeping deadlines and managing complexity by simplifying solutions, systems, and processes with clarity and acute attention to details and requirements.
  • Intentional: You are a strategic thinker who always has your end goal in sight and is able to plan ahead to meet it. You are skilled at staying on track with a portfolio of work, staying highly organized but also aware of and able to communicate your limits and seek guidance and assistance as needed to achieve your goals.
  • Adaptable and Flexible: You can handle curveballs, and in fact, you expect them. You can meet deadlines while also managing competing priorities. You are strategic and have the ability to pivot quickly as priorities shift and the team continues to grow. You can and are willing to travel if needed.
  • Persistent and Optimistic: You are motivated and undaunted by ambitious goals. You have the tenacity and creativity to find ways around roadblocks and challenges while also maintaining a positive and collaborative approach to developing solutions.
  • A Relationship Builder: You are genuinely curious about new people and possess strong listening skills. You are eager to interface with colleagues with an open mind and adaptive approaches to building relationships.
  • Collaborative: You see yourself as central to cultivating productive relationships with contacts across the social and racial justice space, including teammates, funders, partners, movement builders, academia, and other advocacy organizations and spaces.


Mission Alignment: At Color Of Change and this role, strategic thinking, communication, and writing ability are paramount. While prior experience with development or a similar role in the civil rights sector is not required, a commitment to civil rights and racial justice is. 

Competitive applicants possess a deep passion for the mission and a keen understanding of the intersection of race with media and culture, economic, gender, climate, technology, and criminal justice issues. They are committed to Black leadership and infrastructure and endeavor to contribute their racial justice lens and critical writing skills to serving COC’s mission.

Ideal candidates for the Associate Grant Writer position may also have:

  • 1-3 years (or more) of professional/progressive work experience in proposal or program development, particularly in role(s) that require a variety of writing styles and/or a variety of audiences;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to quickly map out projects and plans, including timelines, performance indicators, and ownership of responsibilities;
  • A proactive approach for identifying opportunities for improvement, as well as removing barriers to implementation;
  • Experience in role(s) that require the handling of competing priorities and achieving results in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience working with digital communication tools and workflow platforms, e.g. Google, Slack,, zoom, etc.
  • A strong work ethic that successfully balances individual and shared team/organizational priorities, sharing in collective goals, successes, and challenges;
  • Exposure to synthesizing research and drawing insights from data in order to craft compelling narratives and/or materials in service of racial and social justice issues;
  • Experience crafting concept papers, proposals, reports, and/or stewardship materials for progressive institutions that have secured significant funding;
  • Other types of experience generating funding for racial and social equity movements.


Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.


Location: Washington, DC (Preferred) / New York, NY / Oakland, CA


The Salary for the Associate Grant Writer is $73,00. This is a full-time exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.


  • Comprehensive Health Insurance - Health benefits plus dental, vision, and affordable family coverage.
  • Flex Spending Account - Tax-free accounts to offset transportation and medical costs.
  • 401K Plan - To save for retirement.
  • Life Insurance & Disability - To protect you and your family.
  • Generous Vacation Package - 17 days of vacation (almost 3 and a half weeks) plus 9 sick days and 10 holidays each year.
  • Paid Parental Leave - New parents get this time to spend with their family: 12 weeks if you've been here a year or more.
  • Sabbatical - After 5 years of employment, take some time to recharge and pursue personal projects.
  • Reimbursement for Home Office Expenses - Staff members can submit up to $500 for reimbursement to further support their current work-from-home environment.
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement Benefits - We have two reimbursement options.

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law. 




With more than 7 million members, Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We design powerful strategies to fight racism and injustice and mobilize our members to fight against…

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Color Of Change offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and holiday schedules and medical, dental, and disability insurances.

Color Of Change offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and holiday schedules and medical, dental, and disability…


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How to Apply

Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.

Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis.

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