Grant Writer Job at The Climate Center, California

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  • The Climate Center
  • California

Job Description

Are you an effective writer and relationship builder wanting to make a difference on the climate crisis? We are looking for a driven, collaborative, and enthusiastic grant writer, dedicated to excellence, to lead our institutional fundraising efforts. Together, we will secure the funds needed to enact accelerated, equitable climate policy in California, catalyzing the nation and the world into greater action. 

Reports to: Director of Philanthropy
Location: California, remote
Status: Full Time with Benefits
Salary Range: $64,000- $78,000 FTE, depending on experience

The Climate Center is a climate and energy policy nonprofit working to rapidly reduce climate pollution at scale, starting in California. We are a think-tank, do-tank working to turn bold ideas into action for a climate-safe future. We know that as goes California, so goes the world.  

We believe in vibrant, healthy communities. We envision a future where everyone in California enjoys clean air and water, renewable and reliable energy, healthy food, thriving nature, and more.

California has the tools and know-how to make this vision a reality — if our elected leaders act with the urgency the climate crisis demands. California must put policies in place as soon as possible for accelerated, equitable climate action, putting us on track to remove more climate pollution than we emit while securing resilient communities for all by 2030 or as soon thereafter as possible. That’s how we’ll keep our communities safe from worsening climate disasters, create millions of family-sustaining jobs, protect our environment, and give everyone the chance to thrive in the clean energy economy. 

Since our founding in 2001, The Climate Center has been dedicated to making climate solutions a reality in California at speed and scale. We partner with business, local government, environmental and environmental justice organizations, labor and others to deliver the equitable climate solutions that science demands. We pride ourselves in having a supportive and collaborative organizational team culture. 

Duties & Responsibilities

The Grant Writer at The Climate Center will be responsible for pursuing aggressive revenue goals (to exceed $1 million annually) in support of our urgent mission. The Grant Writer will, working collaboratively with program, development and administration/finance staff, research, coordinate, write, submit, track and follow up on grant proposals for foundations, government and corporate funds. S/he/they will develop and maintain effective, long-term working relationships with grantors and follow up with them to determine and monitor grant status. The Grant Writer will manage and grow a portfolio of foundations, government and corporate prospects and funders. This position regularly engages with programmatic staff and senior leadership around grant planning, deliverables, and relationship management.

Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Manage and lead all efforts in the writing, submission, tracking and follow up of grant proposals; coordinate with key program staff, development staff, CEO, and admin/finance staff; serve as lead writer and editor. 
  • Lead the organization in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of grant-making foundations, government entities and corporations.
  • Build an ongoing prospect pipeline, prioritize and pursue appropriate engagement strategies; Maintain a pipeline of prospects, data management and processes: track deadlines, contacts, and meetings in the database and for weekly meetings with leadership (Director of Philanthropy, CEO, COO).
  • Identify new funding sources and conduct prospect research, including using and maintaining tools such as Instrumentl. 
  • Lead all efforts involving program staff on the development of new proposals and reports, including providing direction on content and prioritization, writing narratives, and creating budgets.
  • Prepare and submit all necessary grant-related deliverables including letters of inquiry, proposals and grant applications, as well as interim and final reports including financial reporting, while managing for and meeting all deadlines throughout the process working in collaboration with the program, development and finance/administrative departments. 
  • Build relationships with relevant program staff at foundations and other institutional funders.
  • Follow up with grant-making organizations during their review of a submitted grant application to supply additional supportive material if requested.
  • Maintain and implement funding calendar activities, including cultivation and reporting activities with advance notice to team members to ensure a smooth, timely process.
  • Work with the Admin/Finance team to ensure accurate financial reporting on grant project budgets and on the institutional portfolio as a whole.
  • Work with the Admin/Finance team to prepare internal and external monthly, quarterly, and/or annual reports as required for our team and board as well as government, foundations, and other funders as required.
  • Coordinate grant efforts with partner organizations and coalitions as needed.
  • Prepare executive and program staff for meetings with funders by leading prep sessions.
  • Proactively pursue new opportunities with institutional funders to grow The Climate Center institutional funding portfolio.
  • Attend and assist at Climate Center major donor functions and other fundraising and cultivation events as needed. Participate in fundraising activities as determined with the Director of Philanthropy as well as staff and department meetings, and other events as needed.
  • Build and maintain a working knowledge of The Climate Center’s mission and strategic goals, and its programs.
  • Abide by all Climate Center as well as state and federal policies, procedures, and mandates.
  • Always represent The Climate Center in a professional, positive manner both internally and externally.
  • Perform any other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or at least four years experience in nonprofit grant writing or comparable responsibility with measurable successful outcomes preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;  
  • Excellent organizational skills; 
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple grant submissions and reports simultaneously 
  • Ability to work with diverse staff as well as volunteers and partners to complete grant-related items on time
  • A proven team player
  • Ability to work well under pressure 
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Experience with donor development/CRM software systems; 
  • Familiarity and experience working with funders, including foundation and governmental preferred

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is between $64,000- $78,000 full time equivalent based on experience. The Climate Center also offers an excellent benefits package:

  • Generous medical, dental and vision plan
  • 401(k) retirement plan with opportunity for match
  • Dynamic and supportive team atmosphere

At The Climate Center, we care about and support each other in the workplace setting. We also recognize that each employee has a whole life that includes time outside of work. The Climate Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. We value diversity and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, even if you do not meet all of the preferred qualifications. 

To Apply

Please apply online (). A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications along with a resume and writing sample are required for consideration. Three to five references will be required after the first interview. 

The successful candidate must reside in California and be willing to travel to cultivate foundation relations. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials by June 15, 2024. The position will remain open until filled. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you!

Job Tags

Full time, Interim role, Local area, Immediate start,

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