Job Title:    Grants Writer
Status:        Full-time
Location:    Alexandria, VA
Division:     Programs

The position is responsible for identifying funding opportunities for IR USA programs and developing good quality grant applications for traditional and non-traditional donors in the USA including USAID. In this role, the individual contributes to develop critical partnerships with other organizations or entities aimed at resource mobilization for IR USA programs. The candidate must show the commitment to IRUSA’s faith inspired values and principles as well as a commitment to the vision and mission of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researches and monitors funding opportunities for IRUSA and keeps the Programs Director informed of funding prospects.
  • Manages the grant development process for US government, corporate, foundation applications, from start to finish, including drafting compelling cover letters, letters of intent, concept notes and full proposals including budgets and work plans, as necessary.
  • Identifies, cultivates, and stewards US government, institutional, corporate and foundational funding prospects.
  • Develops and maintains a grant applications calendar to ensure submission deadlines are met and grant requirements are fulfilled.
  • Works with Programs and Finance staff to obtain accurate programmatic and budgetary information and develops proposals/program budgets for inclusion in grant applications.
  • Fulfills additional grants-related writing requirements e.g. donor acknowledgement letters, special correspondence with grantors such as program progress reports/highlights, and holiday cards etc., as needed.
  • In coordination with the Director of Programs, represents IR USA at the external events, government/foundation functions, meetings to help build awareness and support for IRUSA programs.
  • Establishes and maintains personal contacts and good working relationships with granters and related stakeholders. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • A minimum of 3 – 5 years’ grant writing experience for non-profit organizations, including demonstrated success in winning USAID/USG grants.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, international development or related fields.
  • Qualified candidate should possess excellent writing and computer skills (Microsoft Office Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Excel), and database management skills.
  • The candidate must be highly organized with the ability to effectively work under pressure, and produce quality work product within tight time constraints.
  • Knowledge and experience of grant application process, donor priorities and funding trends – both for programs in the USA and overseas.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Sensitivity and understanding of the issues around poverty, food insecurity and disaster preparedness and response.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

To apply you must send your resume to jobs@irusa.org  and include the position title in the subject of your email.