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Grant Writer

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate Change, EMS & Audits
Town/City San Francisco
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 31/12/2009
Company Name ForestEthics
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Founded in 2000, ForestEthics is a nonprofit environmental organization with staff in Canada and the United States. Our mission is to protect Endangered Forests and wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing. We catalyze environmental leadership among industry, governments and communities by running hard-hitting and highly effective campaigns that leverage public dialogue and pressure to achieve our goals. Our current campaigns focus on climate change, wild places in Canada and in California’s Sierra, and on industries that use products that come from these places. Our efforts have protected more than 65 million acres of forest and transformed the environmental practices of Fortune 500 companies including Dell, Staples, Office Depot, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma, and many others.


ForestEthics’ grant writer is responsible for creating submission-ready proposals and reports for an active portfolio of 60-70 foundations, which include some of the world’s largest and most influential environmental funders - Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, to name but a few. The grant writer will lead the creation of content for new projects, reports and initiatives and refresh archived content as
necessary to reflect the unique needs of each foundation. Regular interviews with senior-level, international campaign staff (Canadian primarily) will be required to maintain active and lively content.

The ideal candidate will have excellent professional writing experience (experience with grant writing preferred), thrive in a very deadline-driven work environment, and demonstrate that they will be able to 'hit the ground running' as of early January 2010. This is a half-time (20 hours/week), non-exempt position with excellent benefits. Although development staff is located in ForestEthics’ San Francisco office, remote applicants are encouraged to apply.


  • Create submission-ready grants and reports as directed by Senior Development Officer;
  • Conduct interviews with campaign staff and executive office (as necessary) to update and create new content related to organization-wide and campaign-specific activities;
  • Update boilerplates (i.e. executive summaries, organization history, theories of change, etc) for use by development staff.


  • 3 years professional writing experience (experience with grant writing preferred).
  • Excellent project management, follow-through, and time management skills;
  • High reasoning skills as demonstrated by the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; and the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form;
  • Independent, self-motivated with a desire to provide support to advance ForestEthics’ mission;
  • Highly organized, flexible, creative, able to prioritize multiple tasks;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of humor.


Please send cover letter with resume and a writing sample to grantwriter@forestethics.org with your name in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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