• Regional Grant Writer

    Job Locations
    US-NY-New York
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    New York
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Position Summary

    Reporting to the Managing Director, Individual Giving (based in New York City or Greenwich Connecticut). The Regional Grant Writer will be an important member of Audubon’s development team.


    This is an opportunity for a highly motivated development professional to build and manage a portfolio of institutional prospects and donors capable of making five and six-figure investments in Audubon’s work.

    This position can be based in New York City or remotely. Possible travel 25%-40% of time in the northeast US. Please submit a cover letter.



    Essential Functions

    • Generate at least $1M a year in foundation and corporate support with a portfolio of donors and prospects capable of making five- and six-figure investments.
    • In partnership with the Managing Director, work together with regionally based conservation and programmatic colleagues to prioritize funding needs and identify new funding opportunities.
    • Tell the Audubon story in bold and compelling ways—develop big, visionary proposals that stitch together the organization’s work across the region.
    • Focus on new business to expand Audubon’s donor pipeline—identify untapped prospects, develop and implement cultivation plans.
    • Work in partnership with donor-facing colleagues to shepherd donors through the moves management process—capitalizing on the full range of Audubon assets to do so, involving senior management, program staff, and volunteers as needed.
    • Develop a strong knowledge of Audubon’s strategic plan and conservation priorities at local, regional, national, and international levels.
    • Stay up-to-date on current trends in corporate and foundation giving and engage in trainings and professional development opportunities as appropriate.
    • Assists with other departmental projects and related work as assigned by the Managing Director.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Environmental Studies, Nonprofit Management or a related field preferred.
    • 4+ years of professional writing experience, preferably in a development/fundraising role.
    • Strong writer with proven ability to develop high-level, compelling proposals; ability to quickly synthesize complex ideas and align them with funder priorities.
    • Persuasive communicator with excellent presentation and listening skills; can effectively marshal support for ideas.
    • Ability to translate verbal communications and complex information, including scientific and public policy context, into clear, compelling prose.
    • Must be good with numbers and comfortable with budgets and financials.
    • Entrepreneurial self-starter with strong organizational and time-management skills. Highly motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic.
    • Team player with natural affinity for building close, effective working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
    • Solid project management and organizational skills.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects.
    • Flexible work approach.
    • Willingness to travel within the region.
    • Experience and knowledge of the environmental landscape is a plus, but not required however interest in conservation and Audubon is a must.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; knowledge of Salesforce is a plus.


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