Water For People is a global nonprofit working across nine countries, bringing together communities, local entrepreneurs, and governments to build and maintain water and sanitation services that will last. We have a sustainable solution to end the global water and sanitation crisis, and our employees across the world help drive this solution.
The Grant Writer is a critical member of Water For People’s Donor Impact team, writing grant concepts, proposals, and reports to secure and maintain funding for Water For People’s vision of a world where every person has access to reliable and safe water and sanitation services. The Grant Writer will largely focus on making the case for supporting the outstanding work of our five Latin American country programs: Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, and Nicaragua. To do this, the Grant Writer will utilize internal reporting tools in English and Spanish to tell their stories, primarily to English-speaking audiences with the possible opportunity to support materials for Spanish-speaking audiences as well. This role supports effective communications by fashioning persuasive pitches tailored to the donor’s level of familiarity with water, sanitation, and hygiene. Powerful and compelling written materials will be developed for corporations, foundations, individuals, bilateral, and multilateral agencies to meet and exceed Water For People’s annual revenue targets.
The grant writer works closely with the Grants Unit to ensure an efficient proposal development and review process and works closely with Global and Country programs to verify data and information used for grants or reports. This work requires the ability to process multiple sources of complex information into clear and concise written products. The role also requires comprehension of written and spoken Spanish, and participation—at times verbal participation—in country program-led meetings in Spanish.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS & DUTIES:
• Conducts the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant concepts, proposals and reports to donors as directed by Relationship Managers and Senior Grant Writer
• Complies with all grant reporting as required by donors
• Works closely with the Grants Unit to achieve a seamless cross-departmental process for development of proposals and reports
• Advises Relationship Managers on strategies to fit programmatic work to donor interests
• As requested by offices in Latin and Central America, provides support to or training for in-country funding opportunities, serving as a resource to the local/regional Business Development teams
• Works across departments to identify funding targets, and gathers accurate and relevant information to build and write the best possible case for each donor
• Serves as an informational resource to the Donor Impact Team and Grants Unit
BEHAVIORS AND COMPETENCIES:
• Connects to the Mission –Embraces the mission of Water For People and is passionate about advancing the dynamic role it plays leading social impact in international development.
• Demonstrates Ethics and Integrity – Understands ethical behavior and business practices and ensures that own behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
• Action-oriented – Has an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work products.
• Connects with Others – Demonstrates exceptional communications and interpersonal skills to build long-lasting relationships with stakeholders within our diverse communities.
• Values Diversity and Inclusion – Treats others with dignity, respect, and appreciation to ensure others feel welcome, supported, and valued.
• Receptive and flexible–Possess a diversity of thought, perspectives, backgrounds, identities, and talents to support the ambitious goals of Water For People to ensure clean water and sanitation for all.
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS REQUIRED:
• Bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent work experience is required
• 2 or more years of progressively responsible writing experience aimed at raising revenue is required
• 1 or more years of experience working for a nonprofit required
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
• Excellent narrative-writing ability is required
• Ability to research and synthesize complex sets of information is required
• Highly accountability, with the ability to effectively manage both the big picture and small details while executing on both, is required
• Excellent organizational skills, and the capability to handle important tasks simultaneously while responding to unanticipated developments, is required
• English fluency is required
• Able to communicate clearly in Spanish is required.
• Familiarity with the key concerns of the water and sanitation development sector and a genuine appreciation for the approach of Water For People preferred
• Knowledge of the concerns and protocols of the range of funders preferred
• Experience living or traveling in one or more of the countries where we work preferred
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS:
• This position has the option to work from an office or remotely at Water For People in Denver, Colorado or from another location in the US with the exception of NY, NJ, VT, WA and CA.
• Candidates from these Latin American countries, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru, are encouraged to apply and can work from a Water For People office or remotely. Applicants must be a citizen or legally authorized to work in one of these three countries.
• This position reports into the Denver, Colorado global office.
• This is an exempt position if based in the U.S.
• Ability to work extra hours and outside regular business hours when there are urgent needs to maintain business continuity, and work with team members located in other time zones.
Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
How to Apply:
If you are both qualified and Water For People interests you, please visit our Career Center and apply with your resume, a sample of your writing and cover letter to this position.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis; for earliest consideration submit your application by May 6th.
US anticipated salary range: $52,000 – $62,000 / YEAR
Benefits are one of the ways we encourage healthy living for you and your family. Our generous package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. But health is more than a well-working body: it encompasses body, mind, and social well-being. To that end, we provide a global EAP and Telehealth benefit to address your holistic health. Healthy living also includes financial wellness tools including, digital tools, classes, counseling, paid time off and generous retirement savings plan. If the position is based in Latin America, benefits will be dictated by the country in which the selected candidate is located.
Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.
Water For People is committed to protecting children encountered during our work and by our employees, preventing sexual abuse and exploitation of all individuals with a particular focus on women and children and other marginalized communities in the performance of our work, preventing human trafficking in the performance of our work and in our supply chain and to having a drug-free workplace. During the recruitment processes, additional documentation will be requested to comply with our policies and in accordance with the legal requirements in your country of residency, this includes a background check. If you apply for employment, we want you to be aware of our recruitment, selection and hiring processes including important policies regarding employee conduct.
Water For People is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to creating a culture of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our workplace. Water for people strives to create and maintain a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of race, ethnicity, ancestry, tribal affiliation, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, veteran status, disability, socioeconomic class, educational attainment, or other social identities is critical to our ability to have a world where every person has access to reliable and safe water and sanitation services.
Our commitment ensures that we:
• Have a different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
• Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating each other with dignity, respect, and appreciation enabling us to feel welcome, supported, and valued.
• Effectively connect, communicate, and build long-lasting relationships with stakeholders within our diverse communities.
• Have diversity of thought, perspectives, backgrounds, identities, and talents that will support our mission to develop high-quality drinking water and sanitation services are available to Everyone Forever.