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Organization: DEMOS
Location: New York-New York City
Mission(s): Race and Ethnicity
Voting and Democracy
Salary: $60,000/Yr - to - $75,000/Yr
Job Type: Full Time
Posted On: Nov 27, 2019

Education: Bachelor's Degree
Career Level: Mid Career (2+ Years Experience)
Nonprofit Experience: 2-10 Yrs


About Dēmos. Dēmos is a public policy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Founded in 2000, the organization is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington, D.C. Dēmos moves ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of everyday Americans through the full cycle of change. We champion over-the-horizon policy solutions, shift the narrative to clear the way for their acceptance, and advocate until they take effect. We use the right strategy for the right moment, whether it’s research, communications, supporting organizers, or litigation. This commitment to the full cycle of change has resulted in real victories, such as landmark credit card reforms and over 3 million new voter registration applications from low-income citizens. Throughout all of our work, Dēmos is advocating not just for people but for the very idea of the people—of one nation, united by a shared fate.

Grant Writer. Reporting to the Associate Director, Foundation Relations, the Grant Writer is responsible for preparation of reports, proposals and other written materials for the organization’s Foundation funders and major donors. The Grant Writer works extensively with members of the Development team and colleagues across the organization to align Development activities and strategies with organizational priorities and maintain deep familiarity of program content to make ongoing cases for support for multiple organizational programs and activities. This position will also provide writing assistance for additional Development related activities such as the organization’s year-end fundraising appeal and letters, fundraising emails, or other written materials associated with mass external donor and funder communications. The position is full-time and located in Dēmos’ New York City office.

Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead on writing, editing, and copyediting of foundation and major donor materials, including but not limited to proposals, letters of inquiry, concept notes, grant reports, interim and/or progress updates, donor/funder surveys or other related written materials;
  • Work collaboratively with both Development and programmatic staff depending on the portfolio and requirements;
  • Maintain deep familiarity and understanding of the organization’s work, goals and priorities and serve as a central resource for the Development team holding updated details of programmatic activity as work progresses; and,
  • Perform other duties as assigned or needed to advance Dēmos’ Development activities. 

This is a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced writer to help ensure an equal say and an equal chance for all in America.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

Exemplary written communication skills and prior professional writing experience: Written communication is a significant component of this role, and the right candidate must have substantial experience writing persuasive, compelling material that conveys complex ideas, understand how to write to unique audiences and edit other people’s work.

Excellent interpersonal skills: The right candidate will also be proficient in working with numerous internal stakeholders, building relationships, and ensuring practices that support data collection and tracking of necessary information to enable the ability to develop the best possible written material.

Exceptional detail-oriented project manager: You can manage multiple projects at the same time, move between them with ease and track and manage significant numbers of ongoing details. You are a proactive problem solver with the ability to get things done, and are comfortable working in a fluid, multiple-stakeholder environment. You come to the table with ideas and a plan and can make it happen with support and guidance.

Understand Racial Equity. You have demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society and in movement building and have demonstrated an ability to effectively communicate and collaborate across difference. 

The strongest candidates will also demonstrate the following experience and skills:

A sense of humor.

Familiarity with 501c4 fundraising approaches.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $60,000–$75,000 and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 10 paid holidays per year, 18 vacation days per year, paid time off between December 25 and January 1, 5 floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.

How to Apply: Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (15 pages or less) reflecting your original work by clicking through the following link:  We are looking for an immediate hire, so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

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