Center for Biological Diversity
  • 27-Jan-2017 to 28-Apr-2017 (MST)
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Full Time

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The Center is currently looking for a full-time Grant Writer. The preferred location for this position is Tucson, Arizona, but there is potential for other locations.

General position overview:

The Center seeks a detail-oriented, motivated and highly effective communicator to join our development team as Grant Writer. Under direction of the Chief Development Officer and Senior Grant Writer ' and in conjunction with other members of the team, including Major Gifts Officers ' the Grant Writer will aid our efforts to increase foundation funding revenues. The Grant Writer will seek dedicated funding for the Center's programs from private foundations and other sources by researching and devising approaches, including calls and visits to prospective funders. The Grant Writer will work with program staff to draft persuasive grant proposals, letters of inquiry and reports and ensure timely submission to funders; manage grants-related administrative tasks, recordkeeping and correspondence; maintain current data on and keep abreast of the Center's work as background information for proposals and reports; research funding opportunities; and maintain a tracking system to monitor the status of grant proposals and reports, including deadlines, proactive submissions, responses, renewals   and reporting requirements.


Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Experience writing grant proposals, reports, donor correspondence and/or marketing materials in a nonprofit environment, particularly within the environmental conservation funder community.
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently and as a team player, to take initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • The ability to quickly comprehend, analyze and synthesize information.
  • The ability to communicate well and in a professional manner with a variety of co-workers and foundation personnel.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of environmental conservation issues.
  • A bachelor's degree.
  • If not based in Tucson, must be willing to travel there periodically.


Benefits Package

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Generous time off policies.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code.

Application process:

Please apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter and resume. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Center for Biological Diversity
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