Grant Writer

September 12, 2022


New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a talented Grant Writer to join its team.

About the Role

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grant Writer will play a critical role in fundraising to support NYLPI’s program operations, deepen relationships with current foundation funders, and further the organization’s growth goals by identifying new potential prospects. The Grant Writer will be responsible for year-round management of NYLPI’s grant calendar as well as writing grant proposals and reports, producing responses to government RFPs (Request for Proposals), and researching foundations and other potential funding opportunities to raise over $1M annually. Working closely with program staff across the organization, the Grant Writer plays an essential role in NYLPI’s fundraising and program growth.



Serving as a key member of the Development team, the Grant Writer will provide support in all areas of institutional fundraising, including the following:

  • Grant Writing and Research – 
    • Writing and Submission – Lead on writing for all grant proposals and reports in collaboration with program and campaign leads.
    • Pipeline Development – Conduct prospect research to increase NYLPI’s pipeline. Research and collect trends in institutional giving relevant to NYLPI.
    • Internal Capacity Building – Develop meeting and funder briefs. Identify systems improvements to aid institutional giving efforts.
    • Storytelling and Narrative Building – Work with Program staff to identify client and partner stories with an ethical storytelling lens for funding proposals and external communications.
  • Grant Administration – 
    • Manage year-round grants calendar to ensure timely submission of all proposals, LOIs, and reports.
    • Maintain accurate and timely records on funders in donor database and on NYLPI’s internal shared drive.




  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Organized self-starter, pro-active team player, able to prioritize tasks and projects, work effectively and independently to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to build relationships with and craft messages for diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong technology skills, including using Microsoft Office products
  • Commitment to social justice and civil rights.


  • Three to six years of fundraising and grant writing experience.
  • Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge NXT or similar donor database software.
  • Familiarity with, and understanding of, accepted accounting principles and state fundraising regulations;
  • Knowledge of the New York City philanthropic community.

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $61,000-64,000 for individuals with 3-6 years of experience. NYLPI offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment, monthly wellness days, and a holiday-swapping policy to allow for the observation of holidays of your choice.

NYLPI staff are expected to be available for work from our New York City office, and for in-person work as work requires. Currently, in-office work is voluntary due to high rates of COVID transmission.  NYLPI anticipates a gradual return to a minimum of two days per week of in-office work this fall.

Please send applications to [email protected] with the subject line: “Attention: Grant Writer.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and must include the following:

  • Detailed cover letter explaining your interest, and experience, and answering the following required question: How has your background or experience, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please mention where you saw this posting in your cover letter.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample

We strongly encourage candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.



For 45 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers opposing marginalization based on race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, the media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities and communities of color.

To learn more about NYLPI, visit

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