Senior Grant Writer, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

The Organization

About KIND:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care, and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen the protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Overview

Position Summary:

KIND seeks a senior grant writer to prepare persuasive fundraising and institutional development materials for a wide range of audiences, including foundations, governments, and corporations. This position collaborates with KIND’s program departments to clearly and compellingly convey the urgent work KIND is doing to protect unaccompanied children in their search for safety through grant proposals, donor reports, talking points, and briefs. The senior writer is fluent in a variety of styles, ranging from narrative storytelling to highly technical writing, and can navigate a complex workload while moving from project to project with ease. This position requires strategic thinking, excellent project management skills, and deep knowledge of KIND’s mission, values, and goals. This senior writer is a key member of the development team and reports to the director of institutional development.

This position is remote and can be based in any of the following KIND registered locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Essential Functions:

  • Learn and maintain a deep working knowledge of KIND and its mission, values, strategic goals, and programs.
  • Proactively gather information related to multiple varied and complex programs, and convey this information succinctly and compellingly, tailored to different audiences.
  • Partner with program departments to write, edit, and format grant proposals, reports, cover letters, donor communications, and related materials.
  • Collaborate with development colleagues to prepare concise and compelling talking points and briefs to support donor solicitations.
  • Ensure all materials are professionally formatted, visually compelling, and adhere to KIND brand guidelines.
  • Edit and proofread drafts of proposals, reports, presentations, and other materials, as requested.
  • Assist the director of institutional giving with activities related to organizational grants, writing tasks, and institutional funder stewardship.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in grant writing, journalism, or programmatic research/writing, preferably for advocacy or mission-driven organizations.
  • Demonstrated track record of success securing six-, seven-, and eight-figure grants from foundations, governments, and corporate funders.
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Google Suites.
  • Highly detail-oriented and organized, with superior research and editing skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities.
  • Ability to plan for and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graphic design experience and/or proficiency with Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or similar design software.

Salary Range: $80,000-$90,000 dependent on experience

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

How To Apply

Application Instructions:

Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role.

KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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