Remote | Freelance
Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Development Writer

Position Type: Contractor

Reports To: Community Resources Manager and Director of Communications

About Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit working to break the cycle of juvenile violence, crime, and incarceration. FLY believes that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes. FLY’s legal education, leadership training, and mentoring programs motivate and equip youth to change the course of their lives. We are also committed to helping our juvenile justice systems become more just, humane, and equitable. As a result, FLY increases safety in our communities and decreases the costs and consequences of crime.

Development Writer – Position Summary

This position will work closely with the Community Resources Manager and Director of Communications and a six-member Development team, including Director of Development, Development Writer, Salesforce Coordinator, and an Executive Assistant, led by FLY’s Chief Development Officer (CDO). The Development Writer will report to the Community Resources Manager and Director of Communications.

Currently, more than 80% of FLY’s budget comes from foundation and government grants. The organization is in an exciting phase of growth and has an ambitious growth plan looking to 2030. The Development Writer will play a critical role in supporting this growth plan through execution of fund development activities specifically through grant writing and reporting.

This position will also support FLY’s Director of Communications in expanding the range of materials targeted to engaging, educating, and raising support from FLY stakeholder groups.

This individual will demonstrate versatility, flexibility, and a positive FLY spirit as our teamwork evolves and we develop priorities and processes throughout the year.

Grant Writing: On average 60% of the Development Writer’s time will be spent preparing grant requests and reports in addition to completing context research. With the support and direction of the Community Resources Manager, this will include the following responsibilities:

  • GRANT WRITING: Develop, prepare, and edit grant proposals for foundations, corporations, and government grants. Develop expert knowledge of FLY programs and services in order to prepare accurate and persuasive funding requests and reports. Prepare multiple, simultaneous proposals for on-time submission under tight and shifting deadlines, while maintaining a consistently high standard of quality.
  • GRANT REPORTING: Develop, prepare, and edit grant reports for foundations and corporations. Prepare multiple, simultaneous reports for on-time submission under tight and shifting deadlines, while maintaining a consistently high standard of quality.
  • CONTEXT RESEARCH: Conduct research to develop and maintain knowledge of and expertise in policies and theories concerning juvenile justice systems and youth. Conduct research to provide supporting information for grant proposals.

Agency and Fundraising Communications: On average 40% of the Development Writer’s time will be spent contributing to FLY’s communication efforts. With the support and direction of the Director of Communications, projects may include:

  • Writing, editing, proofreading, and occasional production of simple program literature in Publisher and Word
  • Writing or editing of agency communications such as the annual report, PowerPoints, or e-mail newsletters
  • Interviewing and writing of stories about FLY youth, volunteers, and donors for use on the web and in fundraising materials
  • Updates of content on the FLY website
  • Other writing or editing tasks as needed and assigned

Qualification and Competency Requirements for Contract Development Writer

  • 3 years’ experience in nonprofit communications with demonstrated success enhancing an organization’s ability to obtain financial support for its mission through grants and other fundraising communications
  • Very strong written communication skills; at minimum two writing samples will be required
  • Strong editorial skills with the ability to provide varying levels of editing and quickly deliver productive critique that move writing projects forward
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of the critical role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in communications and the ability to produce communications for, and about, diverse groups including marginalized populations
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in writing for the web; knowledge of WordPress is desirable but not required
  • Flexible, energetic, responsive, and outcomes-oriented self-starter who requires minimal supervision, prioritizes effectively, and makes efficient use of time to meet deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher; familiar with Dropbox, Google Docs, and Google Drive
  • Attention to detail, organized, and prompt
  • Must be at least 21 years old and have reliable transportation
  • Must provide own laptop or desktop
  • This position will be remote but contractor must be available for occasional meetings either in person or using phone or video conferencing options