Senior Development Writer (Maternity Leave Contractor)
Commitment: 30-40 hours/week during standard business hours
Location: Any, with priority given to candidates in New York, NY, and Portland, OR
Who We Are
Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in school. We believe that every school should be a healthy school and every child – regardless of race, place, or class – deserves the nourishment they need to focus, learn, and thrive. In underserved communities across 18 states, our trained AmeriCorps members deliver the FoodCorps program in schools, working with staff, students, and community members to implement evidence-based strategies that get kids excited about eating healthy. Building on this foundation of direct impact, FoodCorps pursues integrated strategies – leadership development, market change, and policy influence – to drive systemic change, with the goal of making healthy schools, and healthy kids, the norm nationwide.
What We’re Looking For
FoodCorps seeks a contractor to fulfill the responsibilities of our Senior Manager of Philanthropic Communications, who will be on parental leave. We seek a persuasive development writer with strong research, analytical, and storytelling skills to craft compelling grant proposals, reports, and other donor-facing materials. Working within our geographically dispersed Growth and Development team (residing primarily in New York, NY, and Portland, OR), and reporting to the Senior Director of Institutional Support, the Contractor will support multiple members of our fundraising team through leading the development of engaging and accurate funder-facing materials that inspire investments and foster long-term partnerships with FoodCorps.
Who You Are
You are passionate about FoodCorps’ mission and eager to share our story with a broad range of audiences, driving support for our work. You are a strategic thinker, an organized and supportive manager and collaborator, and a disciplined and adaptive writer who loves to create engaging narratives interwoven with research, stories, and data points, and can revise and repurpose existing content rapidly and effectively. You have strong project management skills, an exceptional attention to detail, and impeccable grammar, and you are comfortable juggling multiple projects and tight deadlines. You are driven by a commitment to inspire people to invest in our nation’s children and a commitment to equity and social justice.
- Serve as a strategic, writing, and editing partner for our out-the-door fundraisers, reviewing requirements of assignments and gathering necessary information from existing materials and/or other departments to do so
- Research, write, and submit grant proposals, stewardship reports, and other funder-facing materials to the foundations, individuals, and corporate partners who fuel our work, ensuring timely submission of assignments
- Support Marketing and Communications department with development and drafting of select donor-facing materials, which may include appeals, emails, handouts, and newsletters
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records, and continually update and refine internal resources to support effective fundraising and storytelling
Skills of the Ideal Candidate
- Minimum five years of professional development and communications writing experience, with proven experience in writing funded grant proposals
- Impeccable writing, editing, persuasion, and storytelling skills, with experience tailoring to multiple audiences
- Strong strategic, research, and analytical skills and a talent for formulating cohesive arguments
- Strong communication skills to enable regular collaboration with local and remote staff
- Comfortable with multitasking and working collaboratively and independently in a deadline-driven environment
- Knowledge of or eagerness to learn about health equity, food systems, national service, and related issues
- High standard of ethics, ensuring discreet handling of donor records
How to Apply
This position is a fixed term role (approximately 4.5 months) with a salary range negotiable based on experience at 30-40 hours per week during standard business hours.