Senior Grant Writer
Root Capital Inc
Cambridge United States
Type of Position Full-time
Education Requirement Bachelor

Reports To: Manager, Proposals & Reports
Job Type: Full-time, Exempt
Region: United States
Location: Cambridge, MA or Remote in the US
Start Date: Immediate.
Contact: Please apply by filling out the form below.

Position Overview

Working within the Grants Writing Team, the Senior Grants Writer will play a critical role in helping the organization meet its fundraising goals by developing high-quality and compelling proposals, reports, and fundraising materials for private and public sector donors. The Senior Grants Writer position is an extremely dynamic role that works cross-departmentally to source and synthesize information and develop cohesive and compelling narratives to share with Root Capital’s partners and donors.


Grant Proposal Development and Writing (40%)

  • Lead a proposal development team and/or function as lead writer working with inputs from team members in various locations for multi-year, multi-million dollar requests (new and renewal for various programmatic themes and geographies).
  • Develop and manage proposal development work plan and timeline that allows for appropriate review by technical and management staff.
  • Translate emerging strategies into compelling, cohesive narratives. Develop best in class messaging and content to substantiate Root Capital’s vision and strategy.
  • Gather and synthesize financial and programmatic data from relevant Root Capital program and operations teams.
  • Work with relevant staff to edit and finalize a quality submission that maximizes chances for success, including graphics and tables where required.
  • Contribute to project design for proposals, including:
    • Facilitate or participate in planning or design workshops to define program objectives and leverage the insight, experience and knowledge of Root Capital teams;
    • Identify and raise relevant preconditions, risks and assumptions;
    • Contribute to the development of a theory of change, logical framework, MEL plan, and potential programmatic activities;
    • Identify opportunities to incorporate cross-cutting issues and added-value elements into the program design; and
    • Collate ideas into a concrete design that addresses donor objectives and requirements, and develop outlines for full proposals or concept notes.
  • Update and maintain relevant records in Salesforce and internal systems.

Grant Reporting (40%)

  • Lead the writing, compilation, review and timely submission of high-quality reports per donor requirements.
  • Develop strategic messaging around Root Capital impact, lessons learned, and forward-looking strategies.
  • Support the coordination of information gathering on program implementation across Root Capital teams and regions.
  • Assist in data management, analysis, and visualization of program outputs for reporting purposes.
  • Update and maintain relevant records in Salesforce and internal systems.

Partnership and Fundraising Support (20%)

  • Support external-facing colleagues by designing and producing additional relevant donor materials, including compiling necessary data and developing donor requested collateral.
  • Leverage content expertise and institutional knowledge to serve as a resource for donor-facing colleagues.

Skills & Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of demonstrated success writing proposals and reports for private and public sector donors (e.g., USG, multilateral donors, impact investors).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, international development, business, or a related field.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills. Ability to explain complex subject matter effectively in clear, persuasive language.
  • Impeccable attention to detail, in particular ensuring full compliance with donor requirements including, but not limited to technical approach, formatting, and required attachments or other supplemental materials.
  • Strong data management and analytical skills preferred; familiarity with Salesforce and other databases a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills, team ethic, diplomacy, and sense of humor.
  • Natural curiosity and investigative spirit; able to work independently, yet know when to seek support.
  • Demonstrated skills and motivation towards gender and cultural sensitivities, championing organizational and staff diversity and upholding organizational core values.
  • Fluency in oral and written English required. Fluency in oral Spanish is required, professional writing in Spanish is preferred.
  • Commitment to Root Capital’s mission.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.