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Employer:  Land Trust Alliance.
Categories:  Fundraising/Development
Travel Required:  None
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Bachelors
Experience Required:  4-5 years
State/Province:  DC - District of Columbia
City:  Washington
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

Department: Development
Reports to: Associate Director of Development, Foundations and Government 
Location: Washington, D.C.


The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization whose mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation throughout America. The Alliance works with Congress to pass tax incentives and funding that help landowners to choose conservation over development.  The Alliance serves as a university for land conservation that trains the people who do the work to conserve cherished farms, forests, parks and trails. It strengthens community-based land trusts by providing workshops, online learning, research, standards, and accreditation services. The Alliance’s conservation defense program helps land trusts ensure that conserved land stays protected forever. The Alliance works with the media to promote land conservation and engage more Americans in saving our most treasured places.

Summary Description

The Grants Writer is an essential member of a three-person team that raises a significant portion of the Land Trust Alliance’s $12 million annual budget from Foundations and Government.  This individual will be responsible for grant reporting and assists with proposal writing and other foundation related communications. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, Foundations and Government, this individual will also assist the team with travel support (both planning and follow-up), and researching and developing new sources of funding.


  • Works with program staff to develop grant reports and proposals, and obtains timely delivery of drafts and program scoping documents for proposed new programs.
  • Meets report and proposal deadlines, and ensures timely acknowledgment of grant awards.
  • Manages and executes cultivation mailings for Foundations and Government funders and prospects.
  • Assists with finding appropriate matches between the Alliance’s national and regional programs and funders’ priorities and develops compelling approaches and materials that win financial support for our programs.
  • Assists the prospect researcher in identifying new foundation prospects, and by providing input into travel strategy, including priority trips, call lists, and briefings.
  • Supports the Associate Director Development in the travel process by giving input into briefings, taking debriefs (where needed to support the prospect researched), and ensuring follow-up is completed in a timely manner.
  • Assists in preparing internal status reports, while maintaining up to date records for foundation files and databases.
  • Engages program directors and other field staff in the cultivation of key foundations.
  • Maintains proposal and report calendars. Provides timely and clear descriptive notifications to program staff for upcoming reports and proposals (as needed).
  • Maintains electronic files containing information on the Alliance’s programs, for use in preparing reports and proposals.
  • Participates in other Development activities as assigned.
  • Limited travel expected.



  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of four years relevant experience in a position that demonstrates a track record as a grant writer, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong technical writing and editing skills, with the ability to interpret and package ideas in a clear and persuasive manner.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands and effectively work in a fast paced environment with the capability to produce multiple assignments on deadline.
  • Solid commitment to producing quality work products.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work as needed to meet deadlines (occasionally will exceed scheduled hours).
  • Able to facilitate and lead collaborations with program staff.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the adeptness to think creatively and strategically.
  • Ability to work both independently with limited supervision as well as collaboratively in an environment that stresses team work.
  • Experience with grant management, reporting, and research.
  • Strong computer skills. Experience with databases preferred.
  • Strong interest in land conservation.  A willingness to understand and enthusiastically promote the Alliance’s conservation mission and programs is essential.
  • Good sense of humor.


Competitive salary and benefits provided commensurate with experience.


Send resume, cover letter and a brief persuasive writing sample (work-related, academic, or personal) via email to If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources Manager, Land Trust Alliance, 1660 L Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C.  20036

The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.


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