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Employer:  Environmental Law & Policy Center.
Categories:  Fundraising/Development
Travel Required:  None
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Bachelors
Experience Required:  2-3 years
State/Province:  IL - Illinois
City:  Chicago
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), the Midwest’s leading environmental advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, seeks to hire a Grantswriter to work full-time in our Chicago office.  This position reports to ELPC’s Director of Development and is responsible for writing compelling and persuasive foundation proposals and grant reports.

ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago, along with offices in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Minneapolis, MN, Madison, WI, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C. ELPC started in 1993 and has an annual budget of $6.5 million. Please see

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Grantswriter works as a member of the Development Team under the direction of ELPC’s Development Director and Executive Director to raise support from foundations. This job focuses on drafting and editing full grant proposals and letters of inquiry, and producing reports to funders in order to strategically market ELPC’s mix of policy and legal advocacy projects to national, regional, state, and local foundations by.  Developing high quality written products for ELPC will require becoming familiar with legal, policy and technical content regarding a variety of environmental issues, and having the flexibility and creativity to adapt core content so that it is persuasive to audiences with different backgrounds, interests and priorities.  The Grantwriter is responsible for writing documents and related attachments within firm deadlines established by the Development Director and Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree, at least three years of fundraising experience, and course work and/or “on the ground experience” with public policy development.  The successful candidate will have excellent writing and proof-reading skills, a demonstrated record of being able to complete work on schedule, and a passion for environmental issues.  Background on clean energy, clean transportation and/or natural resource protection policy issues and prior job experience writing persuasive documents (e.g., journalism, policy advocacy work) are a plus.  The Grantswriter must be able to work productively with a team of skilled professionals in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment where attention to details and follow-through is critical.

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience and with ELPC’s salary structure that is competitive with other major public interest environmental organizations.  Excellent benefits provided.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a: (1) cover letter; (2) resume; (3) contact information for two professional references; (4) salary history; and (5) writing sample to:  Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.


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