Grant Writer

Location: New York, NY

Department: Vera Institute of Justice

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Please note that our Manhattan office will be relocating to Industry City in Brooklyn, NY next year.

Are you passionate about justice reform? Do you have a way with words? Are you interested in non-profit development work? Do you have strong time management and organizational skills? If so, then we want you!

Vera is looking for a Grant Writer to join our diverse Development team. The person will support the organization’s efforts to raise money from foundations and government a.

Who we are:

Founded in 1961, the Vera Institute of Justice is working to advance justice reform in the United States founded upon the fundamental principles of human dignity and respect for the intrinsic worth of each human being. Our mission is to drive change and to urgently build justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. We are working directly with leaders at the state and local levels who run, and can transform, the public institutions that deliver justice: our police departments, the immigration system, our courts, our jails, and our prisons.

Our work is focused on systemic change that tackles the most pressing injustices of our day—from the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement, to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence.

Our model for creating change has three phases. First, we develop and prototype new models for reform. Next, we implement the best of our new ideas with multiple jurisdictions. We do this by conducting competitions (races to the top) to select the most ambitious leaders who are eager to advance justice. We help them drive concrete change at home, and unite them with others to form united, identifiable groups of reformers. Finally, we ensure that successful reforms are widely copied, in order to create a “new normal.” We publicly champion the leadership of the government leaders we work with in ways that their colleagues, political leaders, and communities recognize and support, and we help shape the national conversation on reform through the thought leadership of our experts.

We have offices in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; and New Orleans. Please note that next year we will be moving our headquarters to Industry City, located in Brooklyn, NY. 

What we’re looking to do:

We are building a robust, sophisticated fundraising operation that is dedicated to diversifying our funding streams, securing unrestricted support for our work, and increasing our reserves to ensure long-term institutional sustainability and growth. Through our efforts, we seek to contribute significantly to Vera’s growth and transformation into a nimbler and more resilient organization with the capacity to advance justice reform in more communities across the country.

What you’ll be working on:

As Grant Writer, you will report to the Chief Development Officer and the Senior Grant Writer. You’ll be primarily working with the Senior Grant Writer, contributing significantly to the writing and editing of compelling grant proposals to foundations and government agencies. You’ll work with a highly diverse team and have ample opportunity to assist Vera program staff in developing and transforming program or research ideas into well-organized and persuasive grant proposals. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Compile and prepare required attachments for submission to potential funders.
  • Assist in tracking the progress of grant proposals from submission to final decision.
  • Write progress reports and prepare presentations to communicate the major accomplishments of Vera’s programs and initiatives.
  • Assist in the maintenance of an online grants management database and other related records to track grant deadlines and award requirements.
  • Work with the Chief Development Officer and other staff to prepare key fundraising and donor cultivation materials (including Vera’s Annual Report, funder briefing documents, and more).
  • Assist in identifying and researching foundation and government funder prospects.

About you:

You have a passionate commitment to, and understanding of, Vera’s mission and work. Ideally, you have experience working in a non-profit environment, preferably in a criminal justice/human rights/human services context. You have strong writing skills and at least three years of grant writing experience. In addition:

You have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.

You’re able to show initiative, multi-task, and adapt quickly to changing priorities.

You have experience with Microsoft Office and grants management databases, as well as the ability to learn to use new technologies.

You have a bachelor’s degree (applicants with an associate’s degree and five or more years of grant writing experience will also be considered)


Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

How to apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and dates of availability. PDF format preferred.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Online application is preferred:

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources/Grant Writer

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.

Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

For more information about Vera and its work, please visit .

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