Grant Writer – Kilimanjaro Education Foundation – New York, NY

Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (KEF),, is a non-profit organization run by volunteers which was established to enrich the education of children in developing African countries. KEF was founded in 2006, is incorporated in New York State and organized as a 501(c)(3). The Foundation strives to improve education and to build school & other educational facilities for underprivileged children in Tanzania and other bordering countries. KEF’s volunteers and directors share in and impart not only the Foundation’s passion for children and education, but also in KEF’s core values of honesty, integrity, creativity and imagination. If you are the type of person who has the uncanny ability to ask for funds and actually get them, you might be interested in this grant writer job description.

Job Summary

The grant writer’s primary responsibility will be for developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, and will persuasively communicate KEF’s mission and programs to potential funders. The candidate will assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines. Candidate must use his/her influential writing skills to seek funding for KEF. The position will report to the Vice President.


• Developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations

•Persuasively communicating the organization’s mission and programs to potential funders;

• Assembling and submitting grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and


• Establishing and maintaining personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers;

• Ensuring prompt acknowledgement of foundation gifts;

• Maintaining calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports;

• Conducting prospect research;

• Prioritizing projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals;

• Providing writing support for major donor and individual contribution letters and acknowledgements;

•Write grant applications that display meticulous grammar and spelling;

•Analyze the feasibility of the project’s budget;

•Research each grant-making association’s guidelines;

•After submitting a grant proposal, keep in contact with each grant-making organization •to check on the progress;

•If requested, submit progress reports to any grant-making organization that has funded a program.


•The successful candidate must be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner.

•Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential.

•Candidates must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly organized, and have experience using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information.

•A high level of computer literacy required, including SalesForce.

•Candidates must possess an ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form. A solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants.

•1 -5 years of relevant experience are required.

How to apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. KEF is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions