Senior Grants Writer - America's Future

May 19, 2021

Senior Grants Writer

Institute for Humane Studies
May 19, 2021
Arlington, VA or Virtual Office, United States of America
Job Type


Senior Grants Writer
Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA or Virtual Office

About the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University:
The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) supports and partners with university professors working within the classical liberal intellectual tradition. Our vision is that higher education becomes a place where the open exchange of ideas flourishes, and where ideas within the classical liberal tradition are regularly taught, discussed, challenged, and developed so that they inform scholarly and public discourse on the key challenges facing a free society.

Each year, IHS provides thousands of aspiring and established professors graduate student fellowships, career development support, research funding, and support for on-campus student programs. Most importantly, through its scholarly convenings IHS connects these scholars to one another to form a diverse and growing community of thought leaders advancing ideas essential to the good society—a pluralistic and tolerant society in which individuals and communities flourish in a context of openness, dignity, equality, and freedom.

About this position:
IHS seeks an experienced, talented, and philosophically committed writer to join our fundraising team. Ideal candidates see writing as their craft and relish the opportunity to write succinctly to make an effective point. This person will be adept at assuming an organization’s or individual’s voice and have a knack for producing high-quality, written materials. He or she will thrive in a collaborative environment and be comfortable with constructive feedback. The ideal candidate will also have a deep philosophical appreciation for classical liberal thought and for advancing the ideas of freedom in America's colleges and universities. 

The Senior Grants Writer works closely with and reports to the Director of Foundation Relations.  Our office is located in Arlington, VA, but we will consider candidates who prefer to work virtually, provided they are able to make periodic trips to the office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Write and edit grant proposals, reports, thank you letters, and other materials that motivate and inform IHS donors
  • Collaborate and improve the development team’s internal communications systems and processes to better serve our donors
  • Manage a select number of foundation accounts, assuming responsibility for communications and grant-writing
  • Work with multiple teams including development, marketing, finance, and senior leaders to gather information of interest to donors and ensure uniform quality of voice and content 

Requirements include:

  • 5+ years of professional experience in fundraising, journalism, communications, speech writing, or a related field
  • A motivating appreciation for the mission and work of the Institute for Humane Studies
  • Demonstrated and superior writing, research, and editing skills
  • A proven ability to work independently, accept and give constructive feedback, prioritize and manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail, including editing skills and familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Preferred qualifications include: at least two years of grant-writing experience, familiarity with tracking deliverables in a CRM such as Salesforce, and a background in development, fundraising, or customer relations.

We have a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional growth. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. IHS provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health and dental insurance premium for individuals), health savings accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit and 12 free tuition credit hours annually at George Mason University.

Application Instructions
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter, which should detail your philosophical interest in advancing IHS’ mission
  • Résumé
  • At least two relevant writing samples you feel offer a good example of your style and quality of writing

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Network Engagement Strategist at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

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