Institutional Giving Writer

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

Location is flexible, ideally in EDF’s New York or Washington D.C office. 


Overall Function


The Institutional Giving Writer will work with the rapidly growing IG team to prepare proposals, reports, briefings, letters of inquiry and other written materials to cultivate and secure funding from foundations and government funders for EDF’s programs.

This new position is part of the Institutional Giving team within EDF’s Development Department.  The Development Department raises 90% of EDF’s $200M+ budget annually; the Institutional Giving team is responsible for raising about half of the department’s revenue. 


The IG Writer reports to the Associate Director of Institutional Giving.


Key Responsibilities

  • Utilizing exceptional writing and editing skills, draft compelling, high quality, polished documents (including, but not limited to, proposals, reports, briefings, letters of inquiry and summary documents) for foundation and government funders, drawing from multiple source documents and writers.  
  • Identify needs for documents, including assessing and resolving gaps and other issues in program content, framing, and donor positioning.
  • Interpret and follow institutional donors’ frameworks and requirements for articulation of EDF programs, particularly logic model and other program planning/design frameworks.
  • Manage document and process flow, ensuring deadlines are met with high-quality products.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively and extensively with development and program staff in carrying out tasks and responsibilities, including with geographically-dispersed colleagues. 


  • Bachelor’s degree with a preferred background in Environmental Studies / Science / English /Communications / Political Science or other relevant major.
  • Minimum of six years’ demonstrated success in non-profit grant writing or technical writing.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues and/or related science issues strongly preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and computer literacy.
  • Ability to quickly grasp and translate complicated subject matter.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, working well with a wide range of colleagues across geographies.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, planning, project management and organizational skills.
  • Well-organized self-starter able to work as a strong team player as well as independently.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, Environmental Defense Fund’s mission.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.