Grants Writer and Editor at Data Society Research Institute


$55,000 - $65,000/year

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Grants Writer and Editor


Data & Society is an independent nonprofit research organization, studying the social implications of data-centric technologies and automation. We recognize that the same innovative technologies that may benefit society can also be abused to invade privacy, provide new tools of discrimination, foreclose opportunities, and harm individuals and communities. Through original research and inclusive engagement, we work to ensure that empirical evidence and respect for human dignity guide how technology is developed and governed.

About the Grants Writer and Editor

This position is a vital part of the growing Development Team, providing key support to the Associate Director of Development (ADD) and the Major Gifts Officer (MGO) in all of their fundraising activities.

The Grants Writer & Editor role will help translate the mission and research of Data & Society for funders and donors. This will include working with researchers identifying funding sources, drafting applications and other materials that accurately describe the project and its potential impacts, and showing how it aligns with a funder’s objectives. Duties will range from researching foundation and government funding databases, writing for fundraising communications, drafting proposals and reports, and working with the development team on new fundraising strategies.

This position would suit someone who has strong written and verbal communication skills and excellent research skills. This Grants Writer & Editor role will also gain insight into the fundraising strategies and long-term planning of a nonprofit organization to ensure fiscal sustainability.



  • Prepare proposals by determining concept, gathering and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals;
  • Determine proposal concepts by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs, studying requests for proposal (RFPs), and attending strategy meetings;
  • Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and submission;
  • Coordinate requirements with researchers and staff, and contribute proposal status information to proposal meetings;
  • Gather proposal information by identifying sources of information, coordinating submissions and collections, and identifying and communicating risks associated with proposals;
  • Produce persuasive and compelling communications pieces for digital campaigns, concept notes, and new proposals;
  • Maintain quality results by: using templates; following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone; maintaining the proposal support database;
  • Obtain approvals by reviewing proposals with the Associate Director of Development and relevant staff; 
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to develop a deep understanding of the mission, programs, and values of Data & Society; and
  • Improve proposal-writing results by evaluating and re-designing processes, approach, coordination, and boilerplate language.


Organization Values and Participation 

  • Actively participate in programs and professional development opportunities that work to ensure we continue our commitment to building an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory organization;
  • Attend all-organization activities such as staff meetings, retreats, town halls, listening sessions, workshops, and training; and
  • Contribute to advancing culture and equity at Data & Society through participation in ad-hoc or ongoing working groups, reading groups, and other activities as other responsibilities allow.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or 2-3 years of development experience;
  • Superior writing, editing, and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Proficiency with Google Office required; 
  • Previous experience working in academia, tech industry, government, nonprofits, or civil society organizations is a plus;
  • Strong project organizational skills, and accountability to agreed-upon deadlines;
  • Detail-oriented and used to tracking multiple priorities simultaneously; and
  • Experience using Salesforce, or other fundraising databases for development.


Core Competencies

  • Inclusiveness and commitment to organizational transparency and accountability;
  • Building coalitions;
  • Communication across all organizational levels and teams;
  • Cultural humility;
  • Conflict resolution;
  • Managing complexity; and
  • Effective diplomatic skills, good judgment, and discretion.


Reporting Relationships 

The Grants Writer and Editor will report to the Associate Director of Development.


Practical Considerations 

  1. Data & Society has committed to safety requirements to protect our staff from the COVID-19 pandemic. We require that prospective employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before joining our organization. Please note that any reasonable accommodation request is not guaranteed to be approved, and we will comply with ADA-related requirements to evaluate the accommodation against business needs.
  2. This is currently a full-time remote position in the development department with an expected start date in March 2023. Data & Society is based in New York City, and will for the foreseeable future operate as a Remote-First organization. While this role will start as completely virtual, it may involve onsite components in the future. 
  3. The salary range for this role is $55k-$65k. This salary offer will include a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance and access to a range of opt-in products and services including additional insurance and 401k management as well as paid time off, and paid federal holidays.
  4. You must be eligible to work in the United States; we are unable to sponsor visas. 


To apply, please submit the following items: 

  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in this role, and why you would be a good fit for this position. 
  2. Your resume/CV is required.
  3. An approximately 2-page writing sample preferably of a past grant proposal.


The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from BiPOC, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 18, 2023. Please feel free to contact us at should you have any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.

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