A little about us…

We are a statewide grassroots movement organization that fights for political, social, racial, economic and environmental justice. We work at the grassroots to give people a sense of their own power. We collaborate with organizations and coalitions in communities throughout New York to address critical issues at the local, state and federal levels.


We’re looking to add a  Grants Writer to our team. The Grants Writer function is to oversee all foundation-based development efforts, offering support through the entire grant pipeline.




We take pride in hiring staff who share our values & characteristics.

These include:

Passionate about issues of social, racial, economic and environmental justice
Ability to think strategically and creatively to solve problems
A high degree of professionalism and professional maturity
Strong ability to lead a team; lead multiple projects; to fruition and success
Collaborative work style and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and with people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, socio-economic, educational, religious, gender and generational backgrounds
Collaborative work style and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and with people from a variety of backgrounds


Our Process:

The hiring process at our organization has multiple layers and steps to ensure we are hiring the folks that best fit our culture and organizational needs. Please be advised that this process may take up to two months to complete. During this time if you continue through our process, you’ll meet and speak with people from all areas of our organization.


Union Affiliation:

Citizen Action is proud to be a unionized workplace in partnership with Worker Action.  This position is a bargaining unit position.


Who you are and what you’ve accomplished:

Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in grant administration.
Excellent writing skills to produce compelling content in a timely manner;
write effective narrative, clear action plans and capture the stories of our work;
collaborative team player who can both take and give leadership as well as self-motivated independent agent;
maintains high degree of professionalism and confidentiality when handling sensitive information;
highly organized and exceptionally detail-oriented;
skilled at multitasking and able to work in a fast-paced environment with a keen sense of urgency; verifiable history of dependability and trustworthiness; pleasant demeanor and friendly personality.
Must be comfortable using computer systems for tracking data and communicating.


What you’ll do and the impact you’ll make:

Project manage dozens of foundation grants on issues of affordable housing, educational equity, civic engagement, criminal justice reform, climate justice, and other priorities
Write proposals and reports for future and current foundation funders, managing documentation for a multimillion dollar portfolio dedicated to advancing progressive issues in New York State
Track the organization’s work for the purpose of completing grant reports, monitoring progress on completion of deliverables throughout year
Store, organize, and manage grant financial documentation for annual audits, participating in weekly calls to track incoming disbursements and expected income
Maintain the organization’s grants database, including oversight of dozens of deadlines, and ensure that those deadlines are met
Review, edit, and proofread grant documents authored by senior staff, ensuring c3 and c4 compliance in reporting and work performed
Manage senior staff involvement with funders, grant-writing, and proposal development
Research and identify new opportunities for grants to supporting the organization’s work, driving interactions from cold outreach through introductory meetings and LOI submission
Develop and maintain relationships with grant makers on behalf of the organization

Any other duties as required by your supervisor


Supervisory Responsibility:

This position has no supervision responsibility.


Our Benefits:

Working collaboratively in an organization at the forefront of building power across NYS
Competitive salary
100% paid employee monthly medical and vision premiums
Access to mental health and dental plans
401(k) retirement plan
Monthly cell phone stipend
12 organization-paid holidays, generous vacation
Biannual statewide staff meetings


Salary: The salary for this position is $55,000- $65,000 Depending on experience.


This position is 100% remote in NYS, although participation in annual all-staff meetings, occasional fundraising events, and team-building activities is mandatory. Therefore periodic travel is required across New York State as needed. Travel may include multiple day trips and over weekends and overnight.


Please note, all benefits are subject to change.


Citizen Action of NY and The Public Policy and Education Fund are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. We are looking for the most passionate people who want to join our team. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applicants may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under the terms of the ADA and state/local laws. Please let us know if you need assistance participating in the interview process.

To apply for this job email your details to admin@citizenactionny.org