Foundation Officer / Senior Grant Writer
Heifer International - United States

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The Foundation Officer will prepare and write grants, concept papers, proposals and reports to help secure major funding for Heifer’s work from a variety of private donors, including foundations, corporations, organizations and high net worth individuals. The position will work closely with the Programs Division to understand their mission and funding needs and translate those needs into compelling ideas and documents that produce results. The Foundation Officer will also meet with foundation staff to secure new grant opportunities. Finally, the Foundation Officer will assist with presentations and case statements that articulate Heifer’s model, mission and value proposition for sophisticated donors. This position may be headquartered in Little Rock, AR or a remote home office depending on the final hiring decision.


  • Serve as writer on major private grants, in close coordination with the Director of Foundations.
  • Present proposals to internal and external audiences to help build and maintain funding relationships.
  • Cultivate new grant making opportunities. Meet with existing and new foundation staff to secure invitations to submit grants. Steward existing relationships as needed.
  • Work with International Programs and Country Offices as they design programs and then “package” that design into compelling proposals.
  • Work with major gifts officers, Corporate Relations officers and others to prepare and submit presentations, case statements and proposals to private donors. Work with these same parties to provide timely and compelling reports that meet donor reporting requirements.
  • Provide organizing and editing skills as required for proposal development.
  • Work with Production, Programs Division and Finance to ensure budgets and financial reports are produced according to funders’ formats and submitted as required by donors.
  • Attend conferences, programs and trainings hosted by institutional funders for Foundation Relations as appropriate.
  • Serve on Heifer International committees, task forces and cross-functional teams as related to Foundation Relations or as assigned.
  • Coordinate special projects as assigned by the Director of Foundations.
  • May perform other job related responsibilities as assigned.
  • Minimum Requirements:

    Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications or related field, plus five (5) years of related experience.

    Preferred Requirements:
    • Master’s degree preferred.
    • Demonstrable knowledge of community development, hunger and poverty and/or food securities desirable.
    • Working knowledge of Spanish desirable.
    • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills required.
    • International work experience desirable.
    Most Critical Proficiencies:
    • Excellent written English-language skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to practice diplomacy and tact with diverse groups of people.
    • Knowledge of the non-profit sector with awareness of the context in which non-profit organizations operate.
    • Strong analytical skills including: ability to synthesize complex or diverse
    • information; collect and research data; ability to use intuition and experience to complement data; design effective work flows and procedures.
    • Superlative problem solving skills: identifies and resolves problems in a timely
    • manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; uses reason even when dealing with difficult topics.
    • Strong knowledge of philanthropy and private grant-making entities (especially foundations and corporations).
    • Knowledge of computers as a tool for word processing, communications and organizing.
    • Ability to train, coach, model and mentor proposal development and writing skills.
    • Knowledge of and commitment to sustainable, community-based development, issues related to hunger, poverty and agriculture.
    Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
    • Ability to maintain sensitive or confidential information.
    • Values Teamwork: balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits
    • openness and flexibility and contributes to building a positive team spirit. Ability to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives.
    • Ability to think strategically, organize, prioritize and write well under pressure.
    • Self-motivated – sets and achieves challenging goals for self; demonstrates
    • persistence and overcomes obstacles.
    • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public.
    • May require constant sitting; working at a computer for extended periods of time.
    • Ability to write clearly and persuasively.
    • Willingness and ability to travel approximately 20% of the time.
    • Excellent organizational skills including impeccable attention to detail.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

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