The Trustees

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110


Date Posted:
November 18, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Grant Writer - Boston, MA

The Opportunity.

As a member of the Development team, the Grant Writer reports to the Associate Director of Institutional Partnerships. The person in this position will work closely with the Associate Director and Director to expand grant funding from private foundations and public funders to support all program areas of The Trustees, with an emphasis on Arts and Culture programs. This position will be primarily based in Boston, MA.

Competitive candidates should have prior grant writing experience, preferably within a vibrant nonprofit organization that has a dynamic and wide-ranging mission. We are seeking a team-oriented multitasker who possesses both the intellectual curiosity and the work ethic to keep pace as we deploy your talents across a variety of subject areas, Trustees properties and projects. You will have an opportunity to partner with subject matter experts across horticulture, art, the environment and agriculture. If you are detail oriented, flexible and want to continue to grow professionally then we want to connect with you.

In This Role You Will:

  • Work with the Director to develop and execute an annual plan for identifying, soliciting and retaining grant funders in support of The Trustees program areas.
  • Build collaborative relationships and communicate effectively with The Trustees Program Managers and Business Directors to determine internal goals and objectives and identify grant funding opportunities.
  • Write and guide proposals through the grant process from inception to funding.
  • Prepare grant budgets in coordination with Finance staff to ensure that all budgets and reimbursement requests meet both Trustees’ and funders’ budget guidelines.
  • Research prospective sources of funding to support The Trustees.
  • Initiate preparation and submission of required grant reports in collaboration with Program and Regional staff.
  • Track grant proposals, awards, and reports through Raisers Edge.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.

   Other Information.

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in writing grant proposals and/or RFPs with an increasing record of success.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals and reports.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Strong contributor in team environments with ability to handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising sources.
  • Ability to proactively convene and effectively communicate with multiple internal Program colleagues and Senior Leadership.
  • Excellent computer skills in areas including Internet usage, databases, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Proficiency in Raisers Edge preferred.
  • Position may require travel across the state; access to a personal vehicle required.
  • Flexibility to work some nights and weekends.

Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive pay, The Trustees offers the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across New England who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance with employer premium contributions ranging from 75%-85%
  • Traditional and Roth 401(k) plan with 5% employer match after one year of employment
  • Employer-paid life and disability plans
  • Paid vacation, sick and personal time; thirteen paid holidays; eight early release Fridays
  • Day of Service to travel to another site to work in a division and location other than your own in a fun group project such as reinforcing beach shorebird fences, planting seedlings or bulbs, organizing archival documents, or making phone calls to thank donors
  • Day of Wonder to explore the wonders of any of our Trustees properties
  • Complimentary Member-level access and discounts and 50% discount for Trustees summer camps
  • Reciprocity program offering free and discounted admissions and memberships to more than 50 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions
Apply by:
December 15, 2021
$50,000 - $57,000
About this Organization:

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster.?Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care.?We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.