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ChildSight Grant Writer

Helen Keller Internaitonal
Location: New York, NY
Last Date: December 31, 2010

ChildSight® Grant Writer
Helen Keller International

ChildSight® Grant Writer – Development
New York, NY

Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI offers programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. The organization combats the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research. Each year, their programs directly benefit millions of people, and children are a primary concern. HKI programs address malnutrition, cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis, refractive error and diabetic retinopathy. HKI has nearly 600 staff and a worldwide annual budget of over $45 million and is seeking a Grant Writer.

Scope of the Position:
The Grant Writer is part of a 9-member Development and Communications team, and reports directly to the Vice President of Development and Communications. The main focus is supporting HKI’s ChildSight® program, which offers free vision screening and eyeglasses to public school students in various sites around the country.
The Grant Writer works with Program and Development senior staff to establish strategies to maintain and enhance financial support of program goals. Primary responsibilities include identifying, researching, cultivating, soliciting, and providing stewardship for new sources of funding, as well as sustaining and renewing existing sources. Specific tasks include crafting and writing letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, budgets, and reports as well as maintaining a database that tracks prospects and submissions.

The Grant Writer works closely with the ChildSight® program team, including regional staff located at offices around the country, to gather information needed for reporting on the program’s outcomes and challenges and to coordinate the timely submission of materials. This position serves as a monitor and mentor for program field staff that do not have direct development experience.

• Bachelor’s degree required;
• Minimum of five years experience working in development;
• Superior writing skills;
• Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines;
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to synthesize information from diverse sources;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Extensive experience researching funders, including national corporations and foundations, local sources, and major donors;
• Experience, patience and comfort in dealing with a diverse range of people;
• Personal commitment to HKI’s mission and goals;
• Computer literacy and familiarity with Word, Excel, and Outlook.

To Apply:
Qualified candidates are invited to send a cover letter and résumé, including current salary and salary requirements, via email to:, with a copy to, noting “Grant Writer-CS” as the subject heading. Only qualified candidates meeting our requirements will be contacted.

HKI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. No phone calls or faxes. No agencies.


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