Grants Associate/Officer

Posted September 20, 2019

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is seeking a highly-organized and team-oriented individual to join the SAR team as a grants associate/officer.

Position summary

This is new position will support SAR’s program and fundraising efforts by providing primary drafting and reporting on concept notes, proposals, applications and reporting on grants from foundations, government agencies, corporations, and other institutional funding partners. This position reports to the Development Officer, Deputy Director, and Executive Director. The position requires excellent research, writing, and organizational skills, attention to detail and judgment. It is ideal for a proactive individual with excellent writing skills who takes initiative and would like to make a major contribution to SAR, an international human rights movement focused on free inquiry and expression. The position requires timely and professional communication with SAR/NYU staff and grant sponsors.

This is a full-time, at-will position on an open-ended term, subject to program priorities, exemplary performance, and availability of funds. The position offers a salary comparable to similar positions at peer organizations in the human rights/NGO field. Scholars at Risk in an independent not-for-profit corporation hosted at New York University (NYU). SAR staff are NYU employees seconded to SAR. As seconded NYU employees, staff are eligible for NYU employee benefits, including generous vacation leave and holidays; medical, dental, vision and life insurance options; and retirement benefits (all subject to terms established by NYU as described at

70% – Research and writing grant proposals, concept notes, reports. Develop ownership over primary researching and drafting high-quality, highly tailored letters of interest, concept notes, proposals, applications, and grant reports for review with the Executive Director prior to submission to sponsors. Manage vetting and iterative editing processes with multiple stakeholders in the writing process; review, revise, and edit documents before they receive final approval. Manage comprehensive calendar and tracking of grant prospects, proposals, grants awarded, required outputs and restrictions, grant reporting, and renewal/new proposal deadlines. Coordinate grant reporting, including collecting and integrating necessary information from across program teams; develop related financial reports in cooperation with SAR and NYU administrative/budgets staff. Manage related administrative tasks including expense reports, accounts payable items, timekeeping, correspondence, calendar scheduling, and travel arrangements. Collaborate with a number of SAR program teams to coordinate related meetings and projects. Time permitting, identify and research new sources of institutional grant funds.

30% – General development activities. Assist the Development Officer on general development activities relating to other grant and non-grant sources, including outreach to individual donor prospects; individual online and postal campaigns; production of development-related materials (including annual report); development-related events; development-related communications with the SAR Board and Board meetings; etc.


  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Excellent research and oral and written communication skills in English with excellent copy-editing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail, initiative, and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, and to digest complex information in diverse subjects (all SAR program areas) and translate information and knowledge into effective fundraising documents
  • Ability to build and maintain strong, trusting internal relationships within and across teams
  • Must be able to manage iterative writing and editing processes with a range of stakeholders
  • Discretion concerning sensitive and confidential donor information is required

How To Apply

Apply by emailing the requested materials ((1) a letter of interest, (2) resume, (3) list of references or letters of reference, and (4) a brief, unedited writing sample) to Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. No phone calls or email inquiries, please.

SAR/NYU is an equal opportunity employer. SAR/NYU does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, unemployment status, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply. (Regrettably, SAR is not able to sponsor work-eligible visas.)

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