State Policy Network

Institute for Justice

Development Writer

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Development
  • Location: 901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22203
  • Application Deadline: August 28, 2020


The Institute for Justice seeks an experienced writer to join our growing fundraising team as they work to raise the Institute’s $30 million budget annually. This position is ideal for a motivated self-starter who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and is focused on producing results. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of producing compelling, action-oriented narratives for variety of audiences and be able to manage a growing portfolio of general operating and project-specific grants.


  • Draft grant proposals, reports, and other documents for both professionally staffed foundations and smaller, family foundations
  • Manage and grow an extensive portfolio of general operating support grants as well as select project-specific grants
  • Identify and follow through on new foundation support
  • Review grant agreements for these grants to ensure the provisions are attainable and in line with what we proposed
  • Review grant deliverables to ensure that we’re on track to meet all promised outputs and outcomes; track and update progress through the life cycle of the grant
  • Identify top growth prospects; develop and execute a strategy to increase donor support
  • Draft and send other documents and correspondence, maximizing potential for new and increased support


  • Proven ability to distill complex information into easy-to-understand, persuasive narratives
  • Strong philosophical commitment to promoting individual liberty and challenging government abuse
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize, problem-solve, and meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to producing error-free work
  • Ability to build relationships with staff, donors, and others
  • Command of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams)
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus

Salary is commensurate with experience. The Institute for Justice offers full health, dental, and life insurance benefits; a retirement savings plan; and the opportunity to work with high-performing individuals in a collaborative, collegial, positive work environment.

How to apply

Please click here and submit a resume and a cover letter detailing how your experience will ensure success in this position along with two to three brief writing samples of 2- to 3-pages each (letters of inquiry and excerpts of proposals or grant reports are encouraged).

No phone calls, please.

Institute for Justice
Arlington, VA