Job Opportunity: Proposal Writer – World Resources Institute

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The World Resources Institute’s Forests Program is seeking a full-time, independent, well-organized, and detail oriented Proposal Writer to provide research and writing support to the Global Director of the Forests Program. The Proposal Writer will be responsible for supporting the development of fundraising materials primarily for U.S. and foreign government agencies as well as providing additional research support for the program. The position provides a valuable growth opportunity to learn about environment and US and international development policy, institutional and fundraising strategy, and donor cultivation and stewardship. The ideal candidate will have strong multi-tasking and project management skills, and a proven ability to deliver under pressure against tight deadlines. S/he will be very detail-oriented, a quick study and a self-starter, and possess excellent written and verbal communications and interpersonal skills.


Primary responsibilities for this position include the following:

  • Draft and edit compelling fundraising materials including proposals, letters of inquiry, donor reports and presentations, etc.;
  • Research and track fundraising opportunities with foundations, US and foreign government agencies
  • Track and report on political developments relevant to major donor countries and agencies;
  • Coordinate fundraising activities with other programs and with WRI’s development department;
  • Perform web-based research and literature reviews;
  • Provide additional targeted research support to the Global Director of Forests as needed.

The position requires a detail-oriented, highly organized individual with at least 2-3 years of experience in fundraising and proposal writing. Additional qualifications and skills include:

  • Prior experience in proposal development and grants/contract management, specifically with U.S. and foreign government funders;
  • The ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities and to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style;
  • Superior writing and editing skills with written and spoken fluency in a second language such as French, Indonesian, Spanish, or Portuguese also considered a plus.
  • Undergraduate degree in environmental policy, natural resource management, sustainable development, geography, or other relevant field required;
  • Proficiency in MS Office required;
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of forest science and policy a plus.

Candidates will be required to submit a writing sample.

Final candidates will be required to take a writing test.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package

Location: Washington, DC

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered. 

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.


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