Development and Grant Writer

Rocky Mountain Institute’s Development team seeks a qualified writer to support the team’s fundraising goals through the development of written content for current and prospective individual donors, philanthropic foundations, family offices, bilateral and multi-lateral entities, corporations, and other key stakeholders. This individual will report directly to the Development Marketing Director and will work closely with the Managing Director for Development, front-line fundraisers, and program marketers.     

Roles and Responsibilities 

1. Grant proposal and report writing 

  • Develop General Support and Program-specific proposals for the development team and maintain them with accurate and current information 
  • Invest in learning key program and geographic areas across the institute, working closely with program leadership, internal monitoring and evaluation resources and fundraisers to fine-tune messaging. 
  • Write proposals and reports designed to maximize appeal for specific audiences, both curating content across the institute, drafting for program approval, and editing content for targeted donor audiences 

2. Curate, create and edit content for routine Donor publications: Solutions Journal, Annual Report, and Quarterly Impact Statements  

  • Curate and edit content for donor audiences to demonstrate impact to mission goals.    

3. Develop and update other fundraising assets   

  • These include but are not limited to program memos, two-pagers, web content, appeal letters, acknowledgement letters, email content, or presentation scripts 
  • Assist in the development of fundraising presentations and decks 

4. Advance Development initiatives that strengthen outcome-based messaging and writing across the organization  

  • Seek opportunities to coach and train colleagues on best practices in writing for donors 
  • Develop tools and templates that advance the organization’s capabilities in outcome-based messaging 

5. Advance the more efficient and effective creation of and access to development written products  

  • Develop tools and templates that assist in the overall creation of various written assets 
  • Assist in the creation and ongoing maintenance of the Development team’s digital library 

  Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field  
  • 4+ years of proven successful development and grant writing experience 
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and storytelling skills with demonstrated ability to synthesize large amounts of information into succinct communications 
  • Experience writing for high-net-worth individual donors, institutional and international grant-making foundations, and corporate stakeholders 
  • Background in energy, climate, or environmental topic areas required. 
  • Strong computer literacy, including familiarity with donor databases, Microsoft Office programs, and the Microsoft Suite 

Additional Qualifications: 

  • Positive, collaborative, "can-do" attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and ability to give and receive constructive feedback 
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work under pressure, and multitask in a dynamic environment working under tight deadlines 
  • Proven success at writing a variety of proposals including for philanthropic and multilateral/bilateral donors 



We offer a comprehensive benefits package including: 

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance 
  • 403b retirement options (5% match immediately) 
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability 
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access) 
  • Parental leave 
  • Commuter and wellness benefits 
  • Casual work environment 


The starting salary for this position is $60,500, with potential to earn more which will be discussed and vetted throughout the interview process. This role has an additional 5% bonus target!      


This position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected that this role be located at one of our offices in New York City, Washington D.C., Oakland, CA, Basalt or Boulder, CO. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process. 


Increasing diversity within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. 

As such, it is one of our core values, and we strive for a level of diversity within our organization that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or ability—is critical to our long-term success, ensuring that we: 

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. 
  • Support a culture of inclusion and belonging that only comes through treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation. 
  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities. 


Rocky Mountain Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 



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