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Grant Writer and Development Administrator  

Salary – £28,000 – £35,000 depending on experience

The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a fast-growing and dynamic international relations focused Think Tank – is looking to fill the new role of Grant Writer and Development Administrator.

HJS depends for its success on income from grant-givers and private donors. The purpose of the role includes preparing grant applications for submission, providing reports to grant-givers as necessary, and overseeing the administration which supports these activities, e.g. the CRM database, donor correspondence, and working with the COO on financial reporting for both grant-givers and private donors.

With colleagues in the research, communications & policy departments to assist, you will be playing the lead role in managing all grant writing efforts, as well as developing our wider donor communication efforts.

This position is an opportunity for an ambitious and well-rounded individual to work in a pivotal and challenging role where no two days are the same, and which provides the opportunity for career growth in an organisation evolving domestically and internationally.

Main Duties:

  • Liaise with the Senior Management Team (SMT) to learn about potential fundraising leads;
  • Research grant-giving trusts and foundations for eligibility;
  • With support of the research team and SMT, and in liaison with COO, prepare grant applications;
  • Maintain detailed records relating to grant applications;
  • Prepare and submit timely progress reports to grant-givers;
  • Use the contact database to support all fundraising activities as appropriate
  • Assist with records management;
  • Assist with maintaining regular written contact with donors (approx. 4 times annually);
  • Assist with carrying out a review of the existing database;
  • Assist with implementing improvements of database towards creating a fully functioning Customer Relationship Management system (CRM);
  • Oversee and carry out data input and management;
  • Liaise with the Operations Manager and other staff to ensure compliance with GDPR;
  • Help organise and staff occasional fundraising-related events.
  • Any ad hoc tasks as required.

Person Specification:

The ideal candidate will be a highly-organised self-starter with excellent written English and the ability to proactively seek out funding opportunities. They will have:

  • A post-graduate degree in international relations, politics, economics, history or related disciplines;
  • A proven track record of success in soliciting and managing five and six figure grants to help HJS reach our ambitious goals;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Excellent administrative, organisational and planning skills;
  • Proficiency in MS Office packages;
  • Proficiency in working with CRM systems e.g. Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce;
  • Ability to work unsupervised;
  • Ability to manage time and workload effectively;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to multi-task.
  • Experience of Data Protection issues
  • Empathy and strong understanding of HJS’s ideals expected;
  • Experience of the not-for-profit sector;
  • Knowledge of a relevant foreign language desirable.

Closing date – Friday 23rd February 2018.

To view the job description for the role please click here

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter, including salary expectations, together with two examples of your writing (if available), to Dr Alan Mendoza at