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Job Application

The California Student Sustainability Coalition, a project of the Earth Island Institute, is hiring a Grant Writer to research grants, write grants, and help coordinate CSSC’s grant application process.

Grant Writer Activities

The following activities draw from current operations and are subject to change depending on the organization’s growth and development. The Grant Writer works in coordination with the Finance Committee.

Write Grant Proposals

  • Research at least two of either existing or future funding opportunities.
  • Present Finance Committee with a summary of grant applications, pros and cons, and potential connections CSSC may have.
  • Develop and write at least one mini or small grant proposal to a foundation or other grant-making organization.
  • Persuasively communicate CSSC’s mission and campaigns to potential funders.

Coordinate Funding Calendar

  • Work with supervisor(s) to maintain the funding calendar and ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.


  • The Grant Writer will report directly to the supervisor(s) and provide a weekly progress log.
  • The weekly progress log will include information about the status of in-progress grant proposals and foundation research.
  • The Grant Writer will be expected to participate in Finance Committee calls every other week.
  • All staff are expected to submit an exit report at the end of their tenure with CSSC.


  • A successful candidate will be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner. Although prior grant writing experience is not required, experience in fundraising for student leadership/training programs, climate justice campaigns, and social justice efforts is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are required.
  • Detail-oriented and highly-organized .
  • Understanding of equity and social justice is required. You must be able to communicate with a broad range of people and institutions confidently and effectively, with a critical analysis of power, privilege, race, class and gender.
  • Strategic thinking and an “opportunity mindset” is required. You will need to identify possibilities and navigate complex funding and movement landscapes. Diplomatic skills and good judgement are required.
  • Experience in self-management and remote-working is strongly preferred.


The Grant Writer is considered a part-time temporary staff position, and is eligible for academic internship credit or transcript notation, depending on the needs of the applicant. This position’s responsibilities can be fulfilled remotely from any location in California, and the selected candidate will be expected to have reliable access to internet and a phone. This position also requires travel to overnight leadership retreats and events up to four times each year.


Starting pay begins at $15/hr. Health insurance is not offered for this position. Vacation and sick time is negotiable through communication with the supervisor. We are committed to the personal and professional growth of all staff.

Application Process and Timeline

Position is open until filled. Applicant review will begin 11/8/2017.

Please send cover letter and resume to Lauren Jabusch at

The California Student Sustainability Coalition is a project of the Earth Island Institute.

The Earth Island Institute is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, low-income persons, LGBT persons, differently-abled people, and other people from diverse backgrounds. People from these and other historically marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply.