Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a global leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through a unique and interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications, the Institute works to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development. The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide. The Institute is engaged in building a more inclusive, transparent and equitable organization.


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Institutional Giving, the Senior Development Associate plays a key role in mobilizing financial resources to support Guttmacher’s strategic objectives. This individual’s primary focus is raising funds to support the Institute’s global activities and its projects in low- and middle-income countries. The Senior Development Associate will write and edit grant proposals and reports; conduct research to identify prospective donors; liaise with representatives of private foundations, government agencies, and multilateral organizations; and play a key role in implementing Guttmacher’s institutional fundraising strategy.



  • Write, edit and format global-focused grant proposals for submission to foundations, government agencies and other institutional donors;
  • Coordinate all aspects of reporting to institutional donors on global-focused grants;
  • Draft donor reports for global-focused grants for submission to institutional donors;
  • Work closely with senior staff in the Research, Public Policy, and Communications & Publications divisions to develop grant proposals;
  • Organize and participate in project development meetings and track project ideas from conceptualization to proposal submission;
  • Generate grant budgets and other materials for submission to donors;
  • Liaise with donor agency representatives as well as other external audiences;
  • Conduct prospect research to identify potential grant funding sources; and
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor, including working on U.S.-focused proposals when needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred;
  • 3-5 years’ experience in preparing successful grant proposals for nonprofit organizations;
  • Exceptional grant writing skills;
  • Ability to construct and analyze project and program budgets;
  • Exceptional analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Sharp attention to detail;
  • Strong initiative and ability to motivate others;
  • Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment and with a multidisciplinary staff of professionals;
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or another customer relationship management (CRM) software a plus;
  • Knowledge of or experience in social sciences and/or reproductive health, rights, and justice a plus; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion practices in a workplace environment a plus.


Salary and benefits

Salary starting at $73,000 to mid $80k and will be commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time, paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.