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Grant Writer

Chinese-American Planning Council

Salary Info:

Salary range of $55,000 - $65,000



Founded in 1965, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) aims to promote the social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities. Today, CPC is the nation's largest Asian American social services agency and offers more than 50 programs at over 35 sites throughout New York City, including early childhood education, school-age care, youth services, workforce development, community services, and senior services. CPC strives to be the premier social service and leadership development organization. In 2017, CPC launched Advancing Our CommUNITY, its organization-wide strategy to expand services to address persistent needs and emerging trends and to improve leadership skills among staff and community members. In 2021, CPC served over 125,000 individuals and families from all 56 community districts of New York City by providing high-quality learning opportunities for all ages, offering personalized social resources, and developing their career paths. This summer, CPC was recognized as the number one Chinese American organization in New York City to recommend to a Chinese immigrant looking for in-language and culturally competent resources according to a recent survey. This accomplishment is a testament to the incredible work and dedication of our staff. (For more information, please visit:


The Grant Writer is responsible for writing effective fundraising materials to help secure grants and contracts to sustain CPC's $52 million annual budget. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, and aligned with CPC's annual fundraising plan, the Grant Writer works closely with the entire development team and program staff to ensure reports, proposals, and responses to request for proposals (RFPs) are written and processed in a timely manner.

A successful candidate possesses strong written and verbal communication skills. The candidate must successfully work with diverse program staff members and demonstrate culturally competent interpersonal skills. The position requires flexibility to adapt to project deadlines, to shift tasks and priorities when needed, and maintain diplomacy within tight deadlines. As a hands-on resource to the Institutional Advancement team, the Grant Writer will have considerable exposure to CPC's 50+ social service programs that help improve the lives of the low-income and immigrant families in New York City. CPC seeks individuals with demonstrated focus and dedication needed to complete large scale, complex writing projects with accuracy and efficiency.


  • Write grant proposals and reports for a range of audiences including foundations, corporations and government agencies in a timely and accurate manner, effectively communicating CPC's multifaceted mission and case for support.
  • In collaboration with program directors, support development of program design, logic models, forms, budgets and other required attachments in line with RFP requirements.
  • Work with development and program staff members to collect outcomes, data, evaluations and other required documentation for effective reporting to the funder.
  • Conduct research about funding opportunities and potential donors; develop summaries for review by executive and board leadership on prospect highlights and analysis.
  • Research successful evidence-based program models, emerging policy, and fundraising trends to support thoughtful and competitive grants and program projects.
  • Submit grants through government portals of NYC PASSPort, NYS Grants Gateway, and federal, and via private foundation and corporate grant portals. Submit mailed proposal submissions when required.
  • Write articles for the newsletter, website and annual reports, prepare packages for the promotion of the agency, including donor letters, one sheets and requested information.
  • Assist with day-to-day fundraising administration related to grant progress (e.g., scheduling grant review meetings, organizing documentation and timelines, attending meetings, as appropriate).
  • Track and monitor all assigned project deadlines and progress, including timely budget spend down and funder calls, emails, meetings and follow up. Keep team apprised of status.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce is preferred but not required.
  • Partner with special events and Individual Giving team members to support agency fundraising goals. Work with the development team to update the Fundraising Plan.
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree required. Master's degree in fundraising, journalism, English, literature, library sciences or related field a plus.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years experience in fundraising, development, journalism, technical writing, grant writing or equivalent experience.


  • Excellent oral and written communication, critical thinking and writing skills including the ability to translate agency goals, program design concepts, research and policy language into accessible, compelling, and well-written materials.
  • Advanced project management skills: exceptional organizational and time management skills, ability to take direction and initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize effectively. Excellent attention to detail and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Office 365.
  • A familiarity with and a strong desire to develop resources for social services programs preferred.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and effectively interact with people across cultures, ranges of ability, genders, ages, ethnicities, and races.
  • Proficiency in Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish is a plus but not required.


  • This is a salary exempt role with an annual salary range of $55,000 - $65,000.
  • CPC offers excellent and comprehensive benefits including, but not limited to, generous paid time off, Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance Coverage, and 403b Retirement Plan.


CPC is mandating COVID-19 Vaccines for all employees. Successful applicants for this position must have received or be willing to receive the vaccine by the date of hire as a condition of employment. All staff members must comply with CPCs COVID Safety Protocols, which are available at

How to Apply:

Individuals interested should submit their resume, a cover letter addressed to Elizabeth Hendler, Director of Institutional Advancement, AND 2-3 writing samples when applying online at: or selected internet job boards. All documents should be submitted as one (1) single PDF.

CPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CPC values a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC, immigrants, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

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