Senior Grant Writer and Donor Stewardship Officer

Location: San Francisco

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Informed by more than six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation’s programs—inclusive economic growth, women’s empowerment and gender equality, environment and climate action, good governance, and regional cooperation—address critical issues affecting Asia and the Pacific in the 21st century. Together with our partners, we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Resource Development unit seeks a senior grant writer and donor stewardship officer.

The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years in proposal writing, program design, reviewing proposals from country offices, and writing materials for an external audience. In drafting and/or reviewing draft proposals, the senior grant writer and donor stewardship officer is expected to be well-versed in the Foundation’s core programmatic theme areas, as well as have knowledge of current issues, events, trends, and practices pertaining to corporate, foundation, and other private-sector partnerships. The senior grant writer and donor stewardship officer is also expected to be experienced in designing and writing proposals, have an understanding of the philanthropic landscape as it pertains to international development and a demonstrated passion for The Asia Foundation’s mission. The candidate demonstrates creative thinking and a teamwork approach to achieve a common vision.

Summary of Responsibilities

The senior grant writer and donor stewardship officer will work closely and cross-functionally with the Foundation’s country offices, Program Specialists Group, Global Communications, and other key units to develop program-related proposals, donor reports, program summaries, marketing collateral, and fundraising materials for corporate and foundation donors.

This position will serve as a lead writer for the technical approach areas related to the sectors in which The Asia Foundation works including women’s empowerment, economic development, environmental sustainability, governance, regional cooperation, and other areas; collaborate with program specialists and other subject matter experts to develop the technical strategy; develop proposal content that is in line with solicitation requirements; and revise drafts in response to feedback from the proposal team and other reviewers. They will ensure that proposals are written in clear and convincing language, and will review and edit technical approaches, work/implementation plans, management plans, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans, institutional capacity statements, and past performance sections. In writing proposals, the senior grant writer and donor stewardship officer will engage and advise country office staff, Asia Foundation program specialists, and external experts in program design.

As part of the proposal development process, the senior grant writer and donor stewardship officer will also work with country office finance staff to review proposal budgets. He/she may manage proposal development processes, conduct literature and industry or sector research related to proposals and donors, and lead proposal development teams for competitive proposals. The senior grant writer and donor stewardship officer will also play a lead role in reviewing and editing progress reports submitted to donors. He/she will collaborate with Resource Development colleagues, country offices, program specialists, and the Global Communications team in developing other external communication materials which highlight stories of impact, especially of key strategic programs with private sector support. They will also lead writing of project summaries submitted quarterly to the Foundation’s board of trustees.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in the field of international development or relevant field. Bachelor’s degree in a related area, ideally in International Development, International Relations, Political Science, Public Policy, or Asian Studies.
  • Three to five years of end-to-end experience in writing compelling proposals for private sector donors, particularly for foundations and corporations, including a clear understanding of donor strategies and priorities, key roles and responsibilities on a proposal development team, and proven capacity to deliver high quality, winning proposals.
  • Specialized experience and/or training in the Foundation’s key sectoral and technical focus areas, particularly in women’s empowerment, economic development, and environmental sustainability is highly preferred.
  • Strong program design and technical writing, particularly on proposals and concept notes.  Ability to write persuasively, clearly, and concisely, to synthesize information from multiple sources into a single, effective fundraising document.
  • Ability to create visually effective communication materials, including PowerPoint, incorporating photos and graphic design.
  • Interest in The Asia Foundation including its vision, mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Familiarity with a donor database, preferably Raiser’s Edge, is recommended.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally when The Asia Foundation’s regular travel policies resume.
  • Flexibility in work hours and availability some evenings and weekends.