Grants Manager

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Organizational Overview:

Friends of the Children’s goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty for the highest priority youth in our community. We do this through a 12 ½ year program that emphasizes development of socioemotional assets and the skills to succeed in postsecondary programs and sustainable careers.

Friends of the Children is at an exciting point in our trajectory. We have completed a year-long racial equity initiative, in partnership with the Center for Equity & Inclusion, and are poised to transform our organization through the development and implementation of a staff-driven equity action plan. Additionally, we have just launched a five-year strategic plan that sharpens our programmatic focus on supporting long-term self-sufficiency for our program graduates.

Position Overview:

We are seeking a talented Grants Manager to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals.

The Grants Manager oversees the organization’s efforts to secure more than $1.6 million in annual foundation, corporate, and public grants. The Grants Manager must apply detailed project management skills to ensure the effective coordination of annual grant writing efforts, must maintain extensive knowledge about the Friends of the Children’s program and strategic goals, and must utilize that knowledge to optimally position the organization for grant opportunities.

If these statements and skills describe you, please apply:

  • You are centered in racial equity.  
  • You love writing and are energized by the challenge of aligning your communication goals with varied audiences.
  • You are excited by the opportunity to build and sustain funder relationships.

Friends of the Children offers our employees an excellent work environment that includes:

  • Respect for work-life balance, with flexibility in managing your daily schedule.
  • An emphasis on collaboration and shared leadership, where all staff are expected to participate in developing and furthering key organizational goals.
  • Generous benefits package.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with leadership team to establish annual grant strategies in accord with organizational needs.
  • Provide leadership in aligning proposed program initiatives and enhancements with trends and opportunities in the foundation, corporate, and public funding sectors.
  • Create and manage annual grants plans: develop and track progress against revenue plan to ensure targets are met; identify major prospects, assign projects, and track stewardship of key funders. 
  • Supervise Grant Writer: ensure consistency in grant narratives, outcome measurements, and budgets; provide guidance on project development to maximize revenue potential; provide training, feedback and professional development opportunities; ensure effective grant-tracking system is maintained, deadlines are met, and progress reporting occurs as required. 
  • Function as the organizational representative for major grant contracts; prepare senior staff for participation in funder meetings.
  • Collaborate with Program and Finance departments to develop narrative content and budgets for proposals.
  • Maintain grant project portfolio averaging 5-7 projects per month.
  • Serve as an engaged and effective member of the Development team; contribute to overall organizational fundraising strategy outside of grants.
  • Proactively seek out prospective new grant funders; lead team on developing new funder relationships.
  • Serve as a member of the extended leadership team and contribute to advancing a strong organizational culture of shared leadership, inclusiveness, and accountability.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to synthesize complex information into clear and persuasive written content.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships and work effectively with a wide variety of constituencies, including direct reports, other staff, program children, organizational supporters, current and potential donors, Board members, and community partners.
  • Experience with, or thorough understanding of, program evaluation components and outcomes in order to incorporate such information and metrics in grant requests, reporting and renewals.
  • Exceptional analytical as well as intuitive abilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, including the ability to conceive of, plan, organize and carry out ideas and programs through self and others, and routinely meet deadlines.  
  • Excellent attention to detail, advanced knowledge of English usage and grammar rules, and ability to edit others’ work.
  • Strong computer skills, and strong understanding of financial principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and effectively solve problems.
  • Ability to represent, effectively and professionally, the organization to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to ensure follow through on stewardship and grant agreement accountabilities; ability to effectively ensure follow through from colleagues outside of grants team.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in related field.
  • Minimum of five years of job-related experience, in progressively responsible roles.
  • Demonstrated grant writing experience resulting in major grant awards.
  • Experience applying a racial equity lens preferred.

Salary range: $47,000-$55,000

We are committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

Location: Portland, OR
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