Grant Manager

Portland, OR

Organization Overview 

Friends of the Children- Portland is a non-profit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving youth facing the most obstacles the ability to create a new story. We do this by providing youth in our program with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, who we call a "Friend," from kindergarten through high school graduation, 12 ½ years – no matter what. Friends of the Children-Portland has been recognized in the Portland Business Journal as the Most Admired Nonprofit in Oregon for the past nine years. We are currently seeking an extraordinary professional to join our Development Team. 


Position Overview  


Essential Functions & Responsibilities  

  • Ensure consistency in grant narratives, outcome measurements, and budgets; provide guidance on project development to maximize revenue potential; ensure the effective grant-tracking system is maintained, deadlines are met, and progress reporting occurs as required.   
  • Create and manage annual Portland chapter 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.   
  • Collaborate with leadership team to establish annual grant strategies for Friends of the Children Portland 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. 
  • Collaborate with leadership and program team to develop new programming and performance benchmarks aligned with best practices in the field. 
  • Collaborate with leadership, Program and Finance departments to develop narrative content and budgets for proposals. 
  • Maintain grant project annual portfolio of approximately 150 funders. 
  • Maintain confidential information in a sensitive and appropriate manner.   
  • Special projects as assigned to support organizational objectives. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 



Required Competency-Based Skills, Abilities, Education, & 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 of $100,000+. 
  • 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 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, 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.  
  • Valid driver’s license required 


Work Environment  

  • This position requires in-person interaction, meetings, and coaching.  
  • Required to adhere to work location safety and building protocols.  


Physical Demands  

  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, reaching.  
  • Repetitive hand and wrist motion for pushing/pulling and fine manipulation.  
  • Driving a motor vehicle is frequently required.  


Additional Eligibility Requirements  

  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check  
  • Location: This position is based in Portland Metro Area.  
  • Work performed will be predominantly onsite  


Vaccination Requirement  

All current employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID‐19, as mandated by the State of Oregon unless a reasonable accommodation is approved due to a medical or religious exemption.  

You must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or exemption prior to start date. New employees must show they've had both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and are 14 days past the final dose prior to start date.  






  • 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision for employee coverage  
  • 100% employer paid long term, short-term disability, and life insurance policy  
  • Supplemental insurance, such as critical illness and pet insurance  
  • 401k discretionary match, 100 % vested  
  • 9 paid holidays, 2 paid floating holidays  
  • 3 weeks paid vacation annually 
  • Generous sick time policy  
  • Tuition assistance  
  • Professional Development  
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)  


Affirmative Action/EEO Statement  

Friends of the Children-Portland is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to addressing discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity. The equal employment opportunity policy of Friends of the Children-Portland provides fair and equal opportunities for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local law. Friends of the Children-Portland hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.  

Friends of the Children-Portland is growing rapidly as communities across the country are experiencing the power of how “One” changes a child's story: One Friend. One Child. 12 ½ years. No matter what. #ThePowerOfOne  



This is to acknowledge that I have read the above job description and understand that it sets forth the duties, responsibilities, and essential functions that I will be expected to fulfill in this role. I understand that I will be expected to perform all the essential functions of the job in a reasonable, satisfactory, and safe manner. I further acknowledge that this is not a contract and Friends of the Children-Portland reserves the right to make changes to the position description at any time to meet the needs of the organization.