Grants Manager

Date Posted: March 2, 2023

Job Description

The Grants Manager serves as a staff member at will of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In that capacity, the Grants Manager is a member of the Children’s Campaign Development team, which works to raise funds to support the Colorado Children’s Campaign mission. The Grants Manager works closely with the Director of Development and internal content experts to develop, submit, report on, and maintain records related to grants from national and local funders, and to contribute to stewardship efforts. The Grants Manager contributes to identifying new grants and coordinating efforts to build the current grants portfolio.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to using the email subject line of “Grants Manager. In your cover letter, include what interests you about the position and why you would be a good fit. We will be accepting applications until Friday, March 24. 

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Our Story

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, K-12 education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive statewide network of dedicated child advocates.

As the leading voice for Colorado’s children at the State Capitol and in communities across the state, the Children’s Campaign has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for kids. Among the numerous laws and programs we’ve helped establish are the Colorado Preschool Program, Child Health Plan Plus, and the Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act. The Children’s Campaign is committed to integrating values of diversity, equity and inclusion into daily work with intention, action and humility in order to advance racial and economic equity within our organization, our networks and partnerships.

Job Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary writer of grant proposals and reports, and provide management of the development, editing, and submission process for the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s portfolio of grants.
  • Act as lead in planning proposal- and report-specific strategies.
  • Manage and refine systems for tracking potential, submitted, and awarded grants and deliverables to ensure timely completion of grant-related documents, appropriate record keeping, and availability for internal use.
  • Manage the annual grant calendar, processing grant agreements, acknowledging grant awards and payments, and maintaining grant records in multiple formats.
  • Assist the internal Evaluation Team to align evaluation processes with funder expectations and grant reporting needs.
  • Actively seek new grant funding opportunities.
  • Contribute to the Development Team and organizational efforts to steward relationships with existing funders and identify new funding opportunities.
  • Collaborate with internal team members to perform prospect research, prepare background materials for hosting funder site visits, and manage accountability to maintain regular communications with funding partners.
  • Assist the Development Team with strategizing for new funders.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to maintain current understanding of Colorado Children’s Campaign policy priorities, activities, and outcomes for inclusion in grant proposal and report content.
  • Work closely with staff members across teams to capture appropriate content, coordinate the internal review process, and ensure timely submission of grant applications and reports.
  • Other assistance, as designated by the Director of Development, to support the overall goals of the department and organization. Colorado Children’s Campaign retains the right to add or change duties and/or responsibilities at any time.

Job Requirements

  • 4-year degree required in English or Communications or a related field, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • 3 years of experience in grant writing, or communications required; experience supervising grant programs, managing projects, and/or working at a nonprofit is strongly preferred; or any equivalent combination of experience, lived experience, and/or special skills.
  • Proven computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and experience with donor databases are necessary.
  • Requires superior organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work and tasks to meet competing deadlines. Requires adaptability to produce and meet deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Requires the ability to work independently and as part of a team to cultivate and develop grant programs. Must have good negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive information with diplomacy. Must be an outstanding communicator who is comfortable collaborating with a broad cross-section of people in direct and matrixed relationships to drive programs to meet strategic goals.
  • Alignment with the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, and demonstrated experience incorporating these principles into work products and relationships is preferred.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made upon request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to speak, understand, and communicate in English effectively, in person and in writing. Ability to hear in person and by phone, in personal and group settings, occasionally with a moderate noise level.
  • Ability to work with, and process information from, a variety of individuals and media (e.g., computers, projected images, printed materials), and sitting and/or standing up to 6 hours per day.
  • Mobility necessary to access various offices and a wide variety of meetings and settings. Mobility is necessary to perform a variety of tasks that involve standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, bending, twisting, occasionally climbing stairs, or using an elevator, possibly reaching chest high and overhead for materials. Ability to reach for, move and/or lift up to 20 pounds and the use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.

Compensation and Benefits

  • $60,000 - $75,000

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Children’s Campaign is an equal opportunity employer. We value, honor, and celebrate all forms of diversity. Our organization is committed to pursuing its mission in a way that centers equity and the inclusion of voices and experiences of those most impacted by the inequities of our social institutions and systems. To do our best work, we seek to hire and retain staff that reflect the racial diversity and changing demographics of our state.

The Children’s Campaign does not and shall not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital, pregnancy or parental status, physical or mental ability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, military service, or another non-merit factor under applicable federal, state, or local laws in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to: advertisements for employment, hiring of staff, compensation, promotions, termination, and other conditions of employment; selection of volunteers, interns, and vendors; and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors, community partners, donors, funders, and other supporters. Our policy reflects and affirms the Children’s Campaign’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.