Grants Manager

Date Posted: January 4, 2021

Job Description

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is seeking a Grants Manager who will be a member of the Children’s Campaign Development team. This team works to raise approximately $2.6M annually to support the organization’s mission. Under the supervision of the Director of Development, and working closely with content experts and the Finance Director, the Grants Manager develops, submits, reports on and maintains records related to grants from national and local funders and contributes to funder stewardship efforts. In addition to managing current funding opportunities the grants manager leads the organization in identifying viable new grants and coordinating efforts to build the current grants portfolio.

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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

  • Serves as primary writer of grant proposals and reports, and provides overall management of development, editing and submission process for the organization’s complete portfolio of grants.
  • Takes a lead role in planning proposal- and report-specific strategy, and works closely with staff across functions to capture appropriate content, coordinate the internal review process, and ensure timely submission of grant applications and reports.
  • Actively communicates with other teams (i.e. Policy, Communications, Research, Evaluation) to maintain current understanding of our policy priorities, activities and outcomes to inform grant proposal and report content.
  • Manages and refines systems for tracking potential, submitted and awarded grants to ensure timely completion of grant-related documents and appropriate record keeping. Includes managing annual grant calendar, processing grant agreements, acknowledging grant awards and payments, and maintaining grant records in multiple formats.
  • Contributes to Development Team and organizational efforts to steward relationships with existing funders and identify new funding opportunities. Associated tasks include performing prospect research, preparing background materials for our teams hosting funder site visits, and managing accountability with internal teams to maintain regular communications with foundation funding partners.
  • Participates as a member of the organization’s Evaluation Team, whose role is to refine and implement internal evaluation processes toward the ends of accountability, continuous improvement and celebrating successes. Specifically, the Grants Manager helps Evaluation Team align evaluation processes with funder expectations and grant reporting needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

  • Commitment to the mission of the Colorado Children’s Campaign;
  • Demonstrated track record of success writing and securing grants (minimum three years of experience;
  • B.A. or B.S. preferred or equivalent experience;
  • Excellent written communication skills, including ability to tailor messages to a variety of audiences and to present organizational activities in ways that are responsive to the interests of individual funders;
  • Strong project management skills, including creating and managing timelines within constraints of staff schedules;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and simultaneously advance multiple projects in a deadline-driven environment;
  • Familiarity with policy advocacy generally, Children’s Campaign policy issues (early childhood, K-12 education, child health, family economic security) specifically, and the Colorado policy and political context preferred;
  • Familiarity with local and national funders preferred;
  • Ability to gather and synthesize complex information from a variety of sources;
  • Attention to detail, commitment to excellence, and sense of personal responsibility for conveying accurate information;
  • Self-motivated and self-directed;
  • Proficient computer skills, familiarity with web-based grants management systems a plus;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, and be flexible, innovative, energetic and hard-working;
  • Commitment to supporting a culture of continuous improvement.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary for this position is $60k - $68k. The position has schedule flexibility and includes a strong benefits package including a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, health insurance, paid time off and paid family leave.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. The Children’s Campaign strives to create an inclusive work place that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. The Children’s Campaign prohibits discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.