Grants Manager

Reports to: Director of Development

FSLA Status: Exempt

Hour Status: 40 hours, may include some evening and weekends

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Summary:  This position writes grant proposals to secure financial support from foundations, government, and corporate funders for operating funds and special projects.  The Grants Manager works with program staff to develop proposals, maintain compliance, and fulfill reporting requirements.

About 360 Communities
Founded in 1970 by a group of volunteers, 360 Communities is a nonprofit organization which provides services to about 18,000 people annually in over 40 locations in Dakota County, Minnesota. Holistic services include a network of five food shelves, two family resource centers, two domestic and sexual violence shelters, and three programs that support school success from birth to high school graduation.
In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope and support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Demonstrate commitment to the agency’s mission statement and core values at all times. The mission statement is “In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope and support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency.”
  2. Perform prospect research on foundations/grantors to evaluate alignment with agency services and goals.
  3. Responsible for the full range of activities required to write, prepare, submit, track and manage requests for proposals, letters of intent and applications for public, private, corporate, state, federal and local government grants to achieve funding goals.
  4. Coordinate and write reports and/or comply with all funding partner reporting requirements and provide agency oversight to maintain compliance.
  5. Complete required mid-year and year-end progress reporting for OJP grants.
  6. Research best and/or promising practices to strengthen organizational initiatives and uncover collaborative opportunities with other organizations.
  7. Collaborate and communicate, as necessary, across departments and service areas to strengthen relationships and proposals, gather information and report to funders.
  8. Assist in building and maintaining relationships with funders.
  9. Determine strategic development plans and activities and assist in preparing annual fundraising plan for foundations/grantors.
  10. Perform other duties and assume other responsibilities as the need is apparent or as requested or delegated.


Education and/or Experience 

  • Bachelor’s Degree and three or more years of foundation/grant writing experience.
  • Experience with research, project management, proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Able to meet deadlines and handle multiple assignments simultaneously.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and ResultsPlus.

Professional Abilities and Skills

  • Interpersonal: Work with integrity. Ability to maintain confidentiality.  Understand and comply with professional ethics and standards of practice. Contribute to building positive team spirit and put the success of the team above own interests. Recognize accomplishments of other team members. Seek increased responsibilities. Look for and takes advantage of opportunities.  Ask for and offers help when needed.
  • Work:    Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited direction may exist.  Strive to continuously build knowledge and skills.  Display original thinking and creativity.  Include appropriate people in decision-making process.    Adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events in the work environment. Ability to keep accurate and complete work records.   Support cost-saving measures.  Set and achieve challenging goals.  Ability to provide support to volunteers.
  • Time Management:  Prioritize and plan work activities.   Use time efficiently.  Arrive punctually each workday; complete assigned tasks within the required time frame.
  • Communication:  Speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification.  Present and interpret numerical data and written information effectively.
  • Leadership:  Exhibits confidence in self and others. Inspires respect, trust and motivates others to perform well and fulfill vision.  Effectively influence actions and opinions of others. Accepts feedback from others.  Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates. Gives appropriate recognition to others. Displays passion and optimism.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
  • Must possess Personal Auto Insurance limits of $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 or a combined single limit of $300,000.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Typical office environment, exposure to fax machines and copiers, computers, scanners and printers.
  • Flexibility to work off-site in order to support successful completion of essential duties and responsibilities.
  • Employee is subject to minimal noise level.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to write, type, and use computers.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

360 Communities values racial, ethnic and cultural diversity. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply.

360 Communities is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.