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Grants Manager

Fort Collins, CO

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 23 Oct 2023

Expires on 29 Sep 2023

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Grants Manager

Job Title: Grants Manager

Posting Timeframe: August 31, 2023    – open until filled

Position Type: Exempt – full time (40 hours per week)

Salary Range: ($52,000 - $55,000) annually, depending on experience and education; visit the Careers section of our website for benefit information

What it’s like to work at United Way

Are you a person who thrives on change and a fast-paced environment? Is passionate about making a difference in our community? Believes and practices equity by intentionally including everyone in society? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. You’ll be part of a nimble team that adapts to meet the needs of our community and makes impactful change where all people feel valued, safe, and have the opportunity to thrive.

We believe equity is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities no longer predict socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes.

United Way is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the ethics of diversity and belonging. We strongly encourage applicants from historically excluded groups to apply. If you feel your skills, and more importantly your passions align with our mission, we encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet 100% of the posted qualifications.

Scope of Position

The Grants Manager plays a pivotal role in securing funding for our non-profit agency's programs and initiatives. By researching, crafting, and submitting grant proposals, the Grant Manager contributes to the financial sustainability and growth of the organization. The ideal candidate possesses exceptional writing skills, research abilities, and a deep understanding of grant application processes and funding sources.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Grant Research & Strategy: Identify and research potential grant opportunities from government agencies, foundations, corporations, and other relevant sources. Stay up-to-date with funding trends, guidelines, and eligibility criteria for various grants. Contribute to the development of the organization's grant-seeking strategy.
  2. Proposal Development: Write compelling grant proposals that align with the organization's mission and objectives. Develop budgets and financial justifications that accurately reflect program needs and costs.
  3. Submission and Reporting: Submit grant applications within deadlines and maintain accurate records of submitted proposals, responses, and outcomes. Responsible for interim and final grant reporting, providing updates on project progress, outcomes, and budget utilization.
  4. Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather data, stories, and impact metrics that strengthen grant proposals. Communicate effectively with funders, responding to inquiries and providing additional information as needed.
  5. Relationship Building: Cultivate positive relationships with grant-making organizations, attend networking events and workshops when appropriate, and engage in stewardship activities to express gratitude and maintain connections with existing funders.
  6. Compliance and Ethics: Ensure adherence to ethical standards and guidelines in grant writing and submission. Stay informed about relevant laws and regulations governing non-profit organizations and grant applications.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Education: Academic credentialing in communications, English, nonprofit management, or related field preferred.
  2. Experience: Proven experience in grant writing for non-profit organizations, with a track record of successful grants secured
  3. Commitment to Mission: Genuine passion for the non-profit sector and alignment with the organization's mission and values and committed to equity.
  4. Writing Proficiency: Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and compelling manner.
  5. Research Acumen: Excellent research and analytical skills, with the ability to synthesize information from diverse sources. High level of organization, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  6. Financial: Proficiency in budgeting and financial analysis related to grant proposals.
  7. Relationship Building: Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external partners. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.
  8. Team Collaboration: Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team environment, collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders to achieve shared goals.
  9. Technology Proficiency: Proficient in using fundraising software and donor databases. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is expected.


We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. UWLC employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID unless they have received an exemption due to a medical condition.