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Grants Manager, Food and Benefits Access

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 18 Aug 2022

Expires on 1 Dec 2022

Grants Manager, Food and Benefits Access

Position: Grants Manager, Food and Benefits Access

Reports to: Vice President, Food & Benefits Access

Organization Summary:

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing people and organizations to eradicate barriers and create opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers. Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives.  We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance.


Position Description:

The Grants Manager, Food and Benefits Access, is primarily responsible for the management and implementation of the Nourish NY funding program as well as other grants. This position will support the achievement of UWNYC Nourish NY goals through the administration of funds to community-based organizations. This includes managing the application process, allocations, monitoring, and reporting, as well as supporting storytelling and other efforts related to the programs. The position will liaise with food vendors who specialize in NYS grown products as well as emergency food providers to ensure that they are able to access and distribute nutritious emergency food while providing a dignified experience for food pantry guests. The Grants Manager will build relationships with our existing network of CBOs, prioritizing neighborhoods with unmet need for emergency food as well as organizations who have capacity to receive these funds. The position will also liaise with UWNYC finance, administration, and legal departments to develop terms for purchasing agreements with vendors, grant agreements / MOUs with CBOs, and internal and external reporting and compliance requirements. The Manager will support the administrative efforts of other FBA grant programs as they become available and will provide general support to the FBA team, in particular the VP, FBA.


Primary Responsibilities:  


  • Administer Nourish NY and other funding streams by fine-tuning application, monitoring, and reporting processes and relying on best practices developed by UWNYC FBA unit.
  • Manage relationships with vendors to source allowable foods with a focus on NYS grown and produced foods.
  • Build relationships with community-based organizations and emergency food programs.
  • Partner with other units within the UWNYC Community Impact department to distribute and monitor Nourish NY funds.
  • Prepare and distribute vendor contracts, funding agreements, and MOUs with all external partners in coordination with UWNYC finance, administration, and legal departments.
  • Seek out programmatic and process improvements for EFPs, vendors, and UWNYC to ensure efficiency, compliance, equity, and accomplishment of goals.
  • Develop communication strategy to share programmatic updates with grantees, and collaborate with UWNYC Marcomm on general program promotion
  • Provide programmatic and administrative support to Food and Benefits Access (FBA) unit programs and initiatives, achieving FBA workplan goals in partnership with other team members.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with internal and external partners.
  • Participate in all meetings, webinars etc. related to FBA programs as requested.
  • Serve as point of contact for vendors and CBOs, EFPs and other interested constituents.
  • Plan, organize, and execute other grants administration tasks and administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Use Results Based Accountability framework to track team goals.


Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, nutrition, or a related field
  • Understanding of community public health, food systems, and equity in NYC
  • Expertise in Microsoft Excel required as well as strong competency in basic computer software applications
  • Relationship-building skills and ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and time-management skills
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, driven, collaborative, flexible, and good-natured
  • Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Experience in grantmaking or providing technical assistance for CBOs a plus


Key Competencies:

  • Relationship Oriented
  • Effective & Engaging Communication
  • Planning and Project Management
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Cultural Competency
  • Compassion


Additional Requirements:

  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19
  • Background check


How to apply:


Please send cover letter with salary requirements and resume to with the title “Grants Manager, FBA" in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes accepted.


United Way of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer