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Manager, Grant Development

United Way of Summit County
Akron, OH

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 24 Jan 2018

Expires on 24 Jan 2018

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Manager, Grant Development

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To assist with implementing strategies to cultivate long-term, comprehensive relationships with philanthropic and government partners that align with United Way’s strategic goals in the areas of education, income and health. The position will be the key driver of identifying and securing local, state and national grant opportunities. S/he will manage, and assist in growing a portfolio of foundation, government and other institutional resources to ensure a diverse revenue stream for UWSC. S/he will execute full range of activities required to prepare and submit grant proposals and reports. The position works very collaboratively across departments to ensure that deadlines are met, proposals are of the highest quality and grantor expectations are met.


Percentage of Time

50%     1. Writing – development and submission of grant proposals, grant reports and other documents for funding opportunities.

25%     2. Prospecting – research, analysis, and tracking funding opportunities.

10%     3. Process – continuous refinement of processes and procedures, collaboration across departments

5%       4. Engagement – cultivation of relationships with specific, predetermined, current and potential funders/investors.

5%       5. Support – assistance with writing and/or developing presentations, letters or other documents for the department.

5%       6. Reporting and communications – internal grants and goals progress reports, quarterly grants meetings.

JOB RELATIONSHIPS WITH: Community Impact, Corporate & Community Engagement Development, Finance, and Marketing Teams.


  • Bachelor’s degree and successful grant writing experience.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience managing all aspects of grant.
  • Ability to quickly learn new software platforms.
  • Outstanding demonstrated written and verbal communications including samples.
  • Competent in MS Office products.
  • Interest in the improvement of the Summit County community.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (excellent critical and creative writing skills).
  • Detail oriented; Analytical; Resourceful; Problem Solver; “Connector”.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments/responsibilities.
  • Advanced ability to think strategically and independently.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage short-term and long-term plans and goals.
  • Familiarity with the government (all levels) and large foundation grant-making environment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and as part of a high-performing team.
  • Organized, able to prioritize, strategically plans, and meets deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict management skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to excellence and passion for the mission of United Way of Summit County.
  • Commitment to maintaining an awareness of best practices within the United Way Worldwide Network.


  • Position is primarily a normal office setting, requiring long periods of sedentary work at a desk and computer.
  • Ability to routinely travel throughout multi-floor office, walking, climbing stairs.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, reach with hands and arms, bend and stoop.
  • Extensive reading.
  • Minimal lifting up to 25 pounds occasionally.
  • Must be willing to work non-standard work schedule including nights, weekends, and other unusual hours on occasion.
  • After-hours event attendance occasionally.