Grant Manager Center on Halsted Chicago

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Center on Halsted – Chicago, IL

The Grant Writer will lead the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of private foundations and government agencies. The Manager will also coordinate internal staff and resources to develop accurate and timely funding proposals, intermittent and final reports and will create the Center’s annual reports.

The Grant Writer is responsible for the planning and management of raising funds from corporations, foundations, and government agencies through a broad range of fundraising activities including proposals, site visits, stewardship, reports, research, and other meaningful contact with donors and prospects.

Grant Manager Center on Halsted Chicago

Job Responsibilities:

  • Effectively prepare and guide the COO in the capacity of cultivation and stewardship of existing and potential foundation donors—planning how and when to leverage her time and resources as it relates to relationship management.
  • Write all agency proposals, governmental quarterly reports, and general correspondences for current and prospective funding agencies, corporations (non-sponsorship) and foundations
  • Research sources of all potential grants and gifts for operating, program, capital, and/or the endowment.
  • Design, implement and manage funding compliance system by working with other management staff, program directors and internal databases.
  • Create master calendar for foundation and government donor/prospect cultivation, solicitation, and follow up by exploiting the full functionality of Raiser’s Edge
  • Inform appropriate staff of funding regulations, grant requirements, and reporting deadlines
  • Provide input on annual budgets and outlines strategies for corporate, foundation, and government grants
  • Create, implement and evaluate the annual and multi-year plans to maintain and expand contributions from corporate, foundation and government sources.
  • Identify, research, cultivate and solicit prospective corporate, foundation and government donors.
  • Produces proposals, solicitation letters, acknowledgements, and reports.
  • Manage proposal deadlines, grant reporting and stewardship and coordinates activities with appropriate staff members as needed.
  • Collaborate with Program to seek and develop ways to increase restricted and unrestricted revenue from corporations, foundations and government agencies within a strategic framework.
  • Prepare all related application and stewardship materials. Enlists the assistance of development and administrative staff, as needed, for support activities.
  • Assist in setting fundraising goals and objectives; communicate progress towards goals.
  • Monitor and support the ongoing maintenance of the corporate, foundation and government records in Raiser’s Edge to ensure accuracy and timeliness of communications and tracking.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required. 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Commitment to, or understanding of, the LGBT community and its diversity.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit grant management and/or foundation and government relations
  • Familiarity and functional comfort with Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office applications, and Expectation of consistently working beyond the minimum hours normally associated with a “9 to 5” work week.
  • Proven record of successful grant writing/fund raising activities with wide-range of funding sources corporate, foundation and government funds
  • Exceptional communication, writing, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of local, state and national funding sources.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Non-Profit Management. Master’s Degree preferred.

Reporting Relationships:
The Grant Writer reports to the Director of Development and secondarily, the COO. Also, the Grants Writer works closely with appropriate program staffs.


This job description is not a comprehensive list of all of the possible job-related responsibilities, tasks and duties that are required of this position, and further, Center on Halsted reserves the right to change as it sees fit any and all of the employee’s responsibilities, tasks and duties.

Application Instructions:

  1. What challenges do you identify in terms of cultivating funds for an organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community?

Grant Manager Center on Halsted Chicago

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