Grants Manager - Alliance for Education



Grants Manager - Alliance for Education

Employment Type:

Full time


Seattle, WA

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Job Description:

Posting Date:  April 15, 2019
Job Title:  Grants Manager
Classification:  Regular, full-time, exempt
Reports To:  Director of Development, Alliance for Education

Application Instructions:
Provide cover letter and resume through the Chamber's job portal. Applications without the requisite candidate materials will not be considered. Applications received in other means will be not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply by May 22nd for priority consideration.

About the Alliance for Education:
The Alliance for Education was founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization with the mission of ensuring that every child in Seattle Public Schools is prepared for success in college, career and life. In partnership with SPS and other educational stakeholders, the Alliance mobilizes resources and implements evidence-based programs that advance academic achievement and opportunity for all students, especially for students with disproportionately low outcomes comparative to their peers. In 2016 the Alliance embarked on a new strategic direction focused on equity, in alignment with SPS’s plan to close the opportunity and achievement gaps in Seattle's highest-need schools.

Position Summary:
The Grant Manager is a key member of the Development Department. This position plays a critical role in helping the Alliance achieve its ambitious impact goals by securing foundation and corporate funders. The Grant Manager researches and identifies corporate and foundation prospects; cultivates and deepens relationships with current funders, writes and edits compelling proposals and reports that convey the goals and mission of the Alliance; and manages all deadlines, and communications relating to grants. The Grant Manager reports to the Director of Development and works closely with staff across the organization to collect data for grant-funded programs, develop organizational budgets, track grants and sub-grants, and identify current funding priorities within key programs.

Responsibilities and Duties:
The following describe the critical functions of the role, but do not provide an extensive list of job responsibilities and duties.

Strategic Thinking and Research
  • Research and identify strong funding prospects with giving capacity and alignment with the Alliance for Education mission
  • Participate in ongoing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work and take the lead as it relates to our grants program
  • Analyze market and competition, identify external challenges and opportunities
  • Work with program staff to develop logic models to support proposals, and to identify and analyze data sets that serve as compelling rationale for impact
  • Research, write and prepare grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry and sponsorship requests, persuasively communicating goals, mission and programs to potential funders
  • Maintain a strong understanding of funding priorities for the Alliance and communicate appropriately
  • Provide writing and editing support for other development efforts, including acknowledgements, stewardship and cultivation as needed
Grant Management
  • Maintain and implement detailed calendar of pending requests, future proposals and report deadlines
  • Establish systems to track grant deliverables and provide analysis for funder reports and staff; manage and analyze program data for grant proposals
  • Track annual gifts and funder communication
  • Track status of each funding contract and act as liaison with Finance and Program teams on financial status of contracts relating to their programs
  • Coordinate grants accounting and financial reporting with the finance department to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the award
  • Develop, build and maintain a matrix management system for tracking all contracts and compliance requirements
Skills and Qualifications:
  • 3+ years of professional experience preferably in grant writing/coordination, nonprofit development and/or research and data analysis
  • Strong ability to write and edit persuasive materials
  • Superior skills in prioritizing projects and time management, ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to work with a variety of personalities and work styles
  • Ability to translate program data into concise, compelling, mission-centered narratives
  • Demonstrated computer skills; expertise with MS Office suite, including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel strongly preferred
  • Understanding of budgets and ability to understand organization’s finances and financial systems
  • Strong foundation in race-equity principles and ability to convey concept in writing and reporting
  • A strong passion for education and youth
  • Experience working in education and in diverse work environments is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrate the skills, abilities, and experience needed for this role regardless of education and compensation history.
The Alliance for Education is affiliated with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; staff members of the Alliance are officially employees of the Chamber, and participate in Chamber benefit plans.
The Chamber provides a comprehensive and competitive compensation and benefits package. Salary range and applicant expectations will be discussed at the phone interview stage. Some of our benefits include:
  • Medical/dental/vision coverage
  • Generous PTO policy
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental death & dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Transit subsidies
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employer-matched 401(k) Contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid parental leave
  • Wellspring EAP membership
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Generous holiday schedule and paid days off
  • More about our benefits, perks, and info about working at the Chamber
The Chamber actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds, and multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply. 

The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer. All employees and potential employees will be recruited, selected, trained, promoted, and, if necessary, disciplined without regard to sex, race, religion, creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political ideology or activity, disability, honorably-discharged veteran or military status. All applicants are carefully screened and full consideration is given to their training, education, skills, aptitudes, experience, and previous work record. In addition, the Chamber does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.

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