Under the general direction and guidance of the Director, Institutional Giving & Grants Management, the Grants Manager will serve as a key team member on the Community Impact Team and support the organization’s grantseeking and grantmaking functions to generate increased revenue and deepen community impact. This position will strengthen United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ (UWGLA) impact efforts by engaging and securing new funding partners, deepening relationships, facilitating communication with community partners and key stakeholders, and creating a more efficient and effective internal grants management process. This position will be responsible for: a) researching and recommending corporate, foundation and government grant opportunities to pursue, b) writing and submitting funding applications and proposals, c) assisting in the development and management of UWGLA’s competitive grantmaking process to support community-based organizations, d) supporting the cultivation of funders, and e) managing the tracking and coordination of incoming and outgoing grants, deadlines, deliverables, grant reporting and impact data.
- Support development of grant seeking and management plan to ensure grant proposals are developed in accordance with corporate and foundation deadlines for requests.
- Support all stages of United Way’s $6 million grantmaking to community-based organizations, including strategy development, RFP design and issuance, grantee selection, relationship management and reporting.
- Coordinate and lead the activities of the grant writing process from research to reporting for the entire organization. Develop, write, and submit clear and compelling proposals, contracts, letters of inquiry, etc. to new and existing funding sources on behalf of UWGLA in alignment with organizational priorities.
- Ensure applications/proposals and related reports are developed and submitted in exact accordance with each grant making organization’s prescribed guidelines and criteria.
- Support ongoing management of grantee portfolio, working in close collaboration with program officers to maintain strong communication and relationships with grantees.
- Assist with the development and tracking of impact measures and reporting, generated from grantees and UWGLA-led impact initiatives.
- Conduct targeted research to identify new corporate and foundation sources, locally, statewide and nationally.
- Partner and coordinate closely with key organizational team members in Community Impact, Development & Engagement, Marketing & Communications, and Finance & Business Services in the development of grant proposals, work plans, commitments, and timelines.
- Monitor and maintain funding/grants calendar and notifications to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, reporting deadlines, and related data requirements to ensure the organization is in full compliance.
- Partner with Community Impact program officers to document, track grant activity, and track annual grant revenue within computer database and filing systems.
- Support internal planning and budget development for institutional giving (foundation, government).
- Assist with planning and implementing philanthropic recognition and donor engagement events.
- Provide United Way information to the public and manage special projects as assigned.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
- Must have minimum 3 years grant research and writing experience, with a solid track record of writing and winning grant awards from foundations, businesses, and government preferably at the six-figure level.
- Must possess excellent written, analytical, research, and oral communication skills.
- Must be a team player, able to collaborate closely with program officers and other UWGLA team members in the creation and management of grant proposals and grants management.
- Must have strong expertise navigating grant systems, online databases, and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information.
- Must be able to generate innovative grant applications that synthesize information and communicate program design, impact and approach in a compelling and succinct manner.
- Must possess comprehensive understanding of foundations, corporate, and government grant application processes.
- Must have a solid understanding of developing grant budgets.
- Must be extremely well organized, able to set clear priorities, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all organizational levels within a diverse environment.
- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is essential. Prior experience with CRM and grants management software a plus.