Position Summary: The National Foundation Grants Manager leads Tahirih’s foundation and corporate grant cultivation and stewardship program. This role is responsible for the timely and accurate submission of compelling proposals and reports in partnership with Local Office Executives, and for leading, communicating and monitoring the grants management process. The Grants Manager supervises the national grants team (two Grant Writers and a Grants Assistant), and is responsible for the team’s effective management and monitoring of the national grants calendar. The Grants Manager leads the preparation of proposals or reports, and manages donor-facing cultivation, for select high value national funders. This role reports to the Chief Development Officer.
Responsible for the Management of Tahirih’s Non-Government Grants Processes
- Leads the organization-wide grants management process, ensuring it is effectively communicated and executed, and recommending changes to meet evolving organizational needs
- Responsible for the grants team’s management of a comprehensive and accurate organizational grant calendar of proposal and report deliverables
- Responsible for the grants team’s creation of project plans/timelines that coordinate receipt of program narratives, metrics and financial data from designated staff in support of timely proposal submissions and grant reports.
- Responsible for ensuring that staff are kept abreast of upcoming deadlines through regular monthly meetings with Local and National Office Executives and ad hoc meetings and emails as needed
- Responsible for the grants team’s maintenance of the grants pipeline, including accurate data on the amount of grants that have been or will be submitted to each funder.
- Owns and leads the creation and delivery of training for staff across the organization who are involved in the grants management process.
Co-Own the Management of Tahirih’s Grant Portfolio with Local Office Executives
- Co-own with Local Office Executives:
- The development and execution of funder strategies tailored to each local market
- The quality of and timely submission of compelling grant reports and proposals to current and prospective funders
- Trouble-shooting and resolution of issues related to funder strategy, scope of asks and budget, relevant metrics, coordination of asks across offices, solicitation timing and other issues
- Responsible for cultivating select high value funders and drafting reports or proposals for them as needed
- Responsible for reviewing grants team drafts of proposals and reports as needed
- Responsible for monitoring the grants pipeline, ensuring adequate progress towards goals, and anticipating and communicating potential gaps to meeting goals
- Responsible for providing advice to Local Office Executives on the reasonability of grants goals that have been submitted [Local Office Executives are responsible for setting and meeting grants revenue goals]
- Responsible for collaborating with finance, communications and program staff to ensure consistency of key messages shared in proposals, report narrative and metrics
- Provides input to finance staff on the accuracy of donation coding, and on the creation of non-restricted and restricted grant budgets for proposal and reporting purposes
- Provides input and support to Local Office Staff as they prepare for grantor site visits, monitoring visits, or grant program audits; attend site visits for select high value funders as needed, primarily national funders
- Responsible for the quality of grants team research into new opportunities identified by program staff, time permitting
- Responsible for the supervision of the grants team, including goal setting and evaluation; provide coaching and mentoring to grow staff skills and effectiveness
- Participates in departmental and organizational retreats, assists in establishment of goals and objectives, and monitors progress against established grants goals
- Assists with other fundraising projects as requested
- A bachelor’s degree
- Five to seven years track record of success in persuasive writing, preferably on proposals and reports for institutional donors
- Demonstrates competency and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
- Strong people manager with 2+ years of supervisory experience, including an ability to effectively set team goals and outcomes and grow staff talent
- Outstanding attention to detail with respect to project management and oversight of timely, high quality deliverables
- Ability to manage competing deadlines, often with tight turnarounds
- Successful experience in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies for foundation donors
- Knowledge of or ability to learn general budgeting principles relevant to grants management
- Self-starter and problem-solver able to interact with a diverse group of funders
- Highly energetic and strategic-thinking professional with a track record of supporting and building donor relationships
- Excellent technical writing and editing skills with a strong ability to mentor staff on how to tailor deliverables to a specific audience based on their interest and priorities.
- Collaborative leader with an ability to mobilize the team to pursue new, high value opportunities
- Interest in and knowledge of women’s rights and/or human rights or related social justice issues
- Experience partnering and communicating detailed needs with a variety of functions and departments to develop and implement strategic approaches to report and proposal requirements
Annual salary and benefits: Competitive compensation depends on experience. Generous benefits include fully-paid employee health, vision and dental insurance; a 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan; flexible work schedules; professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities. Employees have a very generous self-managed leave benefit inclusive of vacation, sick and holidays, including an office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
About the Tahirih Justice Center: The Tahirih Justice Center is a growing national non-profit organization that supports the courage of immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, Congress, and communities. Through pro bono holistic legal services, community outreach and education and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih protects women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Tahirih’s 90 employees work from offices in the DC metro area, Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Submissions: Please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references.
Please note: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
Tahirih Justice Center is committed to diversity, equity and unity as core values. We practice inclusiveness in decision making through consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih seeks to hire and retain employees whose diversity reflects the communities we serve. We encourage candidates who are committed to equity and who are from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities to apply.