Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is seeking a passionate and
motivated Senior Grants Manager to join our Development Team. The
Senior Grants Manager plays a leadership role in raising
philanthropic revenue by managing and growing support from
institutional funders and working closely with development,
program, and finance staff to cultivate and solicit support. This
position helps WRA meet its increasing philanthropic revenue goals,
and thus our mission, by identifying potential funders, cultivating
relationships, and solicitating financial support through complex
proposals and reports. The Senior Grants Manager works with staff
across the organization to articulate the need and impact of grants
and to develop compelling proposals to secure funding in support of
specific needs and priorities. To do this, the Senior Grants
Manager informs solicitation strategies, develops corresponding
proposals, writes and edits compelling content, helps with
budgeting and financial reporting.
Under the direction of Vice President of
Development and Communications, the Senior Grants Manager manages
overall grant revenue, oversees WRA’s full grant schedule, ensures
the timely completion of compelling materials, and instigates new
opportunities for funding. This person also manages a distinct
portfolio of institutional donors, as well as supervises and works
closely with the Grants Manager II to perform this work and to
support the Grants Manager II in working with their own distinct
This position has the option to work remotely anywhere within
our seven-state region, or from one of WRA’s six offices; or a
hybrid of the two. Our seven-state region includes Arizona, New
Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. WRA has
offices located in Boulder, CO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT;
Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; and Carson City, NV. WRA employees are
encouraged to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES
PROJECT MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP
- Oversee and coordinate WRA’s fundraising activities with
institutional funders to maximize grant revenue.
- Increase both the number of funders and the grant revenue
derived from these relationships.
- Facilitate strong relationships with funders and create
compelling and responsive proposals in collaboration with program,
finance, and development staff.
- Project, manage, and maintain grant revenue to inform
development goals and metrics, revenue projection, payments, and
- Improve and maintain the necessary processes, systems, and
resources to support internal collaboration and the quality and
quantity of grant materials.
- Help teams develop strategic and sophisticated cultivation
activities, solicitation strategies, and corresponding written
- Manage a complex schedule of deadlines and payments, track
workflow, and ensure the timely completion of grant materials to
maximize funding opportunities.
- Research and identify new sources of support and proactively
lead opportunities to generate new proposals and avenues for
- Directly manage and grow a portfolio of institutional
- Develop and lead the process to develop proposals for your
portfolio—from scheduling to completion to submission—by serving as
a highly organized project manager that develops and coordinates
schedules, templates and drafts, and reviews and edits—in
coordination with the appropriate staff to ensure the execution of
- Research and write grant content, and assist in articulating
program content, theory of change, goals, and plans as needed to
advance high-quality grant proposals and ambitious fundraising
- Write, edit, and submit complete and compelling grant proposals
and reports for individual, foundation, and corporate
- Execute department systems and processes to maintain records
and accounting of grant funding.
- Track and report on grant activities and funding through
Raisers Edge and other means.
EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE
- Experience developing, managing, and meeting revenue
- Experience developing sophisticated solicitation strategies and
executing those through internal collaborations, relationship
building, and the proposal process.
- Experience generating leads, developing an approach, and
building subsequent relationships with funders and program officers
that result in financial support.
- Experience supporting and working with organizational
leadership to execute cultivation activities.
- Excellent writing and editing skills.
- Knowledge of philanthropic research, and the ability to
distinguish and identify funding opportunities.
- Exceptional communication skills and ability to work
collaboratively with staff with a wide variety of expertise.
Ability to break down complex subjects into terms that are
understandable and compelling.
- Highly organized, with the ability to juggle multiple projects
simultaneously while also maintaining a strong attention to detail
- Ability to execute plans, systems, and follow up
- Able to work effectively under pressure and produce a quality
work product within tight time constraints.
- Ability to work independently to meet goals and deadlines.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
The salary range for this position is $79,000-$87,000 annually;
salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at
the top of the range. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes
health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k)-retirement plan, life
& disability insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation leave, sick
leave, parental leave, and sabbatical leave after five years. WRA’s
offices are closed December 25 – January 1 for Winter Break.
Position is full-time exempt.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: OPEN UNTIL FILLED WITH PRIORITY REVIEW STARTING
ON MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2022
Apply here: https://westernresourceadvocates.org/careers/senior-grants-manager/