What started as a small group of families gathered around a
kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice
on mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is
the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization
dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans
affected by mental illness.
Today, we are an alliance of hundreds of local affiliates, state
organizations and a national office who work in communities across
the United States to raise awareness and provide support and
education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI
advocates for all who are affected by mental illness, both the
individuals and the people in their lives. In particular, we work
to address disparities and injustices and to promote dignity and
inclusion for all people with mental illness and their families. In
addition to being advocates, we educate, we listen, and we lead as
evidenced by our public awareness campaigns, the range of numerous
programs we provide, and our strong public policy.
We currently have an opening for a Senior Grants Manager. The
Senior Grants Manager will work with the Strategic Alliances and
Development (SA&D) team to manage the submission, tracking and
fulfillment of NAMI’s portfolio of grants. This includes working
across teams to develop and write grant proposals and reports for
strategic initiatives, as well as coordinating with program teams
and finance team leadership to track grant-funded projects, ensure
funds are being spent and deliverables are on target for
This position can be remote or based in Arlington,
VA (currently remote due to COVID).
Salary Range: $75,000 - $80,000
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
The Senior Grants Manager is responsible for:
- Working with NAMI leadership, program and development staff to
fully understand and articulate NAMI’s body of work, change
strategies, vision, impact and value added in the mental health
movement to prospective funders in every sector.
- Collaborating with program and development staff to develop
funding proposals, ensuring compliance with the funders’ guidelines
and policies, and alignment with NAMI’s mission and strategic
- Tracking, documenting and managing grant requirements and
deadlines with relevant project teams and NAMI leadership.
- Reviewing, analyzing and monitoring performance to ensure grant
funds are expended appropriately and program deliverables are on
track to satisfy grant agreements.
- Tracking progress toward grant deliverables and drafting
requisite grant reports in collaboration with project teams and the
- Tracking total funds committed/requested and all proposed
activities for various NAMI programs and initiatives, and regularly
reporting this information to appropriate staff and
- Researching and vetting new funding opportunities that align
with NAMI’s strategic goals. Drafting and submitting Letters of
Inquiry when appropriate.
- Regularly reviewing research related to mental health trends to
develop strong need statements and cases for support.
- Maintaining the accuracy, completeness, integrity, and security
of grant-related systems and information.
- Serving as the point of contact for assigned grants, including
- Other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- 5-7 years of nonprofit experience, including 5+ years of direct
grants management experience.
- Experience writing for multiple concurrent projects on strict
deadlines and according to specified guidelines.
- Excellent persuasive writing skills, knowledge of best
practices in grant writing and demonstrated ability to distill
complex program plans and outcomes into compelling proposal and
- Experience working collaboratively with senior management and
program staff to translate technical subject matter knowledge into
readable and compelling messages for a general audience.
- General understanding of nonprofit financial reporting
practices, experience creating and tracking budgets strongly
- Background in public health or mental health preferred.
- Knowledge of Salesforce preferred.
- Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality
regarding all aspects of work at all times.
- Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work and meet
- Ability to collaboratively work and communicate with diverse
audiences, including all levels of employees, management, and
- Demonstrate strong analytical skills, excellent judgment in
problem solving and decision making.
- Must pass background check.
NAMI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer
and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive
workforce. NAMI prohibits
discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for
employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth
or related medical conditions, genetic information or any other
legally protected group status. We also provide reasonable
accommodation for candidates with