The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice seeks a dynamic
and entrepreneurial Grants Manager to work with the Institute’s
development program to grow our revenue stream and strengthen our
relationships with supporters. The Grants Manager will build and
strengthen donor relationships, help drive and implement the fund
development growth strategy.
The Institute’s Mission:
Established in 1999 by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the
Institute’s cutting-edge racial and social justice advocacy seeks
to empower people of color by building reparative systems that
create wealth, transform justice and harness democratic power—from
the ground up—in New Jersey.
Known for our dynamic and independent advocacy aimed at toppling
load-bearing walls of structural inequality to create just, vibrant
and healthy communities, we are committed to exposing and repairing
the cracks of structural racism in our foundation that erupt into
earthquakes in communities of color.
The Institute advocates for systemic reform that is at once
transformative, achievable in the state and replicable in
communities across the nation.
The Institute is looking to hire a Grants Manager. The Grants
Manager works with the development team, program staff,
communications team and senior leadership to share the story of the
Institute with grantors in order to meet the Institute’s funding
needs. They will have an ability to communicate our organization’s
mission clearly and convincingly in writing for institutions
(foundations, federations, corporate donors, etc.), to build strong
relationships and to translate data into impact.
Reports to: Director of Development
Roles and Responsibilities:
- In coordination with the Law and Policy Director, the Chief
Operating Officer, Director of Development and other appropriate
program staff, draft grant applications and reports for new and
renewal funding opportunities approved by management, overseeing
the process from start to finish;
- Cultivate a thorough understanding of all existing Institute
programs and the grants/contracts that support them to
affirmatively leverage all aspects of the Institute’s programs for
- Work with all staff to research and identify creative and
appropriate grant and contract opportunities for the Institute,
including how potential grants fit into the larger Institute
programmatic and existing funder matrix;
- Create and maintain a grants calendar denoting application and
- Maintain a complete file of all grant and contract reports and
applications as sent to the funders;
- Implement grant obligation performance matrix to track program
- Prepare grant and contract reports in coordination with the
Director of Development, Law and Policy Director, other appropriate
program staff and the COO to assist with final preparation and
submission of all grant applications and reports;
- Meet with institutional grant officers in consultation with the
Director of Development and COO on a regular basis; and
- Identify and implement opportunities to showcase Institute work
to funders (advocacy events, talks, hearings, etc.).
Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not
- Serve as a key point of contact for grantee partners, providing
technical assistance for application and report submission,
responding to inquiries on financial due diligence requirements and
verifying grantee partner information.
- Collaborate with the Director of Development to create, revise
and improve grantmaking processes, dashboards and application forms
to ensure that collected data is properly reported.
- Contribute to regular Program meetings and support
communication and collaboration between Program, Finance, IT and
other cross-functional teams so that all grant management
activities are smoothly implemented.
- Work with Program and Communications staff to prepare analysis,
reporting and presentation of qualitative and quantitative data
regarding grantee awards, learnings and outcomes to support Board
presentations and other external communications.
- Collaborate with the COO to make sure all grants and
grant-related activities are properly recorded in the accounting
- Become conversant in the Institute’s funding areas and the New
Jersey non-profit landscape.
Other Job Responsibilities:
- Foundation Grants Program: Manage foundation grants
program, including strategic prospect research, scheduling,
writing, grant preparation and reporting.
- Donor Database Management: Assure the proper
recording, tracking and reporting of gifts from donors and funders
in the donor database. Assure the maintenance of accurate and
current data files, including giving histories, profiles, and
interactions. Work with relevant staff to produce necessary reports
for auditors and reconciliation of funds.
- Minimum of three to five years grant management experience with
- Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or related field
strongly preferred, but not required. Working knowledge of grant
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in
- Strong interpersonal skills required to work effectively with
staff and external vendors.
- Internet and email communication proficiency required.
- Understanding of and passion for the Institute’s mission.
Ability to understand and speak compellingly about our work.
- A commitment to racial diversity; a personal approach that
values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity,
age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and
socio-economic circumstance, and ability to work with diverse
individuals within the organization and broader community.
- The ability to work effectively in a collaborative context,
both internally and externally.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and donor management
- Ability to travel as well as the flexibility to work as needed
to accomplish the organization’s fundraising goals which may
include evenings and weekends.
Compensation & Benefits:
This is a full-time, at-will position. Salary is commensurate
with experience and includes excellent benefits, including health,
dental, and vision, life insurance, Medical Expense Reimbursement
Program, travel stipend, a 401(k) plan with an employer
contribution, and generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave.
Please send 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in,
qualifications for, and how you learned about the position as
detailed in this announcement, 2) a current resume, and 3) two
relevant writing samples by email to: email@example.com
with “Grants Manager” in the subject line of the email or by mail
Grants Manager Recruitment
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
60 Park Place – Suite511
Newark, NJ 07102
Applications accepted until position is filled.
The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is proud to be
an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing
equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race,
creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or