The Grant Programs and Communications
Manager provides critical grants management support and serves as a
bridge between the Grants Team and other Comic Relief USA (CR USA)
departments. This position helps the organization deliver and
communicate about its grants program so as to achieve CR USA’s
vision of a just world free from poverty. This position helps
develop and implement systems to ensure the Grants Team is
providing needed information to deliver the Red Nose Day (RND)
Campaign and the organization as a whole is “leading with impact.”
The Grants Programs and Communications Manager, working with the
SVP of Grants Programs, works with grantee partners to ensure the
effective project management of and communication about the 2017
Hand in Hand (HiH) Hurricane Relief Fund.
The Grant Programs and Communications Manager reports to the SVP
of Grants Programs, with a dotted line reporting relationship to
the Director of Grants Programs S/he supervises the Grant Programs
Coordinator, Interns and Fellows as and when appropriate. In
partnership with the Director of Grants Programs, S/he facilitates
and ensures strong relationships across CR USA departments. S/he is
the primary point of contact with RND grantees with regard to
communications, disaster relief response, and intermediary
processes. The Grant Programs and Communications Manager
plays an essential role on the Grants Team in order to promote the
engagement and growth of all Team members and enhance the Team’s
ability to support the organization and our grantee
GRANTS MANAGER/GRANTEE RELATIONSHIPS (25%)
With the full Grants Team, develop
strong partnerships with Grantee Partners, grounded in trust and
respect; serve as a primary point of contact for Grantee Partners
on all matters relating to Red Nose Day campaign support and
year-round Comic Relief partnership.
Along with Grants Programs Manager,
stay fully apprised of Foundant capabilities so Grants Team and
full organization can make full use of the platform; collect and
maintain data in Foundant; run reports on impact data as
Play key roles in coordination,
content and design of Grantee and thought / field leadership
Partner with the SVP of Grants
Programs on Intermediary Funders and with the Director of Grants
Programs on Rapid Response grant making; conduct research and
assess concept notes/proposals for potential Community Foundation
and Rapid Response Grantee Partners, as needed.
Build proficiency in Foundant, with
the potential to attend or host a Foundant training.
In partnership with the Director of
Grants Programs, prepare documents/agenda, facilitate meeting and
take notes/action items for Core Grantee Partner calls.
Continue to maintain strong working
relationships with Hand in Hand grantees to ensure effective
program implementation and strong communications; keep a record of
all Hand in Hand records in the grants management system.
STRATEGY AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (25%)
Support the development of RND and
other potential CRUS campaign’s grants strategies.
Conduct portfolio and issue-related
research, as needed.
If applicable and in partnership with
the Director of Grants Programs, help determine when to engage in
Rapid Response grantmaking, conduct outreach, and assess concept
notes for Rapid Response grants.
Conduct research and assess concept
notes/proposals for potential Opportunity Grantee Partners, as
Youth Advisory Council
Ensure high-functioning, productive
YAC is anchored in trusting relationships and has ample
opportunities to grow and exercise their leadership;
Deliver strong curriculum and
training for YAC members;
Successfully launch new YAC
Develop and implement compelling
grantmaking process and guidelines;
Engage in field development
activities for shared learning;
Connect YAC members to external
speaking & professional development opportunities;
Collaborate across CRUS teams to
communicate on YAC;
Plan for new cohort and longer,
staggered terms for 2020-21 cohort.
Launch & facilitate mentorship
IMPACT COMMUNICATIONS, STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT,
CROSS-DEPARTMENTAL PARTNERSHIP & COORDINATION (40%)
Manage the collection and filing of
Grantee Partners’ assets, including case studies, photographs,
videos, 'money buys' and other impact-related content.
Produce or provide feedback on
impact-related content; research and write issue briefs/talking
points for senior leaders.
Provide research, logistical, and
safeguarding support on filming projects with Grantee Partners to
ensure that CR USA's relationships with its Grantee Partners are
protected and RND's impact is portrayed accurately and ethically;
connect film crews with relevant Grantee Partners, participate in
briefing calls, and attend filming trips as required.
Provide logistical support and
grantee relationship management for stakeholder site visits;
coordinate with the fundraising and operations
Act as the primary point of contact
and manager of grants and impact-related inquiries. Maintain strong
communication with the Director of Grant Programs and SVP of Grants
Programs about requests for information and support relating to the
Red Nose Day Campaign.
Serve as a consultative partner to
other departments looking to leverage grantee-provided assets;
support the Director of Grants Programs as a liaison between other
CR USA departments and the relevant marketing, communications, PR,
creative, digital and talent counterparts at Grantee
Partner with both the operations and
creative team on best practices for Safeguarding and the management
of clearances and rights for impact-related assets, ensuring the
dignity and privacy of featured person(s).
Support internal learning
opportunities about grantmaking, impact and relevant
Collect, share across departments and
coordinate CR USA’s participation in events relating to Grantee
Partners, relevant issue areas and other impact-related
In partnership with the SVP of Grant
Programs and Director of Communications, pursue and facilitate
thought leadership and advocacy opportunities for Comic Relief US;
build an advocacy strategy to help guide CRUS’s plans and decisions
as they relate to thought leadership and advocacy.
In partnership with the SVP of Grant
Programs and Grant Programs Manager, develop agendas for
Grants Team meetings and retreats; monitor action items.
Supervise and project manage Interns
and Fellows relating to research and communications /
Play a supervisory role, along with
the Grant Programs Manager, for the Grant Programs
These responsibilities, as outlined, are not meant to imply
that these are the only duties to be performed by the Grants
Programs and Communications Manager. S/he is expected to perform
other duties as requested by his or her supervisor.
Comic Relief US values diversity and is committed to the
recruitment and retention of individuals of underrepresented
backgrounds including race, religion, gender, and sexual