The Director of Grant collaborates with colleagues across the
organization to execute grants that achieve the strategic and
philanthropic goals of The Chicago Community Trust. Reporting
to the CFO, responsibilities include developing, recommending, and
implementing policies and procedures related to grants management,
as well as providing leadership for interdepartmental activities
regarding the acquisition and administration of Competitive,
Designated, and Donor Advised grants. The Director of Grants
is responsive to the needs of grant seekers, internal staff, and
executive committee members.
- Oversee the Grants Management department to execute all types
of grant-making including Competitive, Designated, and Donor
- Manage, inspire, train, and evaluate the Grants Management team
to achieve departmental goals and support organizational
- Lead decision-making among colleagues to design and execute
efficient and effective funding programs.
- Partner with Community Impact team to leverage the grants
management system to best achieve the department’s goals.
- Incorporate industry best practices in grants management to
support the Trust in designing and improving grants policies,
procedures, and technology, reflecting strong internal controls and
US GAAP compliance.
- Answer and manage external and internal inquiries about the
Trust’s grant program and specific funding opportunities.
Communicate with grantees regarding their grant agreements,
payments, and reports.
- Plan grant cycles and deadlines in coordination with Community
- Oversee training staff on both grant procedures and grants
- Collaborate across departments to improve internal
- Serve on various internal and interdepartmental committees as
This description should not be construed to contain every
function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by
an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform
other related functions as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public
Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Finance or
Economics OR an equivalent combination of
professional work experience, training, and education.
- Ten (10) years of grant development experience.
- Three (3) years’ prior experience in grant administration
policies and procedures.
- Three (3) years of prior supervisory, managerial or project
management work experience.
- Thorough knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local
rules, regulations and guidelines related to grants
- Considerable knowledge of grant writing and application
process. Knowledge of grants management software.
- Ability to analyze financial and other statistical data.
Ability to determine compliance with federal and state statutes,
rules, and regulations, as well as departmental grant
- Ability to make sound judgments and effectively communicate
with others in written and oral form.
- Ability to evaluate and prioritize multiple assignments in an
efficient and timely manner.
- Excellent Microsoft Office skills.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Experience with process improvement.
- Skilled in the management of other professionals engaged in
computer-based financial and budgetary analysis.
- Skilled in presentation development using Microsoft PowerPoint
and/or other presentation software.
- Strong problem-solving skills, a willingness to take calculated
risks and creatively address complex issues.
- Strong listening skills, with the ability to synthesize
feedback and information from various stakeholders.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Trust is committed to creating a diverse work
environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The
Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age,
disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected
status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all
backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a
disability, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a
reasonable accommodation to complete this application.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are fundamental to
achieving our impact
The Chicago Community Trust’s vision is a Chicago region where
equity, opportunity, and prosperity abound. We acknowledge the
specific role discrimination and systemic barriers based on race,
ethnicity, and other varied identities and differences have played
in limiting opportunities for too many. A commitment to Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion is at the core of who we are, the decisions
we make, and the actions we take in our work to strengthen the
communities we serve and advance our strategic focus to close the
racial and ethnic wealth gap. Click here to learn
more about our strategic plan.
The History of The Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust was founded in 1915 by Norman and
Albert Harris, father and son duo of the Harris Trust and Savings
Bank (now BMO Harris Bank). The Trust was the fourth community
foundation ever created. There are now 750 community foundations in
Canada and the U.S.
As our region’s community foundation, the Trust unites generous
donors, committed nonprofits and caring residents to effect lasting
change that moves our entire region forward. Our approach centers
on tackling the region’s immediate needs and addressing the root
causes of deep-seated issues to realize a more prosperous future
for all who call metropolitan Chicago home.
For more than 100 years, donors have entrusted their
philanthropic resources and visions to our stewardship. Guided by
our deep knowledge of the community, we fund, lead, convene and
collaborate to address the greatest and most critical needs facing
the Chicago region. From the $22 million raised to help with
unemployment relief in the Great Depression to spearheading an
effort to help people keep their homes during the foreclosure
crisis of the Great Recession to $35 million raised for the Chicago
Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which supported nonprofits
serving our most vulnerable neighbors, Chicagoans have put their
trust in us.
In 2019, we announced we would focus our discretionary spending
over the next decade on working to close Chicago’s growing racial
and ethnic wealth gap. The Trust envisions a Chicago region that’s
stronger and more prosperous because everyone—regardless of race,
ethnicity, or zip code—has equitable access to the opportunities
and resources they need to succeed and live a fulfilling life.
With assets of more than $3.7 billion, the Trust, in partnership
with its donors, distributes more than $600 million in grants each
year. The Trust Team seeks to match the passion and commitment of
donors, grant recipients, residents, and community leaders that
continue to work tirelessly to make the Chicago region one where
all have the opportunity to realize their dreams.