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The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is an organization in
transformation. Five years ago, the Foundation set a course
to achieve its vision of a more equitable New Jersey. Given the
devastating events of the last two years, it has accelerated this
commitment and further refined its vision and strategic direction
to center racial equity and justice, where people of all races and
communities have equal access to opportunities and can thrive and
achieve their full potential.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has a long history of
cultivating vibrant ecosystems and resourcing efforts to promote
the well-being of people across New Jersey. In its grantmaking, the
Foundation prioritizes networks, movements, organizations, and
leaders closest to the harms and solutions to inequity and
injustice and who have been historically excluded from investment
and opportunity. In doing so, it is shifting wealth, power, and
other critical resources to changemakers on the frontlines of
communities and movements in ways that enable them to accelerate,
deepen, and advance their work on their terms.
Foundation Board and Staff are energized by the progress the
organization is making in investing in emergent and historically
under-resourced communities, namely communities of color:
- In 2021, the Foundation launched the first round of
Imagine a New Waygrants to organizations advocating for just
systems and tackling barriers to equity in New Jersey.
- In January 2022, the Foundation introduced its
organizations selected by a panel of community leaders employing
diverse strategies to address root causes of structural racism
across the state. The Momentum Fund provides cohort members with
three years of flexible funding to support them as they explore new
approaches and self-determine the best course forward in their
This is a critical time at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as
it works to transform its grantmaking, partnerships, and internal
operations to center racial equity and justice and ensure that
these values and capabilities are central to all that it is and all
that it does. This is a “build moment” for the Foundation. As such,
it is seeking entrepreneurial team members who are excited about
opportunities to create and who are energized by working in deeply
collaborative ways, actively learning, building new relationships,
and leveraging and amplifying community expertise and
For more information on Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, please
visit the organization’s website. The Strategic
Direction and President’s
Messages include additional details about the Foundation’s
The Grants Manager plays a critical role in helping the
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation operationalize its transformation to
a racial justice funder. Working at both strategic and
tactical levels, the Grants Manager will collaborate with Program
and Operations teams on re-designing and managing the full life
cycle of the Foundation’s grantmaking processes to ensure they are
aligned with our values.
Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Grants Manager will
administer grantmaking operations across the Foundation, ensure
appropriate structure and integrity of the grants management
database (Salesforce) and fulfill the information needs of the
organization’s leadership, staff, and grantee partners. The Grants
Manager will also work in a highly integrated way with Program and
Finance teams to ensure a smooth grantmaking process and
experience, both for Dodge team members and for our grantee
partners. Currently, the Grants Manager manages a grantmaking
volume of approximately 250 grants of $12 million annually.
As the Foundation is in a period of significant transformation,
the Grants Manager is instrumental in refining grantmaking systems
and processes and will demonstrate high degrees of judgment,
flexibility, and responsiveness to the evolving needs of our teams
and partners. Additionally, as Foundation staff will continue to
work mostly remotely, the Grants Manager will need to be highly
self-directed, independent, and effective working with limited
in-person direction or interaction.
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.
- Serve as the primary user for Dodge’s grantmaking system
(Salesforce), staying abreast of system changes, coordinating
activities with the entire team and external partners as necessary
to address new issues or needs, and to work with the Director of
Operations to maintain the system’s efficiency and
- Collaborate with the VP of Programs and Director of Operations
to create, revise and improve grantmaking processes, dashboards and
application forms to ensure that collected data is properly coded
and reported on within Salesforce.
- Plan and facilitate regular “production” meetings and support
communication and collaboration between Program, Finance, IT, and
other cross-functional teams so that all grant management
activities are smoothly implemented.
- Monitor grant data entry and workflow processes to ensure
adequate internal controls, due diligence, and overall data quality
- Manage compliance with government regulations and Foundation
- Prepare and quality-check grantee correspondence, such as award
and decline letters, grant amendments, letter templates, and
audit compliance documents.
- Monitor grant proposals, reports and payments to ensure all
grants are moving through the process in a timely
fashion. Identify and address areas for improvement with
Program and Finance team members.
- Develop/provide grant management systems training and guidance
to Program staff and conduct onboarding for all new hires. Maintain
electronic grant management manuals and procedures
- 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 Finance team to make sure all grants and
grant-related activities are properly recorded in the accounting
- Manage staff and trustee discretionary grant process
- Support the Director of Communications and CEO to ensure
contact data integrity and to generate mailing lists for external
- Three to five years of relevant professional experience in
philanthropy, grants administration/management in a non-profit, and
or relevant technical experience.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
- Strong proficiency with grants management systems and
databases required. Experience with Salesforce is a plus.
- Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and
- A track record demonstrating sound judgment, discernment, and
critical thinking skills, especially when faced with new
opportunities or challenges.
- Thrives working in a small organization where everyone wears
many hats and works at both strategic and tactical levels of work
- Systems-minded and an independent problem solver/learner who
takes initiative to identify/design right-sized solutions to data
management and workflow challenges.
- Excellent analytical skills with the ability to synthesize and
“find the story” in large and complex sets of data.
- Professional maturity and discretion with regard to the
handling of confidential or sensitive information
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail with
a strong sense of personal responsibility for work quality and
- Highly collaborative with ability to manage up and across
diverse teams and work styles to achieve results.
- Solid written, verbal, and interpersonal communication
- Positive attitude, cooperative, and service orientated when
working with diverse colleagues and grantee partners.
- Proactive and self-motivated with the ability to effectively
manage individual timelines and deliverables with limited remote
- High level of flexibility, responsiveness and tolerance for
change and ambiguity; Able to maintain calm and professionalism and
embrace learning, amidst uncertainty
- Must live within commuting distance to the Foundation’s
Morristown NJ office and be available to work from the office as
needed, currently 1-2 days per week.
- Eligible to work in the United States.
Compensation & Benefits
The starting salary range for the Grants Manager position
$85,000-$100,000 commensurate with experience. The Foundation also
offers a full and competitive benefits package that includes, full
medical and dental insurance, generous retirement contributions,
paid medical and parental leave programs, professional development,
cell phone reimbursement, and 20 days of vacation for full-time
Please submit your application
here Your cover letter should outline your interest in the
role and how you feel your experience is a match.
We will accept applications on a rolling basis until filled.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation values a diverse workforce and
an inclusive culture. We employ qualified people without regard to:
race; color; religion; sex; national origin; age; ancestry;
disability; sexual orientation; pregnancy or breastfeeding; veteran
or military status; marital status; civil union or domestic
partnership status; arrest record; citizenship; credit history;
genetic information; gender identity or expression; status as a
victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking; or any
other characteristic protected under federal or state law.