Grant Manager - Remote Position

Chimp Haven
Louisiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Feb 16, 2023

REPORTS TO:  Chief Development and Marketing Officer



Status:  Full-time

FLSA:     Exempt


ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW:  At Chimp Haven we believe we’re not that different, humans and chimpanzees. Chimps have personalities, emotions and relationships, just like us, and we’re on a mission to connect them to the happy healthy lives they deserve. That’s why we’re providing and promoting personalized care for chimpanzees, most of whom were retired from biomedical research, by helping them, for their remaining years, live a good life – the chimp life. Chimp Haven serves as the national Chimpanzee Sanctuary and is located on 200 forested acres in northwest Louisiana just outside of Shreveport.  Chimp Haven provides exceptional care for more than 300 chimpanzees retired from research or no longer used in the entertainment industry or as pets.  As more retired chimpanzees make their way from research institutions to sanctuary, our population continues to grow. Chimp Haven has a well-designed facility to support the physical and emotional well-being of all animals, experienced staff and high standards for operational excellence. Equal Opportunity Employer.


THE OPPORTUNITY: The Grants Manager plays a critical role in the fundraising success of the organization by helping raise unrestricted funds from some of the largest private funders in the US. The position works strategically with the Chief Development and Marketing Officer (CDMO) to establish and implement a successful outreach and proposal development process and is responsible for cultivating long-term relationships with large, private and family foundations and corporations with a targeted ask of $25,000 - $1M+ in unrestricted funds.  


The Grants Manager is responsible for all research, relationship cultivation, proposal development and submission, tracking, reporting and stewardship of all current and new foundation funders. She/he should be well versed in all facets of foundation and corporate giving and must be able to persuasively communicate Chimp Haven’s vision and program.




  • Develop a deep understanding of Chimp Haven programs and strategic priorities to identify and articulate specific organizational needs to funders.
  • In partnership with Chief Development and Marketing Officer (CDMO), develop strategies and multi-year work plan to capitalize on growth opportunities and increase revenue from foundation and corporate partners.
  • Create and maintain a pipeline of potential foundation and corporate partnerships through ongoing research and outreach.
  • Lead development of high-quality grants, producing all proposal and foundation related documents (proposals, reports, stewardship, and general correspondence).
  • Serve as proposal manager for complex submissions, working closely with Animal Care leadership and Finance Departments.
  • Work closely with team members across the organization to gather information for submissions and reporting requirements and ensure consistent messaging and marketing of all Chimp Haven activities.
  • Effectively transition awarded projects to relevant team members for implementation.
  • Build meaningful relationships with current and prospective funders to deepen their support of the organization.
  • Timely document key conversations and pertinent information into the relationship management database.
  • Demonstrate exemplary stewardship by providing engaging and timely reports and feedback on investments.
  • Analyze, measure and report on all key activities. Utilize learnings to drive future changes and growth in revenue, reach and engagement.
  • Manage grant agreement compliance and file maintenance, including an ongoing update of all grants and compliance needs, schedules for re-applications and reporting
  • Serve as a highly positive and collaborative partner with colleagues throughout the organization.
  • Attend training regarding chimpanzee safety, well-being, and species-typical behaviors; participate in learning opportunities to advance fundraising knowledge.
  • Exhibit the highest ethical and moral values possible.
  • Represent Chimp Haven in a professional manner at all times.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing or related field preferred and 5+ years’ experience in grant-writing and resource development.
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles including grant-writing, research, gift cultivation and stewardship.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A passion for the mission and purpose of Chimp Haven.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required.
  • Ability to travel to Chimp Haven 1-2 times per year for donor tours, department retreat, training or other activities.



  • Ability to establish priorities, to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously, and work well under pressure with keen attention to details.
  • Ability to professionally and effectively communicate Chimp Haven’s mission, vision, and programmatic scope.
  • Must possess superior written communication skills including the ability to edit for quality, congruity, and style.
  • Ability to think strategically and develop new processes to advance fundraising opportunities.
  • Ability to work independently, provide follow-up proficiently, and make timely decisions, despite competing requirements.
  • Proven ability to secure funding through written proposals. Track record in exceeding goals.
  • Ability to assimilate information about programs from a variety of sources to develop credibility and communicate persuasively both verbally and in writing to funders.
  • Have the ability to develop deep content knowledge quickly and to share that knowledge in effective and compelling ways with prospective funders
  • Possess the desire and ability to work collaboratively and virtually with staff members across teams.
  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders; operates with authenticity, clarity, transparency and effectiveness.
  • Strong technology skills. Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and Raiser’s Edge.







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