The Grants Manager role is a new position at RQI and will be
responsible for the growth and management of a new
organization-wide grants program.
Over its 30-plus year history, RQI has secured several
significant, multi-year grants, including from the Library of
Congress, the National Science Foundation, and other institutions.
However, in terms of annual revenue, the organization is not fully
realizing the potential of grant funding to advance its mission. In
addition to funding, well aligned partnerships with foundations can
provide new avenues for RQI to deepen its impact. Growing a more
systematic approach to grant acquisition and management is a
strategic priority for the organization. The Grants Manager will
help drive that process.
As an organization that works in the landscape of education,
legal empowerment, and democratic engagement, we believe there is
significant alignment between foundation giving priorities and what
we offer. We are seeking a Grants Manager to help identify grant
opportunities that advance our mission, prepare competitive grant
applications, and shepherd grants from proposal to final grant
This is a meaningful opportunity to help RQI expand and deepen
its impact. The person in this role will be a key member of the
development team, working closely with colleagues to build and
shape this new grants program. In doing so, they will contribute to
a world where people have the power, confidence, and skills to
address some of society’s most pressing challenges.
The Grants Manager will work collaboratively across multiple
programs, demonstrating a deep understanding of programmatic
content and impact. The ideal candidate will be experienced in
managing successful grant applications and will possess strong
network-building skills to establish and sustain relationships with
foundation program officers. The Grants Manager should have
outstanding organizational skills and excellent budgeting and
About the Right Question Institute
The Right Question Institute (RQI) is a unique and dynamic
nonprofit organization that builds the capacity of individuals and
communities to ask questions and participate in decisions that
RQI’s methods help people — especially those furthest from power
— build skills for learning, engaging, and taking action. For more
than 30 years, RQI's innovative work has been used by educators,
legal aid practitioners, health care providers, public agencies,
social services organizations, and many others to help strengthen
people’s sense of agency, confidence, and power — contributing to a
more just and equitable democracy.
By fostering a culture of question-asking and inquiry, RQI helps
build a world where people have the skills and confidence to
navigate complex systems, find the information they need, make
their voices heard, and take democratic action. In school settings,
educators from more than 160 countries use RQI’s teaching methods
to bring the essential skill of question formulation to millions of
students — building lifelong skills for learning, critical
thinking, and participating in a robust democracy.
To advance its mission, RQI develops simple yet powerful tools
and strategies and supports frontline workers and organizations in
a range of fields.
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, RQI has an annual budget of
$1.4 million and a staff of 11.
RQI values its intentional and thoughtful organizational
culture, which is characterized by collaboration, inclusivity,
openness, mutual respect, and a shared commitment to learning and
continuous improvement. We strive to create a diverse, equitable,
and inclusive workplace.
Develop, grow, and sustain a grants program at
Identify funding opportunities with
foundations, governmental agencies, corporate, and community-based
funding organizations to meet financial and operational goals of
Cultivate and manage relationships
with foundations and funder stakeholders through targeted and
strategic outreach and stewardship.
Work with RQI program staff in
identifying projects eligible for grant funding and how to develop
project and program work plans that are grant ready.
Analyze grant funding trends to
identify growing programs and opportunities for increased funding;
develop strong, expanding pipelines of foundations for RQI
Create and maintain a grants
Responsible for submission of all grant applications and
Work with RQI grant writer on writing
grant proposals, letters of interest/inquiry, concept papers, and
related materials for proposal submissions that align with funder
Manage progress of all grant-funded
programs and broker communication between funders and RQI program
staff; consult with funder program officers as needed.
Monitor, evaluation, and record keeping:
Provide guidance to RQI staff on
necessary and/or useful evaluation strategies to grow reporting
capacity and improve outcomes-based proposal writing.
Inform staff of the requirements of
grant contracts and assist in advising on how best to navigate any
necessary changes with funders.
Maintain records and files related to
past, present, and prospective grant engagements, including
proposal information, contracts, paperwork, and key
Financials and budgets:
Prepare program and project budgets
in collaboration with program staff.
Track and monitor annual grant
revenue goals to provide financial updates and recommendations for
annual budget development.
Skills and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Minimum five years experience in a
nonprofit or foundation environment
Minimum three years experience in
grants administration/management; CGMS credential a plus
Excellent communication and
interpersonal skills; superlative writing and editing skills
Ability to prioritize work, meet
deadlines, and produce quality results on time
Experience with developing and
monitoring budgets and financial reporting
Ability to work collaboratively yet
also work independently with little direct supervision
Proficiency with office applications
and online collaboration tools, such as Microsoft Suite, Google
suite, Zoom, Adobe, DocuSign, Dropbox, etc
Commitment to RQI’s culture of
collaboration, inclusivity, openness, and mutual respect; and to
diversity, equity, and inclusion
Salary range: $65,000 - $80,000, commensurate
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Fully remote, with expected travel to
Boston 2-4 times per year
Please submit a one-page cover letter and your CV/resume to
your cover letter, tell us what qualifies you for this position and
why you’re the right person to fill this role.
Applications will be reviewed and applicants interviewed on a
rolling basis, with final application deadline of April 14,
Start date: July 2023
The Right Question Institute is an equal opportunity
employer. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse staff and
encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented