Grants Manager

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Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center


At Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, our development department is ambitious, strategic, and collaborative, focusing on supporting multiple programs and services that are critical for the community. We seek a team member who is strategic, self-motivated, and good humored who can help us advance our mission.


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grants Manager is responsible for securing funding from current and prospective foundations at local, state, and national levels. This will include creating and maintaining an accurate grants calendar to ensure funding goals are met, prospecting new funding opportunities to support programming needs, planning and implementing specific strategies for each prospective funder, developing and updating grant proposal language, supporting financial aspects of grant management, producing grant correspondence/cultivation, and coordinating monthly meetings with program directors. The successful candidate excels at identifying and securing funding opportunities that align with CHSC’s mission and strategic initiatives.


The ideal candidate has extensive grant writing experience with a view toward expanding funding opportunities for programs and services, expertise in collaboration with program staff, strong analytical and organizational skills, and has exemplary persuasive writing skills.


Since philanthropy is critical to our organization, and at times fast-paced, it is vital that the candidate has a mature mindset and can work very well on the team. We are a team that builds each other up, pitches in to help when necessary, and uses ingenuity to get the job done.


In short, we are looking for a candidate who is a builder – and will work towards growing grant revenues.


Oversite of Primary Objectives:


– Responsible for the strategic management and coordination of grants. Develop a comprehensive annual action plan detailing grant application timelines/deadlines, stewardship activities, etc.


– Prospect research new funding opportunities


– Develop and maintain stewardship activities with grant funders


-Manage internal process – coordinate and facilitate departmental meetings to review and prepare for grants


Essential Duties and Expectations
Prepare, edit, and submit proposals, reports, letters, and budgets for funders in a timely and professional manner
·         Facilitate the planning of grant proposals and reports, including serving as the liaison between departments

·         Plan and organize monthly meetings with necessary staff to ensure timelines are met, report requirements are understood, etc.

Maintain an accurate grants and corporate sponsorship calendar, tracking grant deliverables and timelines for both
Develop and execute funder cultivation and stewardship, including the scheduling of meetings, preparation of compelling correspondence (white papers, presentations, etc.), and active participation in donor appreciation activities, site visits, and events
·         Identify, cultivate, and solicit corporations and foundations based on CHSC goals and objectives.

Recommends solicitation strategies for corporations and foundations as it relates to CHSC’s campaign, special events, program and operating needs.
Researches and reviews potential local and national funding sources.
Prepares, writes, edits, proofs and submits grant proposals and applications.
Researches statistical data to provide needs analysis as required for grant applications.
Meets with appropriate personnel and assists with planning and making arrangement for site visits, including appropriate follow-up
Maintain appropriate documentation and files
Complete all necessary post-grant reporting requirements
Prepares monthly Grant Activity Report and other reports as requested by management
As needed, manages corporate sponsorship requests, including request letters, personal contacts, and request amounts for the benefit or other events.
Manage prospect research to support CHSC’s wide array of funding needs and develop creative funder outreach strategies
5.      Develop expertise on existing donors, prospects, and how to communicate our work to supporters

6.      Develop and update language for applications and proposals to support CHSC’s programs and services

Support financial aspects of grants and project management, including budget proposals; budget modifications, and working with the Controller on reconciliations and financial reporting
8.      Work in conjunction with our Development Coordinator to ensure that institutional gifts and activities are properly entered in our donor database and appropriate acknowledgements are generated and sent

9.      Contribute to the overall strategy of the fundraising department and work with the team to execute our goals

Assists with CHSC special events and activities as necessary, including but not limited to the annual meeting, the Big Wheel Relay, the annual benefit, and the donor recognition event
Support special campaigns through proposal preparation and stewardship
10.  Perform other special projects as needed


Required Qualifications and Skills

·      Bachelor’s degree

·      3-5 years minimum of grant writing and fundraising experience

·      Strong writing skills with particular strength in relaying information in a concise and persuasive manner

·      Excellent verbal communication skills including ability to interact positively with stakeholders

·      Experience and ability to take the lead on successful team projects

·      Strong research skills, preferably with funders using tools like Foundation Search and LinkedIn.

·      Ability to learn quickly on the job and synthesize complex themes in writing

·      Exceptional attention to detail and strong organization skills

·      Excellent judgment and critical thinking skills

·      Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and perform under deadlines and changing schedules

·      Must be self-motivated and able to initiate projects and ideas

·      Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a team

·      Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising database experience required, advanced knowledge of Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred.

·      Energetic, positive and enthusiastic worker with a commitment to the values of the organization.

·      Must be proficient in Microsoft Office especially on Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

·      Formatting and grammar nerds preferred!

·      Ability to fulfill occasional local travel and evening/weekend obligations is required


1.       A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations or its equivalent in experience is required.

2.       3-5 years fundraising or grant writing experience is preferred.

3.       Experience with fundraising software, particularly Raiser’s Edge is preferred.

4.       Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills required.


To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter, three references to Sara Thomas at NO phone calls.

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