Grants Manager

Philanthropy Northwest
Sedro Woolley, Washington, US
Jun 16, 2021
Jun 21, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The Grants Manager increases the capacity of North Cascades Institute by managing foundation, corporate and government grants. The successful candidate will ensure that the Institute's grants program aligns with our mission, vision and strategic plan, and supports our operational goals and annual budget.

The Grants Manager is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the grant application and management process including: identification of potential funding sources, development of funding resources for existing and proposed programs, writing grants, collaborating with program managers to develop budgets, and reporting to funders. This position is part of the Development Team and contributes to selected major gift requests, special events, sponsorships and other community engagement events.


This is a regular, full-time, exempt position primarily located at the Institute's Sedro-Woolley office (with work-from-home options). Salary range $43,000 to $49,000 annually based on experience. We offer a competitive compensation package including paid time-off, medical/dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, tax-defined annuity and contribution retirement plan, and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs.

Start Date

August 15, 2021 or sooner

Equal Opportunity Employer

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at North Cascades Institute. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.

About North Cascades Institute

North Cascades Institute's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. Since 1986, we have helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history. Our goal is to help people of all ages and backgrounds experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest - so all will care for and protect this special place.

North Cascades Institute is a respected leader among U.S. environmental education organizations. We believe that sustainable communities are built on healthy environments, vibrant economies and social equity. The Institute is in sound financial health with a $4 million budget and strong reserves, and 15 four-star ratings with Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Foundation Grant Management (70%) : Manage grants program including prospect research, scheduling, writing proposals and reports, stewarding gifts, and tracking grant progress and budgets. Collaborate with program managers in gathering data and details about future programming. Assume lead role in writing, editing, and submission of proposals. Build and maintain relationships with foundation staff, including in-person meetings and facilitation of site visits. Assist program managers with participant surveys and data collection/analysis to create program reports. Collaborate with development and executive directors to develop a strategic, productive approach to grant seeking. Work with Institute communications team to publicly acknowledge grants. Ensure compliance with grant reporting requirements.
  • Corporate Relations (10%) : Coordinate the corporate relations program including researching and developing sponsorship proposals, solicitations, reports, acknowledgement plans, and personal relationships to grow corporate revenue and in-kind contributions. Help develop new relationships with local and industry-specific corporations. Collaborate with marketing, registration and other staff to implement sponsorship benefits as appropriate. Work with program managers to maintain an inventory of gear needs.
  • Government Grant Management (10%): Identify opportunities to apply for federal, state, tribal, and local government grants. Work with North Cascades National Park Service Complex, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, local tribes, and other Institute partners for pass-through and collaborative grant opportunities. Assist Program Managers and Finance Director in grant tracking and invoicing.
  • Contribute to Institute Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives (10%) : Support the Institute's equity initiatives and actively foster a community of belonging that is welcoming and accessible to everyone. Develop personal equity, diversity, and inclusion related goal(s) and track progress with your supervisor.
Candidate Qualifications:
Required Qualifications
  • At least three years of grant-writing experience, or other fundraising, marketing or writing experience
  • Strong project management skills and accountability in meeting deadlines and juggling multiple projects
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate it in a compelling and succinct form
  • Detail-oriented and accurate
  • Demonstrated track record of winning grants
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Zoom, and Google programs
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Enjoys collaborating and communicating with program managers, colleagues, board members, and external partners
  • Centers relationship-building within communications, seeking to know colleagues and understand their skills, interests and backgrounds
  • Available for occasional weekend or evening work and travel within Washington
  • Passion for the Institute's goal to connect people, nature and community
  • Commitment to contributing to a welcoming and inclusive work environment
  • Final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that may include employment history, national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and a driving history check

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with Pacific Northwest foundations
  • Familiarity with government agencies and government grants
  • Professional experience in environmental education or as a Washington state teacher
  • Use of Salesforce database
  • Experience using research tools (such as GuideStar and Foundation Directory Online) to source and track prospect information
  • Exhibits keen cultural awareness and humility
  • Experience working with diverse constituents
  • Seeks and offers direct feedback with a growth mindset
How to Apply
Application Contact:

Contact Jodi Broughton at (360) 854-2596 with questions.

Application Deadline:

July 9, 2021

Application Instructions:

To ApplyPlease apply online on our website at: a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, as well as a writing sample (past grant or report preferred).

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