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Grants Manager

Full Time

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America Needs You (ANY) fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. ANY operates in New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California. Visit to learn more.


We care deeply about creating a diverse and inclusive space for our Fellows, volunteers, stakeholders and staff, and strongly encourage first-generation college graduates and talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply. We actively seek to learn from a variety of perspectives and are an equal opportunity employer in accordance with state and federal law. Read more about our Core Values and commitment to Diversity and Belonging here.


ANY is currently seeking a highly motivated and energetic Grants Manager with a passion for building partnerships. The Grants Manager will work with the Chief External Affairs Officer to achieve our fundraising goals by enhancing existing strategies, contributing to a long-term fund development plan, and securing a strong support base for our organization. The Grants Manager will be responsible for ANY’s national grants calendar and crafting compelling proposals and reports. The Grants Manager reports directly to the Chief External Affairs Officer and works closely with other senior staff to increase the impact of our work.



Our Ideal Candidate:

    Thinks like an owner and creatively seeks solutions
    Understands the unique needs of stakeholders and embraces a customer-service mentality
    Is comfortable with ambiguity and can quickly pivot when necessary



We Offer:

    A warm, collaborative work environment with a rich culture of support and feedback
    A generous benefits package (health/dental insurance, 403(b), FSA, three weeks vacation, etc.)
    Connections to an expansive professional network



Key Responsibilities:

    Manage national grants calendar, ensuring proposals and reports are submitted in advance of deadlines
    Create and manage standardized templates for proposal development, donor reporting, etc.
    Write compelling proposals and reports, communicating program data persuasively
    Develop and maintain a monthly tracking report of new contacts and prospects, significantly increasing ANY’s funder pipeline
    Identify and solicit new gifts to support general operating, program, and pilot related expenses
    Work with Chief External Affairs Officer to create and execute a plan for sustained partnership
    Prepare supporting documents and attachments for grant applications; work closely with Chief Financial Officer to build program budgets and fund use reports
    Maintain database records in addition to thorough and complete electronic files



Other Responsibilities:

    Maintain correspondence with current and prospective donors to ensure they receive ongoing updates on programs and ANY’s growth
    Support special events or major donor program logistics as needed
    Attend quarterly Saturday workshops to facilitate workshop sessions and engage with Fellows, volunteer Mentor Coaches, and invited guests
    Additional projects as determined by the Chief External Affairs Officer




    A minimum of 3 years of experience in grant writing
    Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding corporate and foundation gifts
    Strong project management with an ownership mentality (manages up well, manages sideways, knows how to get answers, etc.)
    Entrepreneurial with fast project execution
    Comfort with ambiguity and flexibility
    Comfort with data and data analysis
    Detail-oriented and organized
    Bachelor’s degree required



America Needs You offers a competitive salary and benefits package. ANY employees receive ample vacation time and the opportunity to work with a talented team on projects that have a real impact in their community.



To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, a short grant writing sample (1-2 pages) and resume to (subject line: Grants Manager – Last_Name, First_Name). Please note that your application will not be considered without a cover letter. No phone calls please.


Salary for this position is in the $60 – $65k range, commensurate with experience.

America Needs You