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Little City Foundation Grants Manager in Inverness, Illinois

Grants Manager

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Job Location

Colonial Parkway - Inverness, IL

Position Type

Full Time

Education Level

Bachelor's Degree & 5yrs dev/fundraising

Job Shift

Business hours w/flexibility

Job Category

Business Development


Key Words: Grants Management, Grants Coordinator, Grants Specialist, Grants Compliance Officer, Grants Supervisor


Visit :  www.littlecity.org/careers/ or send your cover letter/ Resume to recruiter@littlecity.org


  • Subject Line:Open Position: Grants Manager

  • Attach:Resume / Cover Letter

  • A personalized cover letter is required


    This position allows for flexible work from home.


    The Grants Manager will report to the Director of Grants. He/she will research available grant opportunities and write proposals for funds that are typically provided for specified purposes. The Grants Manager will also ensure that funding is used in accordance with the grant requirements. Grant applications written will match grantors’ interests with Little City Foundation’s programming, operational and capital improvement needs by applying research, grant writing, and stewardship skills to all Little City program and facility priorities.


    The list of essential duties and responsibilities, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the task to be performed. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein is such duties are a logical assignment to the position.


  • Manages process to secure funding from appropriate grantors, including corporations, foundations, government, and non-profit organizations. This includes providing leadership and strong collaboration with Little City’s Facilities team, Board members, Chief Program Officers, and other internal stakeholders.

  • In collaboration with the Director of Grants, will research, manage, and obtain capital grant projects that are vital to the growth and quality of Little City’s programs and facilities.

  • Will faithfully and on a timely basis demonstrate excellent decision making and problem-solving skills while executing plans resulting in retained and upgraded relationships. Evaluate funders’ guidelines and interests, analyzing relevant organizational needs with funders’ criteria and information. In partnership with program and facilities staff, make recommendations regarding pursuing opportunities.

  • Initiate, develop, and maintain relationships with funders as well as Little City program staff and board members to provide stewardship of grant funding, including but not limited to funder site visits. Actively engage and build strong partnerships with corporate and human services personnel and program officers.

  • In concert with Director of Grants and other Little City staff, develop monthly, quarterly, and annual strategic plans to secure funding, identifying prospective grant opportunities and resources. Write grant proposals unique to funders’ needs while maintaining files and other information (e.g., legal documents) common to all proposals.

  • Complete and submit grant proposals and reports to funders in a timely manner.

  • Maintain complete electronic and hard-copy files on all grants and supporting documentation, in Raiser’s Edge and Grant Navigator.

  • Research corporate, private, and competitive government grant opportunities using appropriate research databases and online search tools.

  • Provide support to Development Department during special events as needed.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director of Grants.

  • Maintains American Heart Association certification in First Aid, CPR and successfully complete Little City required training, if required.



Bachelor’s Degree in English, journalism, or liberal arts field required; Master’s Degree preferred. At least 5 years of successful experience in a grant professional capacity. Five years of non-profit programming, partnership development and/or fundraising experience, required. Proven track record in corporate, private, family foundation and government fundraising including: research, prospect identification, proposal writing, grant/project management. Strong ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously as well as competing priorities, work independently and pay close attention to detail. Possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Provide leadership in working with program and facilities staff to develop program applications and government contracts. Position requires regular communication with private and government funders, serving as liaison between funders and Little City Foundation. Knowledge, understanding and prior use of Raiser’s Edge, Grant Navigator, or similar fundraising, grant management, and financial management software preferred.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to sitting for prolonged periods; frequently walks, stands, grasps , lifts, holds, or feels objects; occasionally stoops, kneels, crouches, or crawls. Extended use of computer and typing is required. The employee frequently is required to use manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination when working and handling office equipment. The employee is subject to assist and support up to 25 pounds with varying amounts of assistance on a reoccurring basis.  The employee is required to have corrected vision and hearing within normal range and the ability to operate office equipment. No occupational exposure to blood, body fluids, communicable diseases, or other potentially infectious substances (Category I). Typical office environment. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Disclaimer: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.