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Grants Manager


Seattle, WA


Senior Level


This job was posted on:

Aug 2, 2019

The Company: FareStart is a James Beard Award-winning nonprofit organization that empowers adults and young people experiencing poverty and homelessness through job training and employment in the foodservice industry. FareStart’s restaurants, cafes, catering and contract meals businesses provide opportunities for students, apprentices and employees to work side-by-side creating great food and better lives.


The Job: The Grants Manager is responsible for raising support from foundations and corporations, requiring proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects.  The Grants Manager conducts the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to corporations and foundations.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Write or collaborate on the writing of proposals, letters of interest/inquiry, requests for qualifications, concept papers, and related materials for application submission. 
  • Compile, write, or supervise writing of budgets, reports, and other ancillary materials.
  • Produce sufficient number and quality of prospects to meet annual grant fundraising goals; target appropriate ask amounts; and prioritize and evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation (private and family) grants.
  • Manage existing grants by: tracking grants; developing internal reporting systems; writing reports; maintaining excellent historical records; working with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations.
  • Research, develop, and write case statements, both new and updated, to be used for a wide range of fundraising activities including government, private and foundation grants, individual major gifts, and organizational messaging.
  • Write and organize programs descriptions, boiler plate responses for grants and collaborate with fellow messaging staff to organize this information across the department for use by all Development Department staff.
  • Correspond with institutional funders, schedule and manage on-site tours for funders.
  • Build personal connections with staff and effectively communicate while obtaining the information necessary for the submission of grants.
  • Build relationships with trustees and funders as needed.
  • Monitor and report corporate and foundation revenue goals and budget to actuals; assist with budget re-forecasting as needed.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions



  • Four plus years of experience in grant seeking and grant writing.
  • Track record of applying for six-figure grants from corporate and foundation sources.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in written form.
  • A collaborative approach, with team player and team leader experience.
  • Skilled in understanding the status of relationships with funders and extracting next steps.
  • Efficient and effective project management skills.Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Commitment to excellence, passion for our mission, and ability to communicate to individuals in all roles throughout organization.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring.
  • Knowledge of local funding landscape, ideally with both corporate and foundation funders; understanding of national funding landscape.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and abide by Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Physical Demands

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 these essential functions.

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear.The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop; kneel, crouch, or crawl.


The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications
  • Paid time-off (3 weeks first year of employment) and paid holidays
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Health, disability, and life insurance
  • Free ORCA pass


The Location: FareStart's administrative office, 700 Virginia St, Seattle.


Why Should You Apply?

  • Great team
  • Great benefits
  • Great organization
  • Rewarding work


FareStart is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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