Grants Manager – Washtenaw Community College

Grants Manager – Washtenaw Community College

The Grants Manager will oversee all aspects of the grants process and activities for the Washtenaw Community College Foundation and Washtenaw Community College including private foundations, government and public funding sources, and corporations or corporate foundations.

The primary responsibilities of Grants Manager will be defining and refining the grants process, strengthening WCC’s capabilities in grants management, and building capacity and capabilities in the public and private grants arenas. The position will oversee the planning, vetting, writing, budgeting, approval, submitting, and tracking all grants submitted by the WCC Foundation and the College. The Manager will work cooperatively with College and Foundation leadership, Foundation Board Members, faculty, fundraising volunteers, and others to plan all grants related activities.Salary range: $53,034 – $58,337

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build partnerships with officers from private foundations, corporations and corporate foundations, and identified contacts for government sources
  • Identify funding opportunities based on
    • Established partnerships
    • Review of information from on-line funding source announcements
    • Notices from government sources
    • Inquiries with companies and foundations
    • Referrals from board, staff, faculty, others
  • Manage a list of identified strategic funding priorities that are based on the strategic plan, annual goals, and budget process
  • Match funding opportunities with strategic priorities
  • Grant writing and editing proposals to prepare them for submission
  • Compliance management and assigning compliance duties
  • Manage contracted grant writers to ensure all approved proposals are submitted to:
    • Government and Public Entities
    • Private Foundations
    • Corporations and Corporate Foundations
  • Ensure that the President, via the AVP or Chief of Staff, is informed about all grant activities on a continuing basis
  • Develop a Grants Database that
    • Contains list of approved strategic priorities by year, cycle, or campaign
    • Contains list of identified funding sources
  • This position requires a high level of commitment and enthusiasm
  • Evening meetings and attending special events may lead to extended hours as needed
    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in development and grant writing, preferably with 1-3 years of experience in a community college or university
  • Demonstrated success in writing and submitting grant proposals
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and analytical skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with foundation and corporate giving officers
  • Demonstrated understanding of the grants management process
  • Knowledge of the computer and databases and their application activities

TO APPLY Complete an online application, located here, by May 5, 2017


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