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Grants Manager

St. Louis Area Foodbank (SLAFB)


Job Title: Grants Manager

Immediate Supervisor: Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving

General Description/Position Summary

Do you love to write and research grants? Are you passionate about seeking out revenue sources to support a cutting-edge community impact organization? Would you like to work for an organization that creates pathways towards ensuring nutritional security for our community in the bi-state region by nourishing people, empowering communities, and transforming systems? Then this exciting opportunity is for you!

The Grants Manager at the St. Louis Area Foodbank is responsible for advancing the organization's mission through corporate, foundation, and government grants. The Grants Manager is responsible for generating revenue for Foodbank programs and services through the timely creation and submission of well-researched, compelling high-quality fundraising proposals, narratives, applications and supporting documents. Our Grants Manager prepares proposals and follow up reports to grant applications by researching, identifying, developing, and responding to public and private related grant opportunities. This individual must be a highly organized, critical thinker with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes while effectively producing quality work within tight time constraints. This critical role also supports facilitating tours of the Foodbank, working with companies and foundations, and occasional public speaking events. In this role as Grants Manager, you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain comprehensive understanding of St. Louis Area Foodbank programs
    • Effectively communicate with busy professionals across the organization to ensure a thorough understanding of the Foodbank's development needs
    • Secure appropriate program information (including budgets and outcome data) necessary to prepare letter of inquiries (LOIs), proposals, and reports
  • Compile, write, and edit grant applications
    • Exhibit strong expository writing skills and command of sentence structure, grammar, and spelling
    • Ability to convey the vision, mission and energy of the Foodbank creatively and compellingly as a transformational community impact leader in the bi-state region
    • Stay up-to-date with food insecurity research published by Feeding America, universities, and other reputable sources
  • Responsible for full-cycle grant management, from cradle to grave
    • Review grants, compliance requirements, and reporting through each stage in the life cycle of all grants, from proposal to close out
  • Research corporate and foundation grant makers for funding opportunities, including matching gifts
    • Routinely perform web-based searches using various search engines
    • Analyze grant makers to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs
  • Maintain and implement funding calendar activities, including cultivation activities
    • Devise schedule for submitting letters of intent, grant applications and follow-up reports
    • Supply program-appropriate progress reports when required by grant maker as well as prepare final impact of partnership reports and deliverables
  • Other duties as assigned; including, but not limited to:
    • Spearhead efforts to create and maintain stewardship reports and cultivation materials for the Philanthropy department as a whole
    • Provide content for various collateral and social media fundraising articles and content
    • Attend relevant meetings that help strengthen the Foodbank's visibility in the community
    • Assist with corporate cause-related marketing special events


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university with emphasis in communications, business or nonprofit administration, or related field required
  • At least three years of non-profit/community impact grant writing experience with proven results required
  • Minimum of three years of demonstrated management experience with grants
  • Solid understanding of Association of Fundraising Professionals principles and ethics
  • Previous grant budget development and management experience and success
  • Knowledge of grant application processes, scoring criteria, and funding cycles
  • Working knowledge of U.S. governmental and federal funding sources preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Digital competency; proficiency with web-based applications, including the Microsoft Office suite of tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, etc.); experience with Raiser's Edge NXT preferred
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects with attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Exceptionally motivated, organized and detail-oriented; demonstrated ability being a team player with a willingness to help where needed
  • Passion for the Foodbank mission and the ability to embody and demonstrate our core values: Stewardship, Teamwork, Agility, and Respect
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment criminal background check and drug screening

Special events and other projects related to this position may require occasional evening and/or weekend work. Meeting attendance may require overnight travel.

The impact you'll make

Building a stronger bi-state region by nourishing people, empowering communities, and transforming systems.

At the St. Louis Area Foodbank, we are working to create a nutritionally secure Missouri and Illinois. With the dedicated partnership of over 600 hunger-relief programs and local agencies - including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and residential programs - we are responding to hunger in communities across 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois by distributing food to more than 400,000 people every year.

Since opening in 1975, and with the tremendous support and generosity of this community, the St. Louis Area Foodbank has grown to become our region's largest food distribution charity dedicated to feeding those in need. Together, we are feeding people and working to address the root causes of hunger for lasting impact every day.

What we can offer you...

Beyond a great mission, dedicated team members and an incredible opportunity to truly make a difference in our community, you will be generously rewarded for your contributions including:

  • Competitive pay commensurate with experience
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) plan
  • 403b plan with amazing company match
  • Comprehensive benefits (medical, dental, vision, and more!)

We work hard, play hard and change lives - so apply to join our Foodbank Family!

This job description does not list all the duties of the job. Performance of other duties may be requested. Evaluations will be in part based upon performance of the tasks listed in this job description. St. Louis Area Foodbank has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.

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