Grants Manager

Chicago Urban League


Chicago, IL - Hybrid


Organized in 1916, the Chicago Urban League was one of the first affiliates of the National Urban League. The Urban League movement aimed to address the needs of Black people migrating from the rural South to northern cities in unprecedented numbers at the dawn of the 20th century.

The Chicago Urban League seeks a talented grant writer for the position of Grants Manager to significantly grow the Chicago Urban League’s grants portfolio and revenue. To support the sustainability of the Chicago Urban League’s programs and services, the Grants Manager will oversee and coordinate the research, cultivation, writing, and submission of federal, state, local government, foundation, and corporate grants. This individual will lead all aspects of developing successful grant proposals and contracts, coordinate input across the organization as needed, and ensure that the Chicago Urban League remains in compliance with funder requirements by preparing and submitting reports and other documentation.

Chicago Urban League is an equal opportunity employer.

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To apply

Please submit a resume & cover letter to Kal Marcus, Evolve Giving Group:

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Key Responsibilities

  • Write, prepare, and submit public/governmental grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, and other related correspondence, with a major emphasis on public and private grant submissions
  • Identify and research public/governmental, individual, corporate, foundation, and other funding opportunities
  • Maintain a calendar of applications, reporting, and other key dates to ensure timely completion and submission of applications and reports
  • Update and maintain database containing information on external funders and prospects
  • Expand the pool of public/governmental grant prospects to ensure a continuous revenue stream
  • Attend meetings of project teams, funders/potential funders, and partnering organizations
  • Participate in the development of short-term and long-term fundraising planning
  • Assist in managing and cultivating relationships with external funders; Prepare team members for meetings with funders
  • Secure foundation and corporate support for annual events

Qualifications & Skills

  • 5+ years of grant writing or professional writing experience, preferably in a non-profit environment
  • Passion for the mission of Chicago Urban League
  • Proficiency with MS Office- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge/CRM management, a plus
  • Ability to translate research data into an easy-to-understand format
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to convey seemingly complicated projects in a compelling and persuasive manner
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic community and understanding of current funding trends
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to manage deadline packages from start to finish, coordinating all submission requirements
  • Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to work under pressure and against deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

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