Senior Grant Manager

College Forward seeks a proven leader with exceptional communication and writing skills to manage strategic relationships and grants to accelerate our organizational mission and vision. The Senior Grant Manager must have familiarity with a variety of funder types to include private/public foundations, individual donors, corporate partnerships, and other leading edge nonprofit financing options (e.g. PRIs, MRIs, etc.).  Successful candidates will exhibit strengths in relationship management, research, strategy, proposal development, time management, attention to detail, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Candidates must demonstrate a high level of professionalism, a record of developing winning proposals, and significant previous experience with managing complex grant requirements; previous AmeriCorps experience is a plus.

This position requires a proven ability to plan individual work goals in order to meet organizational objectives in a timely manner, the ability to closely monitor progress towards these goals, and the ability to take appropriate remedial action when necessary. Above all else, applicants should possess a sincere interest in empowering youth and a passion for solving inequities in higher education.    


  • In collaboration with CEO, develop and execute annual fundraising strategy for philanthropic giving.
  • Lead grant writing team in defining and describing new projects, strategies, and organizational vision to external stakeholders.
  • Independently and in collaboration with CEO and BoD steward relationships with philanthropic partners and cultivate relationships with new prospective funders.
  • In collaboration with the Leadership Team, develop creative strategies regarding emerging business and fundraising opportunities and advise the CEO on trends in higher education, the social sector, and alternative finance opportunities (e.g. PRIs, MRIs, Impact Bonds, and other emerging models).
  • Supervise direct reports including the Grant Writer by setting clear expectations and establishing goals, monitoring to ensure accountability, coaching, editing, connecting to community resources, and professional development opportunities.
  • Act as lead on all internal and external communication related to funded projects, initiatives, and strategies; Perform key stakeholder interviews at the exploration, execution, and closeout phases of funded projects.
  • Maintain a database of current, compelling, and relevant data, statistics, and research.
  • Manage the grant lifecycle using Salesforce and internal documentation management systems including prospecting, deadline management, and relationship management.
  • Ensure grant compliance and proactive communication of progress and updates to relevant funders.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive understanding of College Forward business assets and strategy and an understanding of the higher education and philanthropic sectors, including history, thought leaders, and trends.
  • Formalize strategy into concrete and coherent plans via written proposals, logic models, Theory of Change documents, and analyze these emerging strategies for alignment with overall strategic goals, impact, sustainability, and feasibility.
  • Calculate funding opportunity probability and develop revenue projections; identify funding sources to align with College Forward strategy and fiscal budget.


  • Participate in organizational events throughout the year, including strategic planning sessions, off-site Board retreats, student programming, and episodic funder events.
  • Maintain tight budgetary controls, ensuring that departmental and organizational expenditures do not exceed budgeted levels.
  • Serve as a staff lead on all AmeriCorps*State audits.
  • In collaboration with CEO, lead Board of Directors revenue committee by exploring, vetting, and advising decisions regarding opportunities to pursue
  • Source, interview, and hire best-fit applicants for the Development team as applicable
  • Assist with special projects as needed, including fundraising events and marketing initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


The Senior Grant Manager may supervise a combination of full-time staff, volunteers, interns, and/or AmeriCorps members on specific projects, as necessary. All College Forward managers are expected to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, AmeriCorps policies, university policies, and all applicable laws. Responsibilities include recruitment, training, planning, assigning, directing, and monitoring work to ensure that the organization's goals are met; evaluating performance; providing guidance; rewarding and disciplining supervisees; addressing complaints and resolving problems; coordinating resources and supplies; maintaining databases and files in order to produce frequent reports.



College Forward is a dynamic, progressive and youth-focused working environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Responsibilities may occasionally require an adjusted work schedule and/or evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines or satisfy program requirements.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The Senior Grant Manager must also submit to and pass a comprehensive criminal background check before a final offer of employment can be made, and annually thereafter.

  • EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: This position requires at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, academically-recognized four-year college or university; three years’ successful proposal writing experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with and present information to others and access information using a computer for several hours at a time. Employees must have mobility throughout the office and may occasionally be required to drive or ride distances of up to 250 miles, with occasional air travel necessary.  


  • EMOTIONAL DEMANDS: The employee must be emotionally mature and be able to handle difficult and complex situations. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to solve practical problems and deal with frequently changing variables. The employee must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.


  • INTELLECTUAL DEMANDS: Excellent writing and communication skills are essential; English/Spanish bilingualism is a plus. Candidates must be able to read, analyze, and interpret general educational and business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations. They must exhibit an ability to professionally write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. They must be able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. They must be able to effectively present information and respond to questions from the general public, clients, students, partners, and managers. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to understand and apply standard, high school-level mathematical concepts for the purposes of measuring program statistics.


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing samples to: Applications will not be accepted by post, fax, or delivery. In your cover letter, please address these points:

1)    What is your interest in equal access to education?

2)    Why do you want to work with College Forward?

3)    What is your previous experience with grant writing, grant management, fundraising, and marketing?

4)    What are your salary requirements? (Applications without salary requirements will not be considered.)

Additionally, please attach at least two professional writing samples.

College Forward provides equal employment opportunities to all team members and/or applicants for employment or service, without regard to race, color, class, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, weight, height, disability, political affiliation, marital or familial status, partnership status, citizenship status (except as required by law), veteran status, or status in any group protected by federal law, state law, or local ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations upon request in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. We encourage and support diversity and tolerance in our workplace. This position is dependent upon funding.