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Grants and Development Manager

Illinois Action for Children
Job Title: Grants and Development Manager
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August 15th, 2020
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Illinois Action for Children, a local, state and national leader in the early care and education sector for 51 years, is seeking a seasoned philanthropic and government grant writer and project manager with experience in individual giving to join its Development team. The ideal candidate will have the experience and initiative to play an instrumental role in helping to continue growing and diversifying the organization's funding portfolio.

Under the direction of the Director of Philanthropy, the Grants and Development Manager is responsible for writing and submitting multidisciplinary, and multi-collaborative grant proposals, ranging in size, scope and complexity, to a wide range of public and private external funding agencies and organizations, such as foundations, corporations, government, and other institutions. The Grants and Development Manager will support budget development, prepare grant and stewardship reports to corporate and foundation donors and manage the grants tracking process. This position will also engage in other development writing projects related to strengthening IAFCs fundraising capacity.

This position will have goals to produce a specific number of quality proposals in alignment with the organization's annual development plan. The Grants and Development Manager will collaborate with the Development team and will work closely with agency leadership and program directors to develop strongly positioned proposals for varied programs and projects that can be marketed effectively to corporations and foundations. All work is to be completed with standard supervision, confidentiality, integrity, and good judgment in accordance with organization standards.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this position will work remotely. Therefore, the candidate should be comfortable working independently and internally motivated to meet critical deadlines in this virtual environment.


Write high-quality, well-positioned funding proposals and project manage all aspects of the pre- and post-award proposal and report writing process (Letters of Inquiry, abstracts, concept papers, and acknowledgement letters and other funder required documents) including:

a. Prioritizing grant applications and collaborating with program leadership, staff and other subject matter experts to ensure alignment of funding opportunities with strategic priorities

b. Confirming program and staff capacity to meet funding criteria and deadlines

c. Supporting the development of project budgets and logic models

d. Supporting the writing and submission of state and federal grant proposals

e. Monitoring changes to grant submission portals and procedures and ensure ongoing compliance with supporter requirements.

2. Actively engage in ongoing prospect research that identifies funding opportunities that offer a favorable return on investment and advance strategic priorities

3. Provide effective coordination of activities for prospective and current funding organizations, including site visits and prospect/cultivation/stewardship meetings

4. Within initial 6 months, develop a strong knowledge and understanding of key staff and program and policy areas, and the protocols for effective communications and interactions within the organization

5. Partner with the Development team to develop multi-channel written content for Development campaigns and events to increase individual giving

6. Support the Development team in the execution of other fundraising related activities as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree required with at least 3 years of successful grant writing experience and proven ability to secure government and private funding
  • Demonstrated experience in writing persuasive, clear, concise, and visually attractive proposals/reports preferably in a nonprofit or educational setting, such as appeal writing, grant writing, technical writing, proofreading, editing, copywriting, or other equivalent written communication format
  • Experience successfully soliciting local, regional, and national foundations and a proven track record of securing new foundation grants
  • Able to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines and funding goals, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities while maintaining a calm, professional work style
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills, team oriented, and able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives
  • Superior project management skills including the ability to coordinate overlapping projects and deadlines, and an excellent attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision


  • Passion for Illinois Action for Children's mission and vision
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate a diverse, multi-functional organization
  • Experience managing a growing schedule of proposal writing and submissions
  • Thinks and visions innovatively about potential funding opportunities outside of traditional partnerships
  • Experience fostering an organization-wide culture of philanthropy
  1. Finalists for this position will be required to provide a portfolio of written work and complete a brief writing assignment at the time of the interview

The position will be on a contract basis with the opportunity to become full time permanent after the first six months.

Salary: $53,900 Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL

IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.



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