Manager of Foundation and Government Grants

Free the Slaves - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)5.0


Job Description

Position Overview

Free the Slaves is seeking a manager of foundation and government grants (MFGG) to join our dedicated, collegial, and talented team. Foundation grants currently account for 26% of organizational revenue, with government grants accounting for another 53%. The strong reputation of Free the Slaves and a track record of accomplishment position the organization for continued growth of foundation and government grants. The MFGG is expected to build on this position history, provide strategic direction and work in close collaboration with the other departments (Programs; Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation; Communications; and, Operations) to advance the organization’s growth goals.


Develop an in-depth understanding of the work of Free the Slaves in order to be an effective representative to foundations, government agencies (USAID, State Department, DFID, etc.), and multilateral agencies.
Review, revise and update the strategy for securing grants and cooperative agreements that support the programmatic goals of Free the Slaves.
Lead organizational efforts to significantly increase and diversify foundation and government grants.
Continually monitor grant income opportunities and take the lead in determining where FTS should pursue those opportunities.
Manage the process of developing grant proposals, coordinating the efforts of the concerned departments and staff members.
Serve as the lead author of proposals when appropriate.
Manage the grant reporting process, ensuring timely reporting to donors.
Ensure the continuous updating of the grants calendar to ensure all deadlines for proposals and reports are met.
Help develop partnerships with other organizations that will increase grant income to Free the Slaves.
Identify and supervise consultants to assist with proposal development as needed.
Coach other staff in grant seeking and proposal development.
Maintain effective, collegial, and transparent relations with colleagues across the organization.

The MFGG may be asked to travel to solicit funds or in support of fundraising efforts.

Key Relationships

The MFGG will:
Report to the Executive Director, serving as the Executive Director’s principal adviser on institutional giving and effectively deploying the ED as a fundraising asset.
Work closely with the Manager of Individual Development to coordinate department activities and donor cultivation.
Provide leadership, management, and mentoring to staff, consultants and interns, as needed.
Serve on the External Relations Team.
Attend quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and serve as a liaison to the board External Relations Committee.
Work closely with Program staff to align programmatic goals and fundraising efforts, as well as to provide training and technical support to country offices fundraising.
Maintain collegial and collaborative relations with the Communications Department to ensure alignment of communications strategies, products, messages, and technologies with fundraising efforts.
Work effectively with the Operations Director to ensure accurate revenue estimates and projections are integrated into the financial status reports.
Communicate regularly with the Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation Director to ensure that appeals to donors reflect up-to-date evidence about the effectiveness of Free the Slaves programs. Qualifications


The ideal candidate for the position will:
Demonstrate breadth and depth of expertise and experience in securing foundation and government grants for international nonprofit organizations.
Be experienced in securing grants for a human rights organization.
Be knowledgeable and experienced in securing government and/or multilateral grants, especially from the State Department, USAID, and/or other government agencies.
Be highly skilled at grant, and grant report, writing.
Possess an understanding of the universe of human rights and anti-trafficking funders.
Exhibit exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to compose and edit new material quickly.
Have a demonstrated, strong commitment to human rights and social justice.
French and/or Spanish language capacity an asset.

Additional Information

Applications should include a tailored cover letter that outlines how your interests, skills and experience meet the qualifications for the position, resume and a list of references. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESUME, COVER LETTER and REFERENCES AS ONE (1) WORD OR PDF DOCUMENT to Please include your last name in the title of the submitted document. Please indicate the annual full-time salary rate required.

Application deadline: 31 August 2018

Free the Slaves offers competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and skills. Free the Slaves is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.