General Description: The Grant Manager provides strong administrative and organizational support for the projects and processes necessary to secure enduring financial support for Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from regional and national foundations and government agencies. The Grant Manager reports to and works closely with the Executive Director of Foundation Relations, as well as the Advancement Operations team to ensure regular and increased support to fulfill university goals and priorities.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Write and create compelling grant proposals and budgets for all renewable scholarship and programmatic grants.
Work with university faculty members, as well as advancement and business office staff, to gather program impact and provide high quality stewardship materials in a timely manner.
Coordinate foundation communications; pull and verify contact information data for all outgoing mailings and email communications.
Utilize and build upon existing grant database to track and manage grants throughout all stages of the grant life cycle – identification, application, funding and required reporting. Create and manage annual grants/reports calendar.
Use industry search tools and public information to identify prospective funders and grant opportunities in alignment with university goals and priorities.
Gather and disseminate information on funding opportunities to Executive Director, deans, and faculty.
Support the Executive Director with the development of forecasts and activity reports in support of team goals and objectives.
Reconcile department budget; track receipts and spending.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Motivation and initiative, persistence, commitment, and follow-through.
Ability to work with a high level of independence on projects that require strong organizational and decision-making skills.
Ability to be a team player with strong writing skills.
Strong computer and database skills including data management and reporting. Highly proficient with Microsoft Access, Word and Excel, as well as the Google suite.
Strong commitment to life-long learning and personal growth.
Four years of relevant work experience in advancement, grant writing, or higher education, with some responsibility for the solicitation of support. Education may substitute for some experience.
High school diploma or GED.
A commitment to PLU’s mission, philosophy and values.
Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background checks.
Successful record of accomplishment in fundraising or grant writing with responsibility for solicitation or stewardship of donors/funders.
Solid skills in budget preparation and database management, including creation of queries and reports.
Knowledge of pre- and post-award grant management best practices.
Experience in InDesign or similar for high quality stewardship pieces and proposals.
Knowledge of Washington foundations and federal funders.
Experience in higher education.
Special Instructions to Applicants: In addition to the online application, please attach a cover letter, resume, list of 3 references, and a writing sample for either a proposal or report for grant funding or a stewardship communication to an individual donor.
Other Information: PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.
Additional Salary Information: DOE + excellent benefits
Pacific Lutheran University is a private university located in Tacoma, Washington. The university is home to approximately 3,200 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through its seven schools: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts& Communication, Business, Education and Kinesiology, and Nursing, Pacific Lutheran offers more classes and more opportunities than most liberal arts colleges. Students have the opportunity to work close-up and hands –on with professors and classmates. Professors at Pacific Lutheran not only serve as mentors who help students discover the professional opportunities in academic fields, but as colleagues who work side- by -side with students on research and creative projects. Pacific Lutheran seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care- for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.