United Way of Central Indiana
  • - Fundraising
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

Grants Senior Manager

Fundraising Team

United Way fights for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of everyone in our community.
We pursue this vision in all we do as we ask our community to give, advocate and volunteer. We believe that vision can only be achieved if pursued with shared values, and therefore place great emphasis on building a team that will pursue this vision together with CARE.

Courage      Accountability      Respect      Excellence

Position Summary

Manage activities primarily, but not exclusively, related to growing the giving and engagement of granting organizations with a focus on securing grants from public sector funders and assist with private and corporate funders. Responsible for renewing and increasing support from existing funders as well as identifying and securing support from new public sector funding sources. Track and ensure grant applications and reports are submitted on time. Coordinate organizational grant seeking and management efforts with Director, Grants and Foundations. Responsible for contract management related to funding agreements for UWCI (incoming and outgoing).

Position Duties & Responsibilities

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

• Fundraising: In conjunction with internal partners, develop and implement strategies to grow the revenue generated from grant-making organizations and foundations with a focus on public sector entities and foundations. Responsible for identification, prospect research, planning cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of current and prospective funders. Serve as the lead coordinator with the Impact team in identifying grant funding needs and developing content for specific Impact strategies. For philanthropic grants, Director, Grants and Foundations will finalize and submit proposals. For government grants, Sr. Manager, Grants will finalize and submit proposals. Work closely with Chief Impact Officer, and Director, Grants and Foundations to ensure coordination of efforts. Involve VP of Government Relations when grant applications directly involve relationships of public officials and advocacy.

• Constituent Relationships: Work with UWCI's Impact team to identify funding needs for organization's mission and priority areas. Regularly communicate funding needs with Chief Impact Officer, and Director, Grants and Foundations. Serve as the point of contact and coordinate program information and outcomes needed for grant applications and reports. Be knowledgeable about UWCI's work in Central Indiana and be an effective and compelling communicator of the same to advance engagement and brand value. Ensure activity is recorded in CRM database in a timely manner.

• Grants: In conjunction with Impact Senior Directors, develop basic narrative templates to be used for grant applications and reports. Develop and implement efficient and effective grant management processes. Assist in the evaluation of grants to determine if grant should continue.

• Relationships: Develop and maintain regular contact with existing and prospective grant-making organizations. Identify and communicate with appropriate UWCI team members regarding opportunities to seek government funds and to facilitate relationships development with potential government funders.

• Annual Goals: Achieve established dollar goals for renewing and increasing awarded grant dollars from existing public sector funders as well as identify and secure grants or contracts from new public sector funders. Work with other members of the UWCI team to ensure goals reflect, align and contribute to the broader goals of the organization. Ensure grants/contracts are applied for and reports are submitted on time.

• Contracts (related to funding agreements): Review incoming contracts for compliance with UWCI policies and procedures, making sure to identify questions, communicate those questions internally as appropriate and then to resolve questions with the contracting source if need be. Once questions are resolved, ensure the appropriate internal signature is obtained, forward the contract back to the source for contract execution, and document contract in CRM database. Work with COO/CFO, and Impact team to manage outgoing contracts, ensuring that appropriate attachments are affixed to contracts, internal and external signatures are obtained, and executed contracts are documented in CRM database.

• Flexibility: As with any successful organization, UWCI is evolving with our changing external environment. Flexibility is a key attribute for this position. A willingness to take on additional duties to ensure the success of the team is essential.

• Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily and be present in the office while performing those functions. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The individual in this role must display the highest level of integrity and confidentiality. United Way also values innovative thinking, and a successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work within the team to achieve goals and objectives. The individual should have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, and flexibility and adaptability. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and reviews literature to understand key issues.

Education and/or Experience


At least 5 years of demonstrated history of persuasive writing e.g., grant proposals, reports, research papers, and/or marketing material is required. Experience in government grants management preferred. Bachelor's degree required. Focus in philanthropic studies, public administration, business, marketing or other related field with at least four years business, social services or nonprofit administrative experience preferred. Knowledge of the central Indiana community and the human service sector is preferred.   


 *Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case by case basis. (this sentence needs included after educational requirements).

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are general representations of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to touch and handle objects. The employee frequently stands or walks.

• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Office setting, with sustained use of a computer.

• The noise level in the work environment is minimal to moderate.

• Maintains personal/professional competency and works to create an environment of courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in all interactions both internal and external to the organization.

Core Competencies

United Way of Central Indiana's team is evaluated on the following core competencies:

• Courage
• Accountability
• Respect
• Excellence
• Thinking Strategically
• Stakeholder Experience
• Effective Communication

Position Leader: Grants and Foundations Director
FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-Time
Salary Range: Low Sixties
Benefits: Complete Benefits Package Available

Equal Opportunity Employer

Please apply at uwci.org/careers

This position description does not constitute a contract of employment or a guarantee of any terms or conditions of employment. UWCI employees are employed on an at-will basis. In addition, nothing in this position description restricts UWCI's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
United Way of Central Indiana


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