Grants Manager

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Job Title: Grants Manager

Department: Development

Reports to: Director of Development

FLSA Status: Non Exempt, 25-40 hours per week, negotiable



The Grants Manager is responsible for researching grant opportunities that match the goals and objectives of SDRI. The Grants Manager, gathers information from various departments and coordinates/writes grant proposals for government, corporate, and foundation funds. Develops/maintains effective, long-term working relationships with grantors to facilitate approvals of grants. This work is performed under the direction of the Director of Development.


This position will fulfill the following specific functions:

Implement a strategic and highly organized system in applying for local, state, and national grants opportunities, including maintaining a grants calendar that provides the most recent gift, most recent donation, most recent donation amount, date of first donation, and eligibility status.

Work efficiently and provide a highly organized and systematic approach when working with colleagues, including Principal Investigators, Leadership Team Members, and other staff members.

Conduct funding research using a variety of means including Foundation Search.

Contact foundations to introduce SDRI and inquire about grant opportunities.

Write grant proposals in accordance with grantor standards or requirements.

Complete and oversee all reporting once a grant has been awarded.

Use Raiser’s Edge to update communication with foundations and to view past giving information.

Use a calendar for work meetings and prepare in advance for various meetings that take place,
Consistently attend staff meetings.

Other duties as assigned
Hours of Work:

Amount of hours per week is negotiable varying from 25-40 hours per week.

This position may allow for some remote work flexibility. However, incumbent needs to be available for meetings that may take place Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The incumbent will also need to use SDRI’s shared drive. Some weekends and evening work will be required. All over time must be preapproved by the Director of Development.


·         Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred

·         Very strong computer skills and aptitude, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office

·         Excellent communication and organizational skills, both written and verbal

·         Demonstrated attention to detail

·         Strong work ethic, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively

·         Demonstrated success in independently managing projects with conflicting deadlines and               priorities

·         Positive attitude, sense of humor, and ability to work with flexibility

·         Ability to work independently and with careful attention to detail

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s degree preferred. Experience developing, leading and managing projects both as an individual and as a member of a team. At least 3 years’ experience in researching, writing for federal and/or health care grants.


The primary work environment would be generally described as a clinical setting with offices adjacent to the primary work area and laboratory facilities on a different floor. The ability to move within all three of these areas may be required in the execution of the employee’s functional activities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually low and the illumination of the work area is primarily with fluorescent artificial lighting.


The incumbent is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, and climb stairs. The incumbent frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel equipment, paper, or files. The incumbent must be able to operate a computer keyboard as well as see a computer monitor display screen. The incumbent is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

The incumbent must be in sufficient overall health to report for work consistently and reliably and work through a standard day with appropriate breaks.



Total compensation will be based on the candidate’s experience

Benefits include medical, dental, vision, 403B, paid holidays

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