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Grant Manager

Vice President,
Community Impact



Community Impact


Regular — Full Time — Exempt

About United Way of the Bluegrass

United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) works to create the opportunity for all community members to have a better life. We focus on the building blocks of a good life — a quality education, financial stability for individuals and families, and good health. The work of UWBG focuses on strategic initiatives, public education, advocacy, outcomes and evaluation, development and strengthening of partnerships/collaborations, convening resource mobilization and investment, and backbone and engagement strategies and activities. We bring together the voices, the expertise, and the resources to define, articulate and implement a common agenda for change for our region. That is what it means to "Live United" in Central Kentucky.


This position raises at least $250,000 annually in new unrestricted funds from foundations and other agencies. The role of the Grant Manager (Manager) is to research and identify new funding opportunities for grant funding, prepare proposals, and coordinate internal resources in preparation for proposal submission. The Manager will be well-versed in UWBG’s current program portfolio and the organization’s future programmatic aspirations.


Grant Prospecting and Writing

  • Maintain prospecting priorities aligned with United Way’s strategic framework and business plan and regularly research potential federal, state, and private foundation grant opportunities.

  • Identifies grant opportunities appropriate to UWBG’s unique capabilities and mission in coordination with the organization’s leadership.

  • Prepares proposals by collaborating with other team members to: determine concepts and content, gather and format information, write drafts and obtain approval before submission.

  • Submit grant requests through the platforms or processes each grantor requires.

  • Coordinates and follows up on the progress of submitted proposals.

  • Provide oversight to the grants administration function, suggest improvements, and enhance the experience for all team members.

  • Meets with stakeholders regularly to coordinate information gathering and disseminate proposal-related information as necessary.

Project Management & Grant Compliance

  • Maintains primary responsibility for grant schedules and tracking grants. Develops and maintains a master file on pending grants and contracts.

  • Prove project management to track all critical deadlines and tasks for each grant, assigning specific tasks to other team members as needed.

  • Understand and communicate all requirements/ restrictions or compliance considerations for the grant.

  • Generates new programming concepts as appropriate and/or theorizes expansion of existing programming in a way that speaks to each opportunity.

  • Meets internal and external deadlines associated with each individual proposal.

Grant Reporting and Outcome Management

  • Lead reporting process for all foundation, corporate and federal grants in close partnership with Impact project leads.

  • Regularly compile and maintain outcome data on all impact efforts, grant projects, and community indicators in partnership with the Knowledge Center.

  • Develops a measurement framework for all applicable proposals and programs.

  • Support internal processes to ensure impact data is accurate, consistent and timely.

  • Collaborate with Analytics and IT as needed to request complex analysis and improve data collection systems.

  • Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.



❖LEADERSHIP – Visionary leader who can develop goals and strategies and productively leverage partnerships for community engagement and contributions. Entrepreneurship: A creative, critical thinker, self-motivated. Enthusiasm: High energy individual with an infectious ‘can-do’ attitude and an obvious sense of urgency; passionate about citizen mobilization and community change.

❖ MISSION-FOCUSED – A top priority is to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This competency drives performance and professional motivations.


❖ RELATIONSHIP ORIENTED – Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.


❖ COLLABORATOR – Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.


❖ RESULTS-DRIVEN – Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good, creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact. 


❖ BRAND STEWARD – A steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.




❖STRATEGIC COMMUNITY COLLABORATION - The Grant Manager engages diverse stakeholders to accurately and effectively assess community needs and, with credibility, authenticity, and humility, strategically guides United Way to contribute to the community’s priorities. Influences and inspires community leaders (e.g., individuals, corporate, government, etc.) to partner with UWBG.


❖DEEP COMMUNITY EXPERTISE - The Grant Manager is an expert on community issues and challenges who has thorough knowledge of the data trends, research, and environment and community stakeholders. Proactively works to identify and address complex issues by providing leadership around gathering, interpreting, and using relevant data to inform and drive strategy development.


❖PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION - The Grant Manager understands the community and the philanthropic interests of donors and investors. Identifies community strategies to connect with the interests of various investors and develops solutions and products as investment opportunities to connect donor aspirations with community needs.


❖ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY - The Grant Manager works with community leaders and elected officials to build on the United Way mission and advocates on education, impact and health issues. Encourages partner organizations to engage in advocacy and to support issues important for the community.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, organizational management, related field required, or equivalent experience.

  • 2-3 years of grant writing, technical writing, or proposal writing experience.

  • 2-3 years of experience in a nonprofit or human services environment required.

  • Reliable transportation is necessary.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • A high level of proficiency with English grammar and punctuation - please note that a writing sample will be required during the interview process.

  • Ability to compile content, write new content, and proofread and edit documents with strong attention to detail.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents, such as professional reports, publications, and grant guidelines.

  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines.

  • Effective problem solver and decision maker.

  • Computer literate: MS Office Suite; database knowledge a plus.


The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly, in oral and written formats, with others in person, over the phone, and via other devices. The employee must be able to transcribe, read extensively, prepare, and analyze data and figures, and operate a computer and other standard office machinery. The employee must have the ability to lift, carry, push, and/or pull objects weighing up to 25lbs.

A valid Kentucky driver’s license is required as well as access to a reliable insured automobile to be used for work-related travel in the Central Kentucky area. Must be willing to occasionally work a non-standard work schedule including nights, weekends, and other unusual hours.


Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by UWBG. These screenings may include a national background check, language testing, and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) review.


Our robust benefits package includes 100% employer-paid premiums on employee-only health, dental, and vision plans; 3%-6% employer contributions to 401(k), employer-paid life/STD&LTD insurance; generous parental leave policy, PTO, and more. Salary range of $42,000-$50,000/annually.


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