Grants and Relationships Manager

Full time – 40 Hours per week 

The Philanthropy team serves to advance the mission of the agency using a myriad of strategies and activities. The Grants and Relationships Manager is a critical member of the Philanthropy team, and as such, works closely with the Director of Philanthropy and the Lead Communications Specialist to design and implement a comprehensive fundraising and outreach plan. This position works in collaboration with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, and Director of Finance and Operations to coordinate fundraising efforts and grant submissions.



  • Salary: starting at $50,000
  • ReadyKids pays 100% health, dental, and life insurance premiums for employee only plans
  • Voluntary vision and supplemental insurance
  • Generous paid vacation and sick leave; paid holidays
  • Employer-matched retirement plan

Open until filled. ReadyKids is seeking a diverse pool of applicants; all are encouraged to apply. Email CV/resume to Diana Cole Connolly at  ReadyKids is a drug-free workplace. EOE/ADA/AA.

ReadyKids is committed to a diverse and equitable workplace. We believe diversity of identity, thought, approach, and experience provide the optimal environment for our growth, learning, and success. We aim to create a safe space where everyone belongs and can contribute to the organization in a way that is authentic and genuine to them.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Minimum of two years experience in fundraising/nonprofit sector preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to express and transmit ideas in a clear and organized manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to analyze grant proposal requirements to cull critical components and effectively and comprehensively address those critical components in completing the grant.
  • Possess strong people skills, be able to work independently with minimal supervision, exercise sound judgment in completing tasks of the position and enjoy a varied work schedule and job tasks.
  • Ability to represent the organization in public and individual settings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency in a professional manner.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office and experience with fundraising CRM suites (ex. Keela).



Professional Knowledge and Abilities

  • Keep informed of developments and best practices in the fields of development, communications, and related fields.

Grant Management (~65%)

  • Research, identify, and evaluate potential grant opportunities that align with ReadyKids programs and strategic goals.
  • Write compelling grant proposals, applications, and reports to secure funding from various sources, including government agencies, foundations, and corporate donors.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with key staff and funders.
  • Manage the process of responding to funders’ questions and requests for additional information during the application process.
  • Maintain thorough and accurate records of grants, submissions, and reporting requirements in accordance with internal policies.
  • Manage and update annual grants calendar, and keep relevant staff informed of upcoming deadlines and deliverables.
  • Gather necessary information and data to support grant applications, routinely review and update data as available.

Donor Relationships (~30%)

  • Actively cultivate and engage assigned donors.
  • Grow secondary funding streams including but not limited to Planned Giving, Monthly Giving, etc.
  • Participate in public speaking, fundraising and community outreach events to introduce new donors to ReadyKids and raise awareness of agency programs.
  • Manage the donor database (Keela) including data entry, creation of acknowledgements, file management, creation of reports.
  • Continually review internal processes to increase efficiency; and enhance and personalize the donor experience.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local businesses, community groups and individuals for the processes of organizing in-kind donation drives and soliciting sponsorships for the annual Community Lunch.
  • Plan and implement opportunities for engagement and/or social interaction among smaller groups of key donors, including quarterly Impact Lunches and the biennial Board Member Reunion.
  • Assist the Director of Philanthropy in all areas of fund and friend-raising as needed and requested.


  • Meet regularly with supervisor to coordinate efforts and keep supervisor informed about progress on initiatives to most effectively meet Philanthropy program needs.
  • Be prepared for and provide input at team and other agency meetings.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

  • Actively engage in training and awareness-building activities that expand your working knowledge of equity-related topics.  Take part in agency-sponsored CARE training and activities and join in dialogue about their significance to you and your work.
  • Examine self, program, and agency through an equity lens to identify potential bias and adapt activities to meet the needs of a diverse group of participants, donors, and/or community partners.

Administrative (~5%)

  • Work with the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Director of Philanthropy, and Lead Communications Specialist as appropriate to develop and maintain agency Philanthropy strategy, analyze results, work plan, and calendar, including setting fundraising goals, and provide back-up as needed.



All ReadyKids Employees will…

Put People First

  • Recognize each person’s uniqueness and strengths.
  • Intentionally create spaces that allow each person to be their full, authentic selves.
  • Recognize that one way does not work for everyone and stay adaptable in our approach and thinking.  Maintain flexibility in order to change when things change.
  • Actively monitor your wellness and seek out supports that prevent sustained stress and burn-out.
  • Protect the privacy and confidentiality of participants, colleagues and donors, be respectful in all verbal and written communication, and maintain appropriate professional boundaries.

Support Each Other:

  • Actively nurture relationships with each other (staff, participants, and community partners).
  • Support each other in ways that encourage each person to be their best.
  • Share your thoughts and feelings directly and respectfully, remembering that others have thoughts and feelings, too.
  • Do your part to ensure the health and well-being of the entire organization.
  • Participate in scheduled agency and other team meetings to build connections and share information


  • Stay open and curious and listen with empathy to better understand others’ perspectives and experiences.
  • Create space for all voices, especially those who have been historically marginalized, to be heard and acknowledged.
  • Actively participate in decision-making processes when opportunities are available to inform agency and program decisions.
  • Be proactive; receive input and seek solutions that balance the needs of the individual, program, agency, and community.


  • Engage in professional development and supervision to seek guidance, expand knowledge, develop use of best practices, and grow professionally.
  • Stay open to new ideas and offer suggestions for new ways of doing things. Present solutions along with problems with the goal of getting to yes.
  • Initiate brave conversations to find ways to learn and grow together.
  • Utilize evidence-based and best practice models and strategies to provide the best opportunity for success.
  • Reflect, give, and receive feedback on individual, program and agency results for continuous learning and quality improvement. Seek and utilize all available sources of data to inform decision-making in completion of job duties.

Are Accountable:

  • Fully embrace our mission and vision and actively contribute to their accomplishment.
  • Maintain passion and commitment to the agency’s work and serve as an ambassador to engage the community in our efforts.
  • Treat people in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual, cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Maintain the highest integrity in all aspects of agency and program operations and duties.
  • Set appropriate priorities, make progress toward performance-based goals, and achieve results as an individual, program, and agency.
  • Respect and protect agency-owned property and assets and use agency resources for business-appropriate purposes.




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