Job Posting – 02/23/2022

Job Title
Grants Manager
Organization Name
North Cascades Institute
Organization Website
Organization Type
Environmental Education
How to Apply? Website or Email
Date Posted
Closing Date

Job Description

The Grants Manager increases the capacity of North Cascades Institute by managing foundation, corporate and government grants. The successful candidate will ensure that the Institute’s grants program aligns with our mission, vision and strategic plan, and supports our operational goals and annual budget. 

The Grants Manager is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the entire grant application and management process including: reporting to funders, collaborating with program managers to develop budgets and reports, ensuring grant compliance, identification of potential funding sources, development of funding resources for existing and proposed programs, and writing grants. This position is part of the Development Team and contributes to selected major gift requests, special events, sponsorships and other community engagement events.

Job Duties

Foundation Grant Management (70%)

  • Manage the entire grants program from start to finish including prospect research, scheduling, writing proposals, tracking grant progress and budgets, writing reports, ensuring grant compliance, and stewarding relationships.
  • Collaborate with program managers in gathering data and details about current and future programming.
  • Assume lead role in writing, editing, and submitting reports and proposals.
  • Build and maintain relationships with funders, including in-person meetings and facilitation of site visits.
  • Assist program managers with participant surveys and data collection/analysis to create program reports.
  • Collaborate with the development and leadership teams and to develop a strategic, productive approach to grant seeking.
  • Work with the communications team to publicly acknowledge grants.

Corporate Relations (10%)

  • Coordinate the corporate relations program including; establishing and maintaining relationships with corporate funders, researching and developing sponsorship proposals, solicitations, reports, acknowledgement plans, and grow corporate revenue and in-kind contributions.
  • Collaborate with the communications team to implement sponsorship benefits as appropriate.
  • Work with program managers to maintain an inventory of programmatic supply and equipment needs.

Government Grant Management (10%)

  • Research, apply for, and maintain federal, state, tribal, and local government grants and support all of the grant management activities related to those grants.
  • Work with North Cascades National Park Service Complex, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, local tribes, and other Institute partners for pass-through and collaborative grant opportunities.
  • Assist Program Managers and the Finance Director in grant tracking, compliance, and invoicing.

Contribute to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives (10%)

  • Support the Director of Inclusion and Community Partnerships, and the Institute’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives, via funding or other means.
  • Actively foster a community that is welcoming and accessible to everyone.
  • Develop personal EDI related goal(s) and track progress with your supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Two to five years of grant management experience
  • Demonstrated track record of winning grants of various sizes and complexities
  • Strong project management skills and accountability in meeting deadlines and juggling multiple projects
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate it in a compelling and succinct form
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to keep accurate records
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Enjoys collaborating and communicating with program managers, colleagues, board members, and external partners
  • Available for occasional weekend or evening work and travel within Washington State
  • Passion for the Institute’s mission to connect people, nature, and community
  • Commitment to contributing to a welcoming and inclusive work environment
  • Final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that may include employment history, national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search, and a driving history check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Pacific Northwest foundations and grant agencies
  • Two years of other fundraising, marketing or writing experience
  • Familiarity with government agencies and government grants
  • Professional experience in the environmental or education fields
  • Use of Salesforce database and/or general database software knowledge/experience
  • Experience using research tools (such as GuideStar and Foundation Directory Online) to source and track prospect information
  • Exhibits keen cultural awareness and humility
  • Experience working with diverse constituents
  • Seeks and offers direct feedback with a growth mindset

Salary Range


This is a regular, full-time position primarily located at the Institute’s Sedro-Woolley office (with work-from-home options). We offer a competitive compensation package including paid time-off, medical/dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, tax-defined annuity and contribution retirement plan, and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs.

To Apply

Please apply online at our website at Must upload a resume and cover letter outlining your interest, as well as a writing sample (past grant or report preferred).

Contact Jodi Broughton at (360) 854-2596 with any questions.

Start Date

April 15, 2022 or sooner

Equal Opportunity Employer

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at North Cascades Institute. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies or programs.

About North Cascades Institute

North Cascades Institute requires all employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot and to provide proof of inoculation unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. All new hires are expected to comply with these requirements upon employment.

North Cascades Institute’s mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. Since 1986, we have helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history. Our goal is to help people of all ages and backgrounds experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest – so all will care for and protect this special place.

North Cascades Institute is a respected leader among U.S. environmental education organizations. We believe that sustainable communities are built on healthy environments, vibrant economies and social equity. The Institute is in sound financial health with a $4 million budget and strong reserves, and 15 four-star ratings with Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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