Job Posting – 04/19/2022

Job Title
Grants Manager
Organization Name
Sustainable Connections
Organization Website
Organization Type
mix between social justice and social service
How to Apply? Website or Email
Date Posted
Closing Date
until filled

Job Description

Join Sustainable Connections, an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that works with dozens of partner organizations and over 2000 local businesses a year to create thriving communities.

This position works to identify, write, and report on grants and contracts for Sustainable Connections’ program areas such as Food & Farming, Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Energy & Green Building, Housing & Smart Growth, Think Local First, and Toward Zero Waste. The Grants Manager is responsible for identifying and submitting 20-30 grant applications annually and assisting in the management of 10-15 grants and contracts that have been secured. The Grants Manager is extremely organized and detail oriented, works well with others as well as independently, represents the organization in a compelling way, and excels at relationship building. Routine work includes the use of technology and programs such as Quickbooks, Salesforce, Excel, and various grant research tools.

Job Duties

Primary Responsibilities:

Foundation/Government Funder Engagement
• Collaborate with the Executive Director and Development Director, program managers and directors to understand program growth opportunities
• Prospect for foundation, government, and corporate grant/contracting opportunities • Foster strong relationships with foundations, grant and contract administrators, and key stakeholders
• Work with the communications team to publicly acknowledge grants and gifts

Grant Applications
• Develop funding resources for existing and proposed programs
• Assume the lead role in writing, editing, and submission of proposals & grant applications • Develop grant/contract budgets through collaboration with program managers and directors

Grant/Contract Management
• Track grant progress through collaboration with program managers and directors
• Ensure compliance with grant/contract reporting requirements
• Create and submit invoices as required


Required skills & qualifications:
• 2-3 years of grant writing and grant management experience
• Strong grant writing skills
• Passion for the mission and vision of the organization and excitement to support our programs

Desired experience & qualifications:
• Outstanding written & verbal communication skills
• Strong administrative and organizational skills
• Proven competence in assessing priorities, managing a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment, and meeting deadlines with attention to detail and quality
• Initiative and demonstrated ability to work proactively and independently – self learner
• Ability to work well in teams
• Experience with programs such as:

o Foundation Directory Online, Grantscape, GrantStation,, and similar

o Microsoft Office Suite

o Zoom or similar video conferencing program

• Commitment to furthering equity, diversity, and inclusion 

Bonus points given for experience with:
• Sustainable business practices such as zero waste, energy conservation, and sourcing local
• Familiarity with businesses in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and/or Island Counties
• Salesforce or similar CRM platform
• Quickbooks

Salary Range
$48,000 – $53,000

Supplemental Information

After first review, this position is still open! We strongly encourage anyone who is interested to apply or inquire about the position.

This could be a remote position with occasional visits to beautiful Bellingham, WA and surrounding communities.
For complete details, benefits, statement of commitment to equity, diversity & inclusion, visit

To Apply

Employment | Sustainable Connections

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