Grant Manager

SOS Children's Villages
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 23

Position description

SOS Children's Villages, one of the world's largest organizations dedicated to the care of orphaned and vulnerable children, operates in 135 countries, including the United States. Our comprehensive approach strengthening families and communities, providing long-term care for children, educating and empowering youth, and advocating for children's rights transforms the lives of millions of children and families each year. And when humanitarian crises strike, we provide affected children and families with the supplies and support they need.

Strategic Context:

SOS Children's Villages USA is a member organization to SOS Children's Villages International federation (SOS CVI), headquartered in Austria. As part of the SOS CVI network, there are tools, stories, narratives, evaluation data and collateral that exist which are strategic assets for SOS USA.

SOS USA primarily secures funding for international programs, although SOS does have two independent locations in the US (Chicago and Florida).

SOS Children's Villages USA is at a critical juncture in defining its future successes. SOS USA has undertaken an aggressive and integrated fundraising and marketing strategy to diversify the revenue portfolio of the organization. This growth of both strategic investments and unrestricted revenues will increase the funds raised in the USA that is channeled to support SOS programs in the US and worldwide.

The Opportunity

SOS USA is seeking a Grant Manager to support and execute on the institutional development goals of SOS USA. As the sole grant manager, you are critical to the work of our Corporate and Foundation Relations team. Your work supports the 2021 institutional revenue goals of $5M. Your goal is to provide remote support to country offices to ensure the successful design, proposal submission, and implementation of projects funded by institutional US donors. You will be the voice of SOS USA's institutional donors and ensure that their funds for SOS programs are being monitored, evaluated and executed per scope and investment. You will help the institutional investors of SOS USA see the value of their investments and ensure that the impacts of their donations are documented and shared.

You will have an opportunity to see the impacts of our work directly remotely and in the field (when travel restrictions are lifted) and communicate the vital role our institutional donors play. You will create content to demonstrate the impacts of our work and connect those impacts to current and prospective institutional funders. You will grow a pipeline of those institutional funders and cultivate them to become investment partners with SOS USA. You will also create collateral, reports and support the creation of presentations and thought pieces that come from the results of SOS USA's programmatic investments.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a high-energy, hands-on, fast-paced and entrepreneurial organization as part of a collaborative and cross-matrixed team. S/he is adaptable, intuitive and can understand the complexities of implementing a long-distance program. S/he loves finding win-win situations and likes to problem solve to ensure that SOS programs thrive while institutional investors are confident in their investment. The ideal candidate will also possess a high degree of initiative and creativity, and is diplomatic and grounded in the mission and values of SOS USA.

The position is based in Washington, DC, but remote candidates will be considered. The Grant Manager will report to the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality programs by supporting the development and execution of proposals and project plans, monitoring progress, and conducting detailed review of implementation and spending.
  • Remotely build effective peer working relationships with country teams.
  • Identify and coordinate technical assistance for program design, work plan development, reporting, M&E, and operations.
  • Conduct monitoring field visits as directed by donor-funded programs.
  • Develop and maintain an evaluation method to assess program strengths and identify areas for improvement.
  • Write concept notes, proposals and donor reports in support of the Corporate and Foundation program, coordinating inputs from multiple sources, and facilitating the internal review process to ensure timely submission.
  • Create compelling statistics, stories, and data visualizations to convey program impact.
  • Create deliverables decks, one-pagers, case studies, white papers to showcase programs.
  • Develop and deliver donor stewardship touchpoints, including quarterly and annual updates to partners, in writing, by phone, or in-person.
  • Support new business development initiatives through identification of potential funding sources aligned with program objectives and content creation, including building robust narratives and other donor facing materials.


  • Bachelors' degree.
  • Minimum 5 years' fundraising and grant management experience, preferably at an international development non-profit.
  • First-rate writing, communication, budgeting and data analysis skills for expert reporting.
  • Success resolving implementation challenges and spearheading capacity building.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices/hours to accommodate coordination with country teams and deliver against tight or unanticipated deadlines.
  • Ability to travel as needed in support of program and organizational needs (up to 20 percent), often to remote locations within developing countries (once COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted).
  • Self-motivated and detail oriented with strong work ethic and a collaborative, professional team spirit.
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel, and CRM software such as Salesforce (or equivalent).
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including strong written and oral communication and the ability to positively engage with individuals from a range of backgrounds.
  • Passionate for the work of SOS Children's Villages and the vital role we play in empowering children, youth, families and communities.

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