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GRANTS MANAGER: Go With The Flow, But Also Have An Intention And Vision

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Fatma, a grants manager, spends her typical day managing grant making for six private family foundations. Her work resides more on the administrative side of grant making and entails getting funds to various nonprofit organizations from her clients' foundations.

Degree: Economics - History
Job Title: Grants Manager
Employer: Pacific Foundation Services

Job Summary: Grants Manager

Job Description

Grants management is a job function within a grantmaking organization that focuses on the operations side of grantmaking, including grantmaking policies, procedures, compliance, and data and records management.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Within grant management are the following roles and responsibilities.:

-Senior managers (officers and the board) are the experts in what the organization funds, deciding the organization’s strategic focus and funding priorities.
-Program staff are the experts in who the organization funds, building relationships with grantees and potential grantees, keeping abreast of developments in the field and making the tough decisions among competing proposals.
-Grants managers are the experts on how grants are made, dealing with the policies, procedures and operations behind receiving, awarding, and monitoring grants.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$40,000 - $80,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Organizational skills, Written communication skills, Mathematical skills, Teamwork

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m='47240'>work.</span> <span m='47740'>And</span> <span m='48850'>while</span> <span m='49380'>our</span> <span m='49540'>company</span> <span m='50080'>is</span> <span m='50480'>a</span> <span m='50620'>for</span> <span m='50890'>profit,</span> <span m='52830'>we</span> <span m='53520'>do</span> <span m='53790'>work</span> <span m='54100'>very</span> <span m='54630'>actively</span> <span m='55060'>in</span> <span m='55150'>the</span> <span m='55250'>community</span> <span m='56120'>by</span> <span m='56260'>supporting</span> <span m='57210'>and</span> <span m='57350'>funding</span> <span m='58790'>and</span> <span m='58940'>channeling</span> <span m='59560'>funds</span> <span m='59990'>to</span> <span m='60100'>these</span> <span m='60270'>organizations.</span> </p><p><span m='62730'>I</span> <span m='62810'>studied</span> <span m='63210'>history</span> <span m='63930'>and</span> <span m='64090'>economics</span> <span m='65980'>at</span> <span m='66310'>New</span> <span 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m='157010'>answers</span> <span m='157600'>and</span> <span m='157640'>we</span> <span m='157730'>just</span> <span m='158850'>seize</span> <span m='159250'>opportunities</span> <span m='159860'>as</span> <span m='160030'>they</span> <span m='160160'>come.</span> <span m='160990'>And</span> <span m='163800'>you</span> <span m='164880'>plan</span> <span m='165390'>and</span> <span m='165530'>you</span> <span m='165650'>make</span> <span m='165870'>your</span> <span m='165970'>vision,</span> <span m='166500'>but</span> <span m='166700'>also</span> <span m='167020'>you</span> <span m='167720'>have</span> <span m='167870'>to</span> <span m='167960'>be</span> <span m='168080'>prepared</span> <span m='169010'>to</span> <span m='169140'>move</span> <span m='169430'>where</span> <span m='169660'>life</span> <span m='170570'>moves</span> <span m='171040'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='171460'>And</span> <span m='171600'>so</span> <span m='171730'>I</span> <span m='172620'>started</span> <span m='173280'>out</span> <span m='173550'>in</span> <span m='173670'>Nairobi,</span> <span m='174160'>Kenya</span> <span m='175360'>and</span> <span m='175750'>I</span> <span m='175810'>came</span> <span m='176110'>to</span> <span m='176210'>school</span> <span m='176650'>in</span> <span m='176750'>2004</span> <span m='177870'>to</span> <span m='178030'>New</span> <span m='178180'>York.</span> <span m='179120'>And</span> <span m='179260'>now</span> <span m='179420'>here</span> <span m='179710'>I</span> <span m='179770'>am</span> <span m='180000'>in</span> <span m='180080'>the</span> <span m='180160'>Bay</span> <span m='180360'>Area,</span> <span m='181160'>a mom</span> <span m='181320'>of</span> <span m='181610'>two,</span> <span m='182340'>working</span> <span m='183130'>as</span> <span m='183330'>a</span> <span m='183430'>grants</span> <span m='183750'>manager</span> <span m='184160'>at</span> <span m='184550'>this</span> <span m='184760'>company.</span> <span m='185170'>So</span> <span m='186190'>don't</span> <span m='186710'>ever</span> <span m='187660'>feel</span> <span m='187910'>like</span> <span m='188090'>you</span> <span m='188320'>should</span> <span m='188530'>have</span> <span m='188710'>it</span> <span m='188780'>all</span> <span m='188910'>figured</span> <span m='189190'>it</span> <span m='189260'>out.</span> <span m='189620'>Just</span> <span m='189810'>go</span> <span m='189970'>with</span> <span m='190090'>the</span> <span m='190190'>flow.</span> <span m='190500'>But</span> <span m='190690'>also</span> <span m='191060'>have</span> <span m='191750'>an</span> <span m='191880'>intention</span> <span m='192155'>and a</span> <span m='192430'>vision.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255684,"video_id":"2708032670001","name":"68111813","duration":193472,"thumbnail_url":null}});