Title: Senior Grants Officer

Reports to: Director of Research & Strategy

Location: Children’s Institute, downtown Portland

Salary: $65,000 annually

Type: Full-time/exempt

Closing: Applications must be received by the end of the day on Sunday, July 14, 2019

Email résumé and cover letter to jobs@childinst.org with the subject line: Senior Grants Officer

Children’s Institute (CI) envisions an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and life. To meet this goal, we advocate for strategic investments in high-quality early childhood education and healthy development, the most effective strategies to improve long-term outcomes for children. We focus our work on the needs of children from low-income families, dual language learners, and children who experience barriers to opportunity due to race, disability, and geographic location. 

Children’s Institute prioritizes an integrated, team-based work approach and a flexible, collegial work environment while also embracing a sense of urgency in moving our mission forward.


Children’s Institute seeks an experienced Senior Grants Officer with a passion for closing the educational opportunity gap, particularly in a child’s earliest years. This position will oversee grant development and strategy for this statewide advocacy and systems change organization. CI currently has a 21-person team with a budget of $4.1 million. The organization is more than 90 percent grant funded by Oregon and national foundations with the remaining revenue coming from individuals and corporate sponsorships. The position requires strong writing and project management skills with an understanding of the work of a policy and advocacy organization. The candidate also must have strong interpersonal skills to collaborate closely with staff, leadership, and board members to craft grant proposals aligned with the strategic direction of the organization.  

The Senior Grants Officer should have previous experience in, or an ability to develop fluency in policy analysis and systems change efforts and the ability to articulate that work to a variety of audiences. The Senior Grants Officer will develop and maintain the organization’s annual foundation funding plan and will work closely with the Director of Research & Strategy, President & CEO, Senior Development Officer, Finance & Operations Manager, and senior leadership. The position is responsible for researching new funding opportunities, framing and writing grant requests, managing the grant calendar, monitoring grant progress, and submitting grant reports.



Grant Writing & Project Management

Build grant strategy, systems, and cross-team proposals to successfully fund Children’s Institute

      • Develop, alongside senior leadership, multi-year fundraising plans and grant requests.
      • Write compelling proposals and reports.
      • Identify organizational funding priorities by convening cross-team work groups; develop products that effectively promote these priorities to potential funders.
      • Maintain the organization’s grants calendar and ensure all deadlines are met.
      • Track organizational activity, grant outcomes, team responsibilities, and ensure compliance with all grant funding requirements.
      • Prepare staff for participation in key funder meetings.
      • Conduct research and due diligence for new foundations, and grant prospects; develop funder pipeline to shape year over year funding.
      • Provide detailed document management and record-keeping (proposals, agreements, reports, budgets, contact reports, grant attachments).
      • Collaborate with finance department to ensure alignment between proposals and budgets.

    Additional Development Support

    • Support Senior Development Officer, staff, and board to strengthen the organization’s individual and corporate fundraising strategies and events.
    • Additional duties as assigned.


      • Preference for three or more years of experience in grant writing and project management.
      • Strong preference for candidates with a passion for CI’s mission and demonstrated background or understanding of public policy and advocacy, early childhood, and issues affecting low-income families.
      • Demonstrated ability to secure multi-year grants.
      • Track record of success in cultivating, securing, and stewarding grants of six-figures or more.
      • Excellent writing skills with ability to quickly absorb and explain complex information and translate and make accessible for a variety of audiences.
      • Ability to research funding opportunities and match state and national funder interests with CI’s work.
      • Excellent verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with a range of stakeholders including board members, funders, donors, partners, and CI staff.
      • Experience in leading team work groups a plus.
      • Superior organizational, analytical, and strategic thinking skills.
      • Ability to be a thought partner with senior leadership and to work collaboratively with teams across the organization.
      • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and digital resources and tools; familiarity with donor databases (Salesforce a plus).
      • Entrepreneurial, tenacious, results-driven, and solutions-oriented.


    • Employer fully-paid medical/dental coverage
    • Employer fully-paid Short-Term Disability coverage
    • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with qualified match and contribution
    • 125 Flexible Benefits Plan
    • Generous paid time off, sick leave, and holidays


    Children’s Institute is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of CI to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions. Personnel actions include recruitment, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. Relations between employees shall be based on mutual respect, and regard for the effectiveness and well-being of the organization.


    Consistent with applicable disability law, Children’s Institute will provide reasonable accommodations to assist qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential function of a job, and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment applicable to similarly situated employees without disabilities, provided the accommodation would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of CI.

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